Probiotics are key, but while yogurt is a fast, easy and effective way to soak up those tiny gut cleaners you need to keep things in check, finding a dairy-free alternative that does the job without tasting like tangy mush can be a frustrating process. We put together this list of six bad-bacteria-busting vegan yogurts to help you beat the bloat and enjoy your afternoon snack too.
Aside from its sleek, attractive branding, these 5.3-ounce cups have a lot to offer the dairy-weary: nine different gluten-free, soy-free, and vegan flavors, including pineapple, key lime, blueberry, strawberry, plain, vanilla, and the ever-popular peach made with California peaches. Each is stocked with protein and plenty of gut-friendly probiotics. The European-style varieties are as silky smooth as the real thing, if not smoother, and most clock in around the 160-calorie mark.($4.99 for 2; jet.com)
When it comes to ingredients, I’m generally in the “less-is-more” camp, and these organic, plant-based numbers definitely fit the bill. Whether you’re opting for unsweetened plain, blueberry, strawberry, vanilla, cherry, lemon, or coconut, you’re looking at just a handful of ingredients, including six live active cultures. It’s not the most protein-packed cup on the shelf, with most varieties hovering around 2 to 3 grams per serving, but what it lacks for in that area, it makes up for in clean, crisp flavor, an unbeatably creamy texture, and comparatively low calorie counts (most around 140) and sugar content (12 or fewer grams).($1.89; jet.com)
A longtime leader in the soy sector, this nondairy pioneer has jumped on the almond milk train with its line of velvety plant-based yogurts. Creative options like superfood-charged mixed berry acai and rich dark chocolate coconut stand out from the crowd. And the focus on streamlined ingredient lists, added calcium and vitamin D, and their cholesterol-, dairy-, soy-, lactose-, gluten-, carrageenan- and casein-free status only ups the ante. Many are higher in sugar, sure, but if you’re in the mood to indulge without sacrificing nutritional value, this one’s it.($4.29 for 2; jet.com)
Another leader in the plant-based scene, So Delicious’s strength lies in its diversity and wide accessibility—seriously, you can find this stuff just about anywhere. Certified vegan, gluten-free, and Non-GMO Project Verified, these yogurts run the gamut from unsweetened vanilla (less than a gram of sugar!!) all the way to pineapple brulée. There’s even a chocolate version that makes for a fantastic sweet-and-tangy after-dinner treat. The protein factor admittedly leaves something to be desired, but stirring in some nuts is an easy fix if you’re jonesing for the power boost.
Known for its organic cultured dairy lassis, Massachusetts-based Dahlicious ventured into nondairy territory last year, adding on a stash of almond milk yogurts that absolutely live up to the brand’s stellar reputation. The soy-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, non-GMO, Kosher, lactose-free and vegan line contains mango, strawberry, vanilla, plain, and blueberry flavors. They’re made from 100-percent organic, whole-ground Spanish almonds, resulting in layers upon layers of well-balanced flavor as well as tons of retained nutrition. Slow-culturing ensures you’re getting the most out of each cup’s 15 billion probiotics, and with 6 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber, and 8 or fewer grams of sugar, the slightly steeper calorie count (160-190 per serving) is worth it.($1.99; jet.com)
If you’re the type of person who prefers getting your daily probiotic fill sans spoon, Califia Farms has you covered. Almond and coconut milk join forces inside these drinkable wonders, teaming up with no less than 10 billion active probiotic CFUs fueled by a groundbreaking nondairy culture of the famously effective BB-12 strain as well real fruit. Sugar is on the higher end, but three grams of protein, three grams of fiber, and just 100-150 calories per serving does a good job of rounding things out. Regardless, you really can’t beat these little bottles’ inherent on-the-go factor.($24 for 8; califiafarms.com)