Your body is teeming with life. Not just your life (obviously), but the life of literally TRILLIONS of bacteria that making your entire body tick. Of course, we usually think about the pathogens that can hurt you, but what you should really consider are the probiotics that help improve your gut microbiome. The diversity of your gut microbiome helps strengthen your immune system, helps you digest the nutrients in your food, and even helps your brain-gut axis.
Healthy digestion, clear skin, and good metabolic health are all positive of a healthy microbiome, but if you do not want to spend part of your morning routine ingesting countless pill and supplements to increase your gut microbiome.
If you want to go another route, a great option to you is to get the healthy bacteria your gut needs through your diet. Some of the best way to go about doing this is with probiotic rich foods.
Probiotic rich foods you can make at home:
Making fermented food at home is a fantastic way to diversify your diet and ensure that you get probiotic-rich food in your day-to-day life.
Experimenting with new techniques of making classic fermented foods is an easy way to make healthy and productive eating fun.
For fermentation to really work, you need carbohydrates such as vegetables, cabbage, beets, carrots, cucumbers, onion, and more), salt, and time. It’ so easy!
As time passes, the carbs in the vegetables are broken down and turned into acids by the bacteria living inside. This makes the food easier to digest and can also contribute to your gut microbiome.
Homemade fermented foods offer an inexpensive way to get probiotic-rich nutrients into your diet. Continue reading to find 8 recipes that can add color, flavor, zing, and healthy bacteria to your daily diet!
Homemade sauerkraut is shockingly easy and inexpensive to make. Truly, the hardest part is just having the patience necessary to let the cabbage ferment.
Sauerkraut is crunchy, tangy, and perfect as a side dish, topping, salad, and more.
2. Kombucha Chia Seed Smoothie
Kombucha has officially arrived in the United States and while you can buy it at basically every grocery store around the country, it’s just as easy to make it from home.
It supports healthy digestion, can strengthen your immune system, and helps with weight loss.
The best way to enjoy kombucha at home is to make it in large batches and keep it in the fridge for when you need a little probiotic brew.
This kombucha chia seed smoothie makes a zingy afternoon snack and will really help you get your gut microbiome in tip-top shape.
3. Fermented Salsa
Everybody likes a spicy salsa to go along with your favorite home-made Mexican dish, but why not bring some fermentation and probiotics to the table as well.
This recipe directs you to basically put a traditional tomato-based salsa into a fermenting jar with picking salt or sea salt and wait for mother nature to do its magic. In a matter of days, you will have a truly unique salsa to impress you family and friends with to spread over your favorite taco, burrito bowl, and more.
Kimchi is a well-loved source of probiotics from here to Korea, and this Indian-inspired kimchi brings a new twist to a beloved flavor.
Kimchi has incredibly positive impact on the human body. It can positively impact your blood sugar, your blood pressure, lower your cholesterol, prevent constipation, and combat colon cancer. It can also help produce serotonin which combats anxiety, depression, stress, and more.
In short, it’s a super food, and this is super recipe for you to try.
5. Beet Kvass
This Russian fermented drink is believed to not only give your gut a shot of probiotics, but also helps cleanse the blood, detox the liver, and support kidney health.
On top of that, it’s beautifully rich purple color is a heck of a table decoration if you are looking to introduce your friends to their new favorite drink.
The recipe for this wonderful tonic will offer you a fantastic new way to use the root that is known as nature’s dessert.
6. Homemade Fermented Veggies
The beauty of this recipe is that it can basically be what ever you want it to be. Throw leftover leafy greens, left over onions or peppers, left over cucumbers, and more! It is great on its own, great as a burger or hotdog topper, or great with rice.
Not only do you get a lot of the nutrients that the vegetables offer on their own, you also get the probiotics that blossom and grow while fermenting away.
7. Coconut Milk Yogurt
If you’re looking for a dairy free snack that brings a lot more to the table than just flavor, create this probiotic coconut milk yogurt that is healthy and delicious!
There are just a few ingredients that you have to use to make this thick and creamy snack or dessert and it’s just a great to look at as it is to taste. Those ingredients are coconut milk, thickener (such as gelatin), yogurt starter or probiotic, and sugar.
Take a look at this recipe to get a better idea of just how easy this can be!
8. Fermented Pickles
Pickles are one of America’s favorite side dishes, especially when you’re enjoying a delicious hot dog or a burger. They’re crunchy, sharp, and incredibly easy to make.
This recipe will make pickling your favorite new pastime and will definitely save you some coin if you are a huge fan of pickles.
Probiotics are a great way to stay healthy, and making food at home is a great way to save some money. Hopefully you also learn that making these delicious dishes brings you great fun and adds a brand new passion to your already full and busy life.