I LOVE yogurt…especially Greek yogurt! Until recently, I had been adding Greek yogurt to my morning smoothies, quinoa bowls, and any recipe that I could!
But…a couple of months ago, I went out of town for the weekend and didn’t eat any yogurt of any kind for about 3-4 days. I noticed something….I noticed that the daily excruciating stomach aches that I would get improved significantly!! I realized that during those couple days, I didn’t have abdominal discomfort, distention, or pain radiating into my back and chest.
I definitely had mixed feelings about this “ah-ha!”moment. Of course I was super excited that I inadvertently eliminated yogurt from my diet and that I made the connection that without yogurt, my GI felt better. 🙂 But, at the same time, I was pretty bummed because I ate yogurt all the time and had no idea what I was going to do to replace this essential ingredient in some of my favorite recipes and meals 🙁
So, once I was done with my pity party, I told myself I needed to think outside the box, and started experimenting with my beloved quinoa breakfast bowls. It took me a bit to realize that I could still have and enjoy these, even without the yogurt…YAY!! See my new recipe below for my yogurt-free apple cinnamon quinoa breakfast bowl 🙂
1. Cook quinoa according to package instructions
2. Place 1/2 cup quinoa into a bowl and add 1/4-1/3 cup of your favorite kind of milk. (Since I am a lover of all things coconut, I usually use coconut milk, but almond or cashew milk is tasty too.)
3. Chop up an apple and add that to the quinoa/milk mixture. Then add cinnamon, honey, pecans or almonds, hemp seeds/ground flax or flax seeds/chia seeds for added superfood power, then microwave until warm.
4. Give it a good stir and enjoy this delicious warm cereal bowl morning, noon, or night!!
A lot of people have GI difficulties when it comes to dairy products and yogurt. But for mast cell patients, how does yogurt affect us?
Yogurt is a fermented food. Most mast cell patients don’t do well with fermented foods. 🙁 Fermented foods are high in histamine. Mast cell patients already have high histamine levels which results in some of their baseline symptoms. Mast cell patients certainly don’t need to be adding more histamine to their bodies. Adding more histamine results in more symptoms…which was certainly the situation for me. For me, my high histamine level gives me a lot of GI symptoms, just at my baseline. It makes total sense that yogurt would simply add to this and make the situation that much worse 🙁
So….I haven’t had yogurt since November!! My GI symptoms have been much improved-less severe, less frequent, and much more manageable. For that I am grateful! And, I’ve been able to tweak some of my favorite recipes so that they are still enjoyable and don’t add to the symptoms that I already have 🙂
Give this yogurt-free apple cinnamon quinoa bowl a try and enjoy!!
As always…wishing you well,