Gut health is a booming topic, and something more people are getting in tune with when it comes to supporting overall health. From impacting our physical health to its impact it has on our mental wellness, the health of our gut is super important.
We’re breaking down a list of gut-boosting foods that can help supercharge our diets by nourishing our digestive systems.
We’re talking fermented foods.
What Are Fermented Foods?
Fermented foods go through a process where sugars are broken down by bacteria as well as yeast. The result is a food that’s rich in beneficial bacteria (probiotics) to help support the gut.
And, while we are most familiar with fermented foods that are heavy in dairy, like yogurt and kefir, we’re sharing our top three plant-based options.
Here are our top three fermented food choices for gut health that make a great addition to a balanced and nutrient-dense plant-based diet.
3 Plant-based Fermented Foods For Gut Health
If you like sauerkraut, then it’s a great way to pack in some friendly gut bacteria into your diet. Try adding some on top of a salad, enjoy with a veggie burger, or if you really like the flavor, enjoy it plain as a gut-boosting side dish.
Kimchi is a delicious fermented food found in Korean cuisine. It’s made with fermented vegetables like cabbage, Korean radish, and lots of herbs and spices like ginger and garlic. It’s packed full of flavor and beneficial bacteria for the gut.
You can enjoy it as a tasty side dish or use it as a healthy topping with your favorite veggie burger.
#3 Full-Fat Unsweetened Coconut Milk Yogurt
Yogurt is always talked about when it comes to gut health, but not everyone tolerates dairy. The good news is that you can find full-fat unsweetened coconut milk yogurt at places like Whole Foods, or your local health food store, that’s packed full of beneficial gut bacteria as well.
Try enjoying some coconut milk yogurt with a drizzle of raw honey and some fresh berries for a gut-boosting treat.
Boost Your Gut With The Power of Fermented Foods
Fermented foods and especially plant-based fermented foods, have lots to offer when it comes to supporting the health of our gut.
We challenge you to try one of these foods each week! If you enjoy all three, try rotating them in your diet as a way to supercharge gut health, one healthy plant-based food choice at a time.