You’ve most likely heard of kombucha, the fermented tea drink that abounds with natural probiotics. But what about probiotic foods? These delicious salads, condiments, and spreads found in our grocery section contain as many cultures per serving as a probiotic supplement, and they also taste fantastic.
White Mountain Bulgarian Yogurt
This Bulgarian yogurt is not just another yogurt. Along with a delicious, tart flavor and creamy texture, it contains up to 90 billion live cultures per serving. This is many times the probiotic amount of most yogurts! The yogurt is made with only two ingredients: milk and cultures. You can eat easily knowing that your natural probiotic is made from milk from cows that are not treated with hormones. Try it plain, in smoothies, or topped with fruit and a gluten-free granola for a gut-healthy start to the day.
Strains: L. Acidophilus, L. Bulgaricus, S. Thermophilus, B. Bifidum
Good to the last bite: This yogurt contains no sweeteners.
Real Pickles Organic Kimchi
If you’ve ever eaten kimchi or sauerkraut, you are eating natural probiotics. These delicious vegetable mixes are fermented with lactic acid, the original pickling method. This fermentation process adds plenty of probiotics to the food! Kimchi is made with cabbage, carrot, leeks, garlic, ginger, habanero, and cayenne for a spicy and delicious riff on the Korean fermented cabbage. Ingredients are 100% organic and grown in the northeast. Mix the kimchi with chopped cooked cellophane rice noodles and gluten-free flour, then press it into an oiled skillet and brown on both sides for an irresistible crispy kimchi noodle pancake. Or, simply serve it as a condiment or side.
Also Try: Real Pickles Turmeric Kraut, Ginger Carrots, Red Cabbage, Dill Pickles, Garlic Dill Pickles, Beet Kvass, and Fermented Raw Pickles
Good to the last bite: Real Pickles supports family farms and only sells their products in the northeast.
South River Sweet White Miso
Miso is a traditional Japanese food made by fermenting brown rice and soybeans or other grains with a natural fungus. The result is a smooth, salty paste that is incredibly rich in flavor and probiotics. Mix it with warm water and add nori, firm tofu and scallions for miso soup, or add honey, garlic, soy sauce, and sesame oil for a miso glaze that can be used on fish or tofu. Along with probiotics, miso contains some vitamin and minerals. South River Miso is organic and made locally in Conway, Mass.
Also Try: South River Three-Year Barley, Sweet-Tasting Brown Rice, and Chickpea Miso
Good to the last bite: South River Miso is a small, family-owned company.
Pigeon Cove Ferments Garlic Dill Kraut
Sauerkraut, traditional German chopped fermented cabbage, has been eaten for many years as a delicious topping and side in German dishes. Because of its process of lacto-fermentation, it contains healthful probiotics and has an addicting sour flavor. Pigeon Cove Kraut is raw, vegan and handmade. The cabbage is sourced from Massachusetts farms, and all ingredients come from organic farms! Try the sauerkraut on a bratwurst or a hot dog, or on a sandwich.
Also Try: Pigeon Cove Turmeric Ginger, Ginger Beet, and Salsa Kraut
Good to the last bite: PCF’s salt is sourced from the north Atlantic ocean!
…But what are probiotics?
Your intestines contain plenty of good bacteria. These microorganisms are called normal flora, and they assist in healthy digestion. When you take antibiotics, good bacteria can be eliminated with the bad, making it important to increase the growth of normal flora so that your digestive system remains in optimal health. Probiotics are good bacteria that add to your intestinal bacteria. “Cultures” is just another word for these good bacteria.
Looking for probiotic supplements?
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