Do you know about the benefits of probiotics? There are a ton of healthy bacteria that live in your body’s gut, and work to do things like improving digestion, boost your immune system, and reduce your risk of a number of diseases.
Probiotics are foods that contain healthy bacteria and promote the growth of “good” bacteria in our guts. A number of commonly eaten foods are probiotic. You may not have even realized you’ve been eating probiotics! Kimchi, tempeh, and non-dairy yogurts can all have healthy probiotics to promote gut health.
Here are 15 foods and drinks you can try to get some more probiotics in your diet!
1. Madge’s Vegan Kimchi
Some traditional kimchi are made with fish products, but a recent study has indicated that vegan kimchi has the same probiotic bacteria as traditional kimchi. This fermented vegan kimchi has no added sugar, and it’s the perfect side to any Korean dish! Get your own for $11.99.
“I ordered three jars of the mild. OMG! ♡♡♡♡♡ Pretty sure I could eat a whole jar in one sitting. I will be ordering more as supplies dwindle….which may be very soon,” said one Amazon reviewer.
2. Lightlife Tempeh
“This is my favorite brand of Tempeh. It holds together well as strips and also maintains a great texture when crumbled. Very useful for anyone giving up meat, trying to eat less of it, or just wanting some variety in your dishes,” an Amazon reviewer wrote.
3. Lightlife Organic Fakin’ Bacon Tempeh Strips
4. Biona Organic Gherkins
5. Hikari Organic Miso Paste
Have you ever cooked with miso? It’s great for adding an umami flavor to dishes, and it’s also a good source of healthy bacteria. Try using this miso paste for a miso soup! You can pick some up for $9.27.
“Excellent white certified organic miso at a fraction of the cost of Eden Foods equivalent,” wrote one Amazon reviewer. “This does have the USDA Organic label on the product whereas Eden’s only says it is organic. Worth making the switch!”
6. Beet Kvass
Kvass is a traditional fermented beverage from eastern Europe that’s packed with probiotics. This particular kvass is made with beets rather than barley or rye. It’s great for getting probiotics, and might just replace your favorite kombucha. Get a six pack for $41.50.
“I was greatly surprised, and pleased, by the flavor of this product. No sweet added, which I found in other Kvass products,” said an Amazon reviewer. “This is a tangy combination flavor and reminds me a bit of my pickle juice days, but only a bit. I believe the price is fair.”
7. Organico Organic Pitted Green Olives in Brine & Herbs
Brine-cured olives are a great way to get probiotics into your diet. These organic olives are pitted, so they’re perfect for a no-hassle snack or appetizer when entertaining. You can get your own for $10.47.
8. Traditional Spicy Cabbage Kimchi
Here’s a 4-pack for people who really like kimchi! This vegan and gluten-free kimchi is the perfect side dish for your next vegan Korean meal. Enjoy the healthy probiotic benefits of kimchi!
9. Healing Sauerkraut for Digestive Support
“OMG, seriously the best Sauerkraut I have ever had in my life, not even kidding! Tastes amazing and I cannot believe how much of a great ‘sour’ taste it has without any vinegar,” wrote an Amazon reviewer. “Crispy too, not that soggy stuff! The additions to help with your digestion is also a major plus.”
10. Raw Coconut Kefir
Kefir is traditionally made with dairy, but this vegan version is made with coconut instead! The coconut also gives the beverage important electrolytes.
“Great tasting,” wrote one Amazon reviewer. “I very happy the Kefir is put in glass and not plastic.”
11. Eden Organic Sauerkraut
This organic sauerkraut has been fermented for at least six weeks, giving it time to build up plenty of healthy probiotics. Try it as a side dish or in salads and sandwiches! You can buy some for $12.99.
“Perfect for me! I love the taste and the crunch,” said one Amazon reviewer.
12. Rhapsody Fresh Natto
Natto is a traditional Japanese food made from fermented soybeans, and it has powerful probiotic properties. This version, made in Vermont, has 10 grams of protein per serving! Get a case of 12 for $43.00.
“Very healthy for your gut,” said an Amazon reviewer. “They arrived in an ice box and fresh as can be. Thank you.”
13. Cultures for Health Vegan Yogurt Starter Culture
This organic vegan yogurt starter culture can help you make your own probiotic plant-based yogurt using most types of non-dairy milk. This is perfect for the plant-based eater who wants to take probiotics into their own hands.
“Works like a charm. One box of plain soy milk, one packet of this starter, one teaspoon of sugar to feed the starter go into my Instant Pot,” said one Amazon reviewer. “Turn the setting to 14 hours or more, walk away, and in the morning I have lovely plain vegan yogurt with no chemicals. Easiest ever!”
14. Korean Bottled Kimchi
“This kimchi is excellent for first timers as it is not too spicy,” an Amazon reviewer wrote.
15. GT’s Organic Kombucha, Synergy-Trilogy
One of the more popular probiotic foods, kombucha is becoming easier to find in stores and it’s great for your health. This version from GT’s has raspberry juice, lemon juice, and ginger for a sweet, spicy, and slightly tart flavor! Check out this list of kombuchas that you can buy to get more probiotics in your diet. You can grab a bottle for $3.99.
“Love this stuff,” an Amazon reviewer said. “My favorite flavor by far. I’m addicted!”
For more plant-based cooking info, download the Food Monster App, it’s available for both Android and iPhone and has free and paid versions. The app is loaded with thousands of allergy-friendly & vegan recipes/cooking tips, has hundreds of search filters and features like bookmarking, meal plans and more!
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