Working as a lawyer and a blogger means that my schedule is different from day to day and my meals can be pretty unpredictable. In terms of blogging, each week, there can be multiple events to go to, and there are always new restaurants to check out or review. I talked about the effect of this on my body in one of my last blog posts and how I’m determined to get back into shape. I have such a Type A personality, so a little part of me dies inside whenever I have no control over my eating. But the one meal of the day that I DO have full control over is breakfast; and there is one superfood that I make sure is a part of my every day: yogurt.
I started having a yogurt a day several years ago, probably because of all that snazzy marketing about probiotics and prebiotics and their promotion of good digestive health (I’m such a sucker for good marketing). Having natural ingredients in my yogurt is something that is important to me, which is why I prefer Iögo, as compared to some other brands on the market. As you might have seen from my Instagram stories last week, Iögo recently changed its packaging and decided to make this announcement with a surprise fashion show in the aisles of a downtown Toronto grocery store, which was pretty unexpected and fun!
What is a Superfood and What Makes Yogurt a Superfood?
“Superfood” is basically a fancy term to describe foods that are especially rich in nutrients and therefore, really, really good for you. Among them are blueberries, kale, pomegranate, watermelon, beets, and Greek yogurt, to name a few. Some people dispute the term “superfood”, and say it’s merely a marketing ploy. However, I think we can all agree that the foods that fall into this category are extremely good for you, so why not eat more of them?
Greek yogurt is filled with protein and probiotics (another fancy term to describe bacteria that are good for your digestive system). Probiotics help move food through your body, promote the growth of good bacteria, and have been shown to assist with health in other parts of the body as well, like the mouth, skin, and urinary tract. Apart from Greek yogurt, all yogurts are known for being great sources of calcium, potassium, protein and vitamins.
The single most important reason that Iögo is my yogurt of choice is that it’s made from all natural ingredients. Iögo has real fruit and fresh milk, and it doesn’t contain any gelatine, artificial colours, artificial flavours, or preservatives. It’s low in calories (between 80-90 calories per serving) and is 100% Canadian made. Since I’m a plain vanilla kind of girl, I usually have the pro-bio vanilla flavour, which I sometimes add granola or fresh fruits to, depending on what we have at home.
When I’m feeling lazy, I’ll eat directly from the tub in bed…shhhh, don’t tell my fiancé!
I like the convenience of the individual cups, since I eat on the go a lot (read: I’m usually in a rush to get to work in the morning). Yogurt is honestly the easiest snack for me to bring to the office. I don’t have to worry about getting my hands dirty or making a mess on my keyboard; and since I’m all about efficiency, I can eat while I work.
Iögo’s also available in re-sealable pouches that you can squeeze into your cup or blender for smoothies…just don’t make a mess, like I’m prone to!
I’m not that big on other dairy products (the only milk I have is in my coffee). I love cheese and ice cream, but I’m not about to eat them every day. So, having a yogurt a day is one way I can make sure to get calcium in my body on a regular basis.
What are some superfoods that you guys consume on a regular basis, and is yogurt a part of your daily routine?