Reader’s Request: Food Combining

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.

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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!

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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. ๐Ÿ˜€

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Ally (oatsandspice)

Your niece is precious! SO adorable!

Good luck apartment hunting ๐Ÿ™‚

Red Deception

I hope you find an awesome apartment! Good luck!

Holly @ The Runny Egg

Interesting about the food combining – I know so little about it, but it really is a good concept!

Morgan Torres

Thanks for the reminder about bananas…I was just thinking I really needed to start dipping them in chocolate…

Pure2raw twins

awww you niece is adorable…makes me miss my niece.

thanks for the recap on food combining, so important!

Kathy

Megan, Are these books part of your schooling? or just recreational reading?

I love his books but I don’t have the diet and salad book. I have thought about buying it. Let us know how it assists in your continued healthy food choices.

Thanks…

    Megan

    The “Become Younger” book is for a detox certification that I’m getting in May (so not for my other nutrition school). The two other books are just for fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’ll let you know how I like the Diet and Salad book once I get through it!

michaela

Thank you so much about for this post. There is many foods that we can not find in combining chart. What doyou think about almond meal? Does it combine with nuts or starch?. Also protein powder, rice is a starch, but since it powder is protein powder it should belong to flesh category?

Many thank to you

    Megan

    Almond meal is just finely ground almonds– so it’s still in the nut/seed/dried fruit category.

    Protein powders are tricky, but I usually combine them based on whatever they are made of– so if it’s a rice protein, it would combine with starches, if it’s hemp, it combines in the nut/seed category. Hemp is my protein powder of choice, because it combines well with bananas for smoothies! ๐Ÿ˜€

kate@ahealthypassion

I really need to learn more about food combining!

Sara

I was looking through old posts and found this one on food combining. Why can you combine nuts and dried fruit, but not fresh fruit?

    Megan

    Fresh fruit digests MUCH faster than anything else, which is why it’s recommended to eat fresh fruit alone, on an empty stomach. Eating it with anything else will slow down the breakdown of the fruit, leading to fermentation in the body.

    Dried fruit, on the other hand, digests slower because the water is removed. The juicier a food, the faster it digests, so by removing the water, the dried fruit has a slower transit time in the digestive system, similar to nuts and seeds– which is why you can eat them together.

    Hope that helps! ๐Ÿ™‚

Amy

What about legumes? I can’t see them on your chart and am wondering how to combine them? Thanks so much for the helpful info ๐Ÿ™‚

    Megan

    They are slightly difficult to digest, but I tend to combine them as a starch.

Mike

Hello and thank you for all you do I love visiting your site to learn and empowering myself and my family. This seems to tie in with ayurveda which I’ve come to greatly appreciate. Would you comment on raw milk, kefir, eggs and yogurt please? I believe they are ok together but maybe not the yogurt can you help with this thank you!

Mike

Oh and lastly, about seeds and dairy. It seems like a not very good combination, but what about avocado, in my raw milk and egg smoothie?

Leslie

Hi, Megan. Thank you for you blog, so full of useful and positive information! In’d like to suggest one small change to your recommendations on how to eat yogurt: It’s never a good idea to sweeten it with honey, as honey is antibacterial and thus kills the beneficial bacteria in the yogurt.

gail

i am lactose intolerant so i eat almond yogurt. can i combine that with bananas or blueberries?

Vicky

So whey protein is a no-no for smoothies? What about amino acids?

    Megan Gilmore

    Amino acids are in pretty much every everything, so you’ll be getting those no matter what you eat. Hemp hearts and quinoa are both a complete source of protein, with all the essential amino acids your body needs, but your body can also put together amino acids to build protein using a combination of other foods, too. If you want to include whey protein in your diet, you can, but for food combining it would be challenging to make an “animal protein” smoothie. It would have to be mostly the whey protein and non-starchy vegetables. I typically use bananas, nut butters and seeds in my smoothies since they digest well together, or avocado, spinach, and frozen fruit for a “fresh fruit” option. Hope that helps!

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