The start to a healthy gut begins with the daily ingestion of probiotics. Nowadays it’s fairly easy to purchase supplements that contain live strains of healthy bacteria. However, taking the same supplements day after day, over and over again can get pretty repetitive and ultimately, bland and boring. Let’s not forget expensive as well.
If you are dedicated to attaining good gut health but are tired of taking the same supplement each day, it might be time to consider your options. Luckily, there are plenty of healthy, delicious, and whole foods that naturally contain strains of probiotics. Doesn’t eating tasty (and healthy) delicious foods sound like the better option?
Listed below are a great variety of foods that are naturally rich in probiotics. You’ll most certainly want to add these items on your list for your next food shopping trip.
Greek yogurt especially, is probiotic-rich and works great as a mid-meal snack or a breakfast time delight. When buying yogurt, read the labels carefully since many brands use high fructose corn syrup and sugar as their main components. You’ll want to keep an eye out for yogurt that is all natural with no additives.
This is a type of carbonated, fermented tea that is made with healthy, probiotic bacteria. Kombucha can maximize your energy, detox your liver, assist in weight loss, and is an altogether great drink to promote optimal gut health. These teas can be found in any local grocery store and come in many different, delicious flavors.
Did you know that along with the many healthy--and delicious--characteristics dark chocolate has, it can protect probiotics from extreme levels of pH that can be located within the digestive tract? From this protection, the probiotics can make their way to the colon and assist in proper digestion. Did we mention it’s a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth?
Since sourdough bread is made with fermented flour and water, it’s packed with probiotics. Here’s the perfect excuse for guilt-free carb consumption.
In Japanese culture, Miso soup is used as a digestive regulator. You can find this savory dish in almost any Japanese restaurant, but to make at home, all you need is hot water and a tablespoon of miso. For additional pops of flavor, add chopped chives, tofu, and even mushrooms.
Not only do pickles taste great on a sandwich, they are packed with live strains of probiotics, too! Be sure to read the ingredients before purchasing a jar or sour pickles; if they are made with vinegar than they do not contain live probiotics. For maximum probiotic consumption, make yourself a tasty sandwich with some probiotic sourdough bread topped off with a juicy pickle.
If not in milk form, kefir slightly resembles cottage cheese. Naturally, kefir contains approximately 30 strains of healthy bacteria and yeast.
Tempeh is an Indonesian dish that is made from fermented soybeans and made into a cake-like form. Tempeh is rich with protein, probiotics, and nutrients and is a fan favorite amongst the vegetarian and vegan community.
If you love Moscow Mules, then you’ll enjoy this tidbit of information. Ginger beer is a delicious fermented drink that is carbonated, sweet, and packed-full with healthy probiotic strains.
Kimchi is a Korean dish that can do wonders for your digestion (Source). This probiotic-filled dish is made from fermented veggies such as Nappa cabbage and Korean radishes, mixed with scallions, garlic, ginger, and chili powder.
All of these delectable foods can be found at any standard or health food store. Not only are the foods listed above packed with probiotics, they are so versatile and can be spun into a variety of delicious dishes. Being healthy just got a lot more delicious.