By: Zena Rebello
Healthy living, including regular exercise and eating right, has always been a part of my life. I'm an avid Muay Thai practitioner and strive to make healthy food choices. When it comes to snacks, I've always enjoyed the smooth and creamy taste of Greek yogurt. I eat it in the morning, during my afternoon break and even sometimes as a late night delight.
Recently, I had the opportunity to sample Danone's new Oikos Creations. I got to try the coolest new flavours including Lemon Meringue, Banana Choco, Coco Flakes and Raspberry Choco. Each flavour I tried was better than the one before it. For all the ice cream lovers, the Banana Choco flavour is reminiscent of a banana split. My personal favourite is the Lemon Meringue. The light, tantalizing taste of the much-loved lemony dessert melted in my mouth. Its rich, creamy texture reminds me more of a decadent dessert than a healthy snack.
I was pleasantly surprised to learn that each little decadent cup of Oikos Creations has 100 calories, 8 grams of protein and nine essential amino acids and active yogurt cultures. After sampling each flavour, my mind started buzzing with all of the creative things I could do with the yogurt. I could make frozen yogurt pops with Raspberry Choco, or give my morning smoothie an island twist with the addition of Coco Flakes.
One morning, I decided to make Banana Choco pancakes. I followed my go-to pancake recipe (any pancake recipe that calls for yogurt will do) and substituted the Banana Choco Oikos Creations for plain yogurt. The pancakes turned out fluffy and fantastic! With hints of banana and the taste of chocolate, this heavenly protein-rich breakfast was so yummy that my boyfriend and I devoured them immediately!
The freshness of the flavours combined with the nutritional value left me highly satisfied. With a variety of flavours that Oikos Creations offers, there is a something to appease everyone's cravings!
Zena Rebello is an environmental and atmospheric chemist by day and an ardent Muay Thai practitioner by night.