Whether you’re taking probiotic supplements or eating probiotic-filled foods, it is is important to incorporate prebiotics into your daily routine as well. Prebiotics differ from probiotics in that they do not have bacteria in them, but help probiotics do their job in your gut. The combo of the two enhances overall gut health and can taste pretty yummy too!
Here are some delicious meal pairings of pre and probiotics:
- Dark chocolate and bananas: Grab some dark chocolate with 70% cocoa and a banana, which have a decent amount of prebiotics, and you have a perfect snack that’ll alleviate indigestion issues. (Tip- freeze banana chunks covered in the chocolate for the perfect dessert).
- Blueberry greek yogurt smoothie: This yummy blend will provide you with the good bacteria from the yogurt and prebiotics and fiber from the berries. The smoothie will help balance gut microbiota in the digestive tract.
- Miso soup: Because miso is fermented with salt and koji, it contains probiotic fungus that does wonders for the gut. Adding prebiotic greens like onions or scallions to this appetizer will improve overall gut health.
- Whole grain granola and greek yogurt: As we know, greek yogurt is one of the best food sources of probiotics. If you then add a whole-grain granola or high fiber food, you’re getting the prebiotic/probiotic team your body needs.
- Greek salad: Your classic tomato, onion, feta cheese, cucumber and olive salad can become your best source for both pre and probiotics. Adding chickpeas or tempeh as a protein, you receive probiotics from the tempeh, the feta, and the olives, and get the prebiotics from the onions and chickpeas.
- Kombucha and oatmeal: Swapping out coffee for kombucha and cereal for oats, you will feel full all day and the prebiotics from the fiber will feed the probiotics from the kombucha throughout the day. It helps lower cholesterol and reduce inflammation in the gut.
Those are just combinations out of thousands to start incorporating both into your diet!