Natural probiotic foods are ‘all the rage’ to create immunity and a healthy gut. So what are some of these foods?
1. Tempeh – Tempeh is made from naturally fermented soybeans. With a slightly nutty flavour, it’s a good source of probiotics—and, because it contains all the essential amino acids, it’s a complete source of vegetarian protein.
2. Miso – A fermented paste made from barley, rice or soybeans, miso adds a nice umami flavour to dishes. It’s bold, so a little goes a long way (which is good because it’s also high in sodium).
3. Sauerkraut – Made from just cabbage and salt, this fermented food delivers a healthy dose of probiotics and fibre.
4. Yoghurt -Yoghurt labelled with the “Live & Active Cultures” seal guarantees 100 million probiotic cultures per gram (about 17 billion cultures in a 6-ounce cup) at manufacturing time. Even yoghurts without this seal will usually contain some probiotics.
5. Kefir – A fermented milk drink—it tastes a bit like drinkable yogurt—kefir is full of calcium and probiotics.
6. Kombucha – Kombucha is a tangy, effervescent tea—typically black or green. The drink is often flavoured with herbs or fruit. You can find it in many natural foods stores and some farmers’ markets. A tiny amount of alcohol is sometimes produced during fermentation—usually less than 0.5 percent alcohol by volume. However, some kombuchas have been found to contain up to 2 or 3 percent alcohol.
7. Kimchi – Sauerkraut’s Korean cousin, this fermented cabbage is spicy. Look for it in the refrigerated section near other Asian ingredients or pickles and sauerkraut
Google is an amazing recipe finder to include probiotics into every day meals like smoothies, quesadillas and dressings.