More and more research is showing the health benefits of probiotics.
Here are 5 easy ways to get in more probiotics into your diet!
Probiotics- a nicer word for healthy bacteria, and a topic that’s become increasingly popular the more we learn about them. It’s such a hot topic that it’s hard to believe there was once a time when encouraging people to add healthy bacteria to their diets was a difficult sell. Now we know that probiotics are beneficial for gut health, immune protection and now the latest research is showing how it can actually help our brain health too!
Stay tuned for some really interesting blog posts I have planned on probiotics. There’s so much exciting research to share!
In the meantime, here are is my list of the 5 easiest ways to add probiotics in your diet!
1. Kombucha and probiotic drinks.
Probiotics drinks are everywhere and for good reason- they’re a convenient and delicious way to consume probiotics!
TIP: KeVita is a leader in fermented probiotic and kombucha beverages with billions of live probiotics in every bottle. They have so many flavors of Sparkling Probiotic Drink, Master Brew Kombucha and Apple Cider Vinegar Tonic. KeVita drinks are certified organic, non-GMO, gluten-free and vegan. Cheers to good gut health!
Yogurt is the OG of the probiotic world. I remember when it seemed like inside info that there was actually bacteria in yogurt and that it was good for you!
Tip: When purchasing yogurt, it’s best to choose plain versions with live and active cultures. You can always add in your own fruit. Or you can go the savory route too. Check out my recipe for tzatziki sauce using dairy-free yogurt here!
Who would have thought that the kraut we added to our hot dogs and hamburgers for years could be healthy! Well that is only partially true. There are some major caveats when it comes to sauerkraut being nutritious. First, sauerkrauts are loaded with salt. Secondly, most store-bought varieties have lost their healthy live bacteria due to the heavy processing and pasteurization.
Tip: It’s best to go with high quality (e.g. refrigerated) sauerkrauts which are more likely to have the live bacteria still present. Better yet, try making your own! There are tons of recipes online. Basically, you combine cabbage, salt, vinegar and whatever other flavors you want (e.g. spices) in a close lid jar and forget about it for a month! While this is a relatively easy (albeit lengthy) process, please be sure you have researched how to make it safely. You do not want to introduce bad bacteria!
Kimchi is made using fermented vegetables and spices. It’s very similar to sauerkraut and popular in Korean dishes.
Tip: You can find kimchi in many health food stores these days!
Most people know about miso from miso soup. It’s basically fermented soybeans and it’s so good!
Tip: Miso can be used in so many different recipes other than miso soup. I personally love making miso carrot salad dressings- I will share the recipe for this soon! You can find it in the refrigerated section of most grocery stores.
How do you get your probiotics? Share in the comments below!