I’ve received a number of emails regarding food combining lately. While you can find plenty of information on the subject by looking at my food combining chart, I thought I’d take a minute here to answer a Reader’s Request:
How does yogurt combine? What about flaxseed meal?
The easiest way to figure out how something combines, is to look at the ingredients.
In the case of yogurt, it’s milk-based– so it would combine in the “flesh” category.
I recommend buying plain, non-sweetened yogurt (preferable goat’s milk yogurt), then flavoring it yourself with stevia, raw honey, or other natural sweetener of choice. Cinnamon, vanilla, or another natural extract would be a delicious addition, as well! Remember, fruit should be eaten by itself 20-30 minutes before eating anything else, so topping your yogurt with fruit isn’t an ideal combination. If you want the fruit, eat it first, then follow with yogurt later.
To keep the meal properly combined with yogurt, you could eat anything else from the “flesh” category– including eggs, meat, fish, or cheese– and any raw or cooked, non-starchy vegetables you like. You could even make a creamy salad dressing using yogurt as the base, and serve it over a pile of leafy greens and crunchy veggies!
In the case of flaxseed meal, the answer is the in the name– it’s a seed! So, it would combine in the Nut/Seed/Dried Fruit category.
You could throw flaxseed meal over a salad of leafy greens, raw veggies, and top it off with some dried fruit and raw walnuts. Or, you could make a smoothie using bananas, flaxseed meal, almond milk and spinach. (bananas are an exception to the fruit rule– they can combine with avocados OR nuts/seeds/dried fruit) I bet it would thicken up a salad dressing well, or could work well in a nut-based raw dessert, too!
Hope that helps shed some more light on food combining. Your tummies will thank you. 😀