A healthy breakfast can be the most important meal of the day. The word literally means to break a fast (not eating all night) and so even those of us that are intermittent fasters can consider that first meal of the day “breakfast” even if it is at one in the afternoon!
A January 2018 article from University Health News Daily, explains that eating breakfast boosts your chances of getting the recommended daily values of nutrients essential for your overall health. Of course, that assumes that one is being smart in choosing what sorts of food to include and exclude from your morning meals.
For years now, probiotics have enjoyed a growing reputation for having loads of health benefits such as improved digestion, cardiovascular health, as well as reducing risk of cancer, ameliorating the effects of depression, and better-looking skin.
But building a healthy gut is so much more that popping a few probiotic pills. So, imagine how much more healthful your breakfast would be if you included foods to feed your gut microbiome as well!
To include your gut buddies, here are five must-try probiotic breakfast recipes that are sure to whet your appetite, delight your palate, and boost your health!
Who says that an omelet has to be limited to boring old ham, cheese, and mushrooms? Even if you aren’t yet a fan of kimchi, this gut-pleasing creation is sure to win you over. Check out this kimchi omelet recipe (courtesy of Goop.com).
Coconut-Almond Oatmeal (with a Blueberry-Matcha Twist)
Love your cereal but getting a bit bored with the “same-old, same-old?” Well, how does coconut-almond oatmeal with a blueberry-matcha twist sound?
Pretty scrumptious, right? How about kicking in some Greek yogurt? Now, you’re cooking with probiotics! This breakfast treat has a dual inspiration from The Nourished Mind, and Bloom for Life, and it is definitely worth trying!
Strawberry-Banana Probiotic Smoothie
Nothing wrong with a smoothie breakfast. Here’s a delicious (and healthful) strawberry-banana smoothie with a probiotic twist from The Speedy Gourmet. (Kick up the health and gut benefits by using a green banana… more fiber for your gut! You can also toss in some dark greens like spinach and kale.)
Herbed Labneh Tartines
Labneh is a kind of soft cheese from the Middle East made by straining yogurt to remove most of the whey for a thicker, more concentrated food item. In addition to being probiotic, labneh is also low in lactose but rich in protein and calcium.
And “tartines” are just a fancy way of saying (in French) an open-faced sandwich.
With that in mind, does the thought of spreading all that delicious, probiotic goodness over your morning toast already make your mouth water? Well, then this herbed labneh tartine recipe is sure to delight!
Soaked Muesli with Fresh Fruits
Muesli is a fiber and protein-rich breakfast treat that has raw (or toasted) rolled oats and a delightful mix of nuts, grains, seeds as well as fresh or dried fruit. Naturally, this makes it rich in fiber, iron, potassium, magnesium, as well as vitamins C, E, and B12.
But when soaked in milk, or yogurt overnight, its health benefits can be boosted even higher. Here’s a muesli recipe adapted from TraditionalCookingSchool.com that you should definitely try.
Sure, these are called breakfast foods, but you can eat them anytime of the day. With all the health benefits and a probiotic boost, there’s really no harm in trying out these recipes for yourself!
And by all means, feel free to modify the recipes included here to better suit your eating preferences and dietary needs. Cooking is an art after all, so, feel free to improvise and tweak them to your heart’s content! With a touch of creativity, and a bit of effort, you will not only “zhoozh” up your morning meal, you’ll boost your health as well!
Your probiotic culinary adventure awaits!
Chances are that you probably learned most of your oral health practices at home from your parents or your siblings. Perhaps you picked up a few at school, from friends or even from surfing the web or social media.
Nothing wrong with it, but we have all learned by now that just because it is on the internet does not mean it is true! So, to help you get your dental and oral care facts straight, here are some common are oral health care myths and misconceptions:
Probiotics has become quite a “buzzword” these days. There certainly are tons of claims, from preventing diarrhea to promoting cardiovascular health and even boosting your immune system as a whole. It has been over a century since probiotics were first “discovered” and it would seem that the science has held up.
Assuming that probiotics can do a body good, a very important question remains–is it better to get your probiotics from real food sources or from probiotic supplements?