Lactose Intolerant? Try Ice Cream with Greek Yogurt

Mom eating her ice cream/Greek yogurt blend before going to bed

Mom eating her ice cream/Greek yogurt blend before going to bed.

About a month ago I was talking to my mother about how I wished there was a way to make plain Greek yogurt into a frozen custard. I’m not a fan of frozen yogurt because it typically has way too much sugar, is loaded with artificial sweeteners or has chemicals. All of these are no-nos in my book. If God (or whomever you refer to “God” as) didn’t make it, I won’t eat it. (Okay, I’m not a saint but that’s my general rule.) As far as the sugar is concerned, the more I eat, the worse I feel. So I eat little sugar, and when I do it’s in the form of agave nectar, maple syrup, unsulphured blackstrap molasses, or raw cane sugar (like when I go to Starbucks!).

Ok, I’m digressing a bit here. Back on topic. My mother recommended that I mix the Greek yogurt with ice cream to achieve the same effect. I told her that would be great, but I’m not a big fan of ice cream. I rarely crave it and, when I do, it’s usually 95 degrees outside. But my mother is a big ice cream lover. But ice cream does not love her, as we who are members of her family can attest. My mother is highly lactose intolerant. Highly! One horrible side effect: flatulence. Or what most of us know as gas. My mother’s grandchildren love her but they refuse to sleep in the bed with her anymore if she has ice cream. It was so bad, my nieces and nephew still complain over a year later!

Well, that problem has been solved! My mother took her own advice and mixed three scoops of vanilla ice cream with two scoops of Greek yogurt. (I did say my Mom loves ice cream!) She ate it before going to bed. And you know what, no side effects. None, nada, zip. She has now had this combination almost every single night for the last month. No lie! I told you. My Mom loves ice cream and likes plain Greek yogurt and now, through this combination, she can feast to her heart’s content on ice cream with no side effects. However, I told her to get on the scale or ease up a bit because I think there is one side effect she’s not considering!

What I believe is going on is that the active probiotic cultures – the L. Acidophilus, L. Casei, Bifidobacterium, S. Thermophilus, and L. Bulgaricus – break down the lactic acid in the ice cream. The yogurt works much better than taking the lactic acid pills, which my Mom tried to do before eating her ice cream but said these only helped a little. In addition, because the plain regular (not nonfat or 2%) Greek yogurt has minimal sugar, the combination does not give my Mom a sugar rush.

So, if you lactose intolerant and love ice cream, try mixing Greek yogurt with your ice cream. Let me know if it works for you. But don’t do like my Mom. Practice moderation instead!

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