Girl, yogurt never goes out of style

If someone asked you to rattle off typical American breakfast foods, hopefully, one of your responses will be “yogurt”.

It’s usually prominently featured in every buffet, and available at any grocery store with a wide selection of flavor! However, yogurt is more than just its creamy texture - it is also a great option to boost your digestive system. With much new information available around this critical component of your body, it's definitely best to listen to your gut (no pun intended 😉).

This #ManiFreshToMonday, we want to share why one of our favorite breakfast bowls - The Granola Girl yogurt bowl - is a great choice to kick off your week:

We all hear how our digestive system is considered the “second brain”, but what does that really mean? New studies have led to the discussion of the “little brain” known as the enteric nervous system (ENS). The ENS mainly controls the digestive system but is also in high communication with the big guy up in the skull. When dealing with digestive discomfort (irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, diarrhea, etc.), scientists believe the ENS may lead to emotional triggers such as anxiety and depression. Interestingly enough, the new understanding of our ENS and CNS may help explain the effectiveness of bowel-disorder treatment with mind-body therapies. Talk about a gut feeling! All in all, new findings are concluding one thing: digestive health is important.

When milk is heated and common bacteria such as Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei and Bifidus are combined, we end up with the creamy treat we all think looks so good on all those commercials. And lucky for us, yogurt is not just a treat; in fact, this probiotic food can help maintain the balance of bacteria that’s essential for a healthy digestive system while aiding in other health support such as an immune boost, higher bone density (thanks to its protein and calcium content) and potentially lower blood pressure!

Our yogurt bowl - The Granola Girl - is a perfect choice to incorporate #guthealth without feeling as though you are choking down a bland spoonful of blech 😉. We start off with creamy Siggi’s Dairy Icelandic yogurt (a great selection of yogurt with low sugar) and top it off with our house-made crunchy granola, sweet berries, banana and honey. It’s simple, delicious, and a step forward to having a healthy gut. For our dairy-free devotees, we offer Forager cashew yogurt to substitute.


  • The word “yogurt” is believed to be derived from Turkish origins “yogurmak”, meaning “to thicken, or curdle

  • Those who are lactose intolerant, may be able to eat certain yogurts because of its lower concentration of lactose.

  • Other great probiotic options include: kefir, sauerkraut and kimchi

  • siggi’s Dairy yogurt does not use any artificial preservatives, thickeners, flavors, colors, or sweeteners

  • Bananas are 76% water - a great electrolyte food for that post-workout snack!

Photo: Lindley Battle Photography

Jonathan Roten