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Product Review: AYO Organic Almond Milk Yogurt

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Do you like yogurt? I sure do. As food trends adapt to changing diets, I’ve sampled and reviewed a variety of delicious non-dairy yogurts. While these yogurts are ideal for fans who are lactose intolerant, and also those who follow a vegan diet, the bottom line is that it has to taste great. With nut-derived milks becoming increasingly popular, it makes sense that an almond milk-based yogurt would hit the market. If you’re curious about non-dairy yogurt alternatives, let me introduce you to AYO, a delicious and healthy yogurt made with organic almond milk.

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AYO was created by the Billings family, who have been growing almonds on their farm, based in California’s sunny San Joaquin Valley, for four generations. The Billings‘ are forward-thinking farmers who are passionate about introducing better-for-you foods with clear traceability, vertical integration and sustainable practices. Their commitment to innovation, and a farm-to-spoon philosophy, created AYO yogurt. From their almond orchards where everything starts, to picking, then churning, blending with organic fruits or organic vanilla, and culturing the yogurt — the result is luscious, probiotic-rich yogurts that taste fantastic.

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Since I’ve been working from home, yogurt has been one of my go-to snacks, so I was thrilled to receive samples of all four flavors (Strawberry, Peach, Blueberry, and Vanilla) of AYO yogurt to enjoy. Each variety has only 150 or 160 calories per 5.3 ounce cup, so you can stay on your diet as well!

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When I opened my first cup, what I noticed right away about this yogurt is its very smooth, almost drinkable consistency. No stirring is needed because the fruit is thoroughly blended with the yogurt, to guarantee that the first spoonful tastes as sweet and tangy as the last.

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Peaches are one of my favorite fruits, so I enjoyed this flavor every much. You can see little bits of peach on my spoon. Yummy.

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The Vanilla AYO is just sweet enough, but also has the distinctive tangy flavor that tells you that you are eating real yogurt.

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You can snack and work at the same time!

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When you peel back the lid of the Blueberry AYO Almond Milk Yogurt, guess what you smell? Blueberries.

ayo frozen pops

AYO would be perfect as an ingredient in variety of recipes for healthy shakes and desserts, but today I’m going share with you the most delicious Granola Yogurt Breakfast Popsicle recipe, which they call Gro-Yo Pops. The whole family will love these, as they are great for the summer months and make an easy, nutritious breakfast!

Gro-Yo Pops (Dairy-free, Plant-based, Farm to Freezer Popsicles)

1 ¼ cups AYO Strawberry Yogurt
½ cups chopped fresh berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and/or blackberries)
4 teaspoons coconut oil or GHEE, divided
1 teaspoon almond extract
6 tablespoons coconut flakes, ground almonds and crumbled

Stir yogurt, berries, 2 teaspoons coconut oil and almond extract together in a medium bowl. Divide among six 3-ounce popsicle molds. Stir coconut flakes, and ground almonds and the remaining 2 teaspoons of coconut oil together in a small bowl. Top each popsicle with 1 tablespoon of the coconut almond mixture. Insert popsicle sticks and freeze overnight.

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Product Review: Tava Ghee, Pure Spreadable Butter

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Do you like Butter? I sure do. You know what I don’t like, though? Cold, hard butter that sometimes arrives at your table along with the bread at even the fanciest restaurants. What is up with that? Butter should be soft and spreadable, and hard butter destroys the bread! There is no need for butter to be hard unless you need to transport it through the desert on a refrigerated truck. Otherwise, no need!

Given my passionate stand on soft butter, it is probably no accident that, while I was at the Summer Fancy Food show a couple of months back, I was introduced to the Tava Life Provisions company and their delicious product, flavored, 100% grass fed Pure Spreadable Butter, also known as Ghee. If you have eaten a lot of delicious Indian food, as I have, you may already know that Ghee (clarified butter) originates in India, where it is used extensively in cooking and its health benefits are widely promoted. Also, it is fun to say: Ghee.

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Health benefits of consuming Pure Spreadable Butter include increased metabolism and improved digestive function, something that I wasn’t getting enough results in when I found the phen375 for sale and read about it as a metabolism-boosting alternative. Tava Ghee is pure, with no hydrogenated oils, and it is rich in the healthy fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K, as well as being a source of the natural cancer-fighting fatty acid conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). Who knew butter could be such a healthy food?

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Original Ghee is clarified butter that has been cooked down for hours. It then turns into a beautiful gold color and creates a sweet, caramel, nutty aroma, but maintains a buttery taste. Ghee alone is an excellent alternative to butter for those who are lactose intolerant (all the milk solids are removed through reducing and then filtering the butter) and who want the taste of butter, without the unhealthy fats often found in margarine.

Most importantly, Tava Ghee is delicious. Tava Representatives sent me sample jars of their regular Ghee, plus three gourmet flavored varieties, and I got started cooking with them right away.

Green Chili Ghee with Eggs

Tava’s Green Chili infused Ghee will add a spicy kick to any savory dish, such as meats, vegetables or, in my case, eggs. Eggs scrambled in Green Chili Ghee are ready for a south-of-the-border brunch with just a sprinkling of cheese and a side of refried beans!

Himalayan Pink Sea Salt Ghee

Himalayan Pink Sea Salt is definitely on trend as a popular and sought-after food ingredient. Tava infuses their lightly whipped Ghee with just the right amount of Himalayan salt, so that no additional seasoning needed.

Pasta with Sea Salt Ghee

It tastes great on pasta dishes like this Capellini with Broccoli and Cheese!

Vanilla Bean Ghee with Toast

To create the fragrant Vanilla Bean Ghee – which is prefect to top your morning toast – pure Madagascar vanilla bean is soaked and stirred into the ghee, leaving a very subtle sweet taste. This Ghee is not so sweet that it should deter you from topping your toast with your favorite jam or sweet spread.

Ghee is easy to bake with, shelf stable for up to nine months, and can be cooked with at high temperatures of 250°C (482°F), which is well above typical cooking temperatures for regular butter and most vegetable oils. Exciting! Find out more about Tava Ghee, get delicious Ghee recipes and even purchase these products online at Tava Life Dot Com!

Snack Review: Lifeway Frozen Kefir Bars

Lifeway Frozen Kefir Bars
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Do you like frozen desserts? I sure do. Frozen Fruit, Ice Cream, Yogurt – just put it on a stick and I’m good to go for convenient, tasty snacking! While attending the Health & Nutrition Editor Showcase event in February, I was introduced to a healthy snack called frozen Kefir from the Lifeway family of products. The folks at Lifeway were happy to send over a couple of boxes of their Frozen Kefir Bars in two delicious flavors and I have been enjoying them this past week as a light and low calorie snack while TV-watching!

For those who need a little back-story, Kefir is a cultured milk product that is similar to yogurt in that it contains probiotics – healthy bacteria that aid in digestion – as well as having other healthy benefits. I actually did a little research on the differences between Yogurt and Kefir, and you can check that out for yourself at This Link and learn about Lifeway Kefir’s various benefits by clicking Here.

The most distinctive flavor profile aspect of frozen Kefir is its tart sourness, which keeps the bar from tasting overly sweet. The Coconut Frozen Kefir Bar tastes exactly like Coconut as soon as it hits your tongue, but it is a light sweetness that contrasts well with Kefir’s natural tanginess. The Vanilla flavor also optimizes the natural tanginess to create a taste similar to delicious, rich Vanilla cheesecake — and who doesn’t love that? Kefir’s texture is creamy and there are only 56 calories per bar – which makes it an ideal dessert choice for anyone watching their weight. These all-natural bars are gluten free and 99% lactose free as well.

Lifeway Frozen Coconut Kefir Bar

Lifeway Frozen Kefir Bars come in four flavors, including the very tasty Coconut and Vanilla mentioned in this review as well as Green Tea Raspberry and Peach, which sound delicious! Sign up to receive free discount coupons on Lifeway Products and find stores near you that sell Lifeway Frozen Kefir Bars at This Link!

Product Review: Daiya Dairy-Free Strawberry Cream Cheese Style Spread

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Do you like cream cheese? I sure do. And if it’s got some fruit in it, all the better. I first heard about Daiya Dairy Free Cream Cheese Spreads at last Summer’s Food Fete and I became an instant fan!

After a bit of searching, I was recently able to locate Daiya‘s Strawberry Cream Cheese Style Spread at Whole Foods on 14th Street and have been enjoying it on my morning toast.

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It Looks Pretty Good, Right?

This spread has an authentic, cream cheese tanginess with a not-too-sweet flavor of real strawberries mixed in. The texture is very smooth and creamy, and it spreads easily without tearing the bread — which can sometimes be an issue with regular cream cheese. Daiya also makes this spread in Plain and Chive and Onion flavors, which would be great for use in making savory party snacks!

Daiya Spread on Toasted English Muffin

And while it tastes great on a toasted bagel or English Muffin, it can be used as a substitute in any recipe that calls for Cream Cheese, so feel free to get creative! Find out more about Daiya Dairy Free cheese products — including their new Gluten-Free Frozen Pizza — plus discover amazing recipes and find out where to buy delicious Daiya products at Daiya Foods Dot Com.