Probiotics, the good bacteria in yogurt, fermented foods, and kombucha that help keep our digestive systems in balance, have become an integral part of the health conversation. Probiotics' other half, prebiotics, are now getting some attention. Prebiotics are non-digestible carbohydrates that promote a healthy and welcoming environment in our digestive system for the good bacteria to live; a very synergistic relationship. The great news is they are easy to find and add to your diet. Here are 5 foods rich in prebiotics:
Top your yogurt with sliced bananas for the perfect combo of prebiotics and probiotics. Or make a Berry Smoothie Bowl with banana.
Raw garlic may be a bit too pungent for some, so try this Middle Eastern Garlic Sauce made with raw garlic and potatoes. It is a great dip for pita chips or a topping for chicken.
Raw or Cooked Onion
Cooked onions are a rich flavor enhancer to meals. One of my favorite dishes to prepare is Mujadarrah (Lentils and Rice with Fried Onions). Serve it with yogurt for the full deal.
Baked Whole Wheat Flour
Whole wheat flour is an easy ingredient to add to baked goods like muffins and breads. Simple Whole Wheat Bread with a glass of kombucha will do the job of combining prebiotics with probiotics.
Raw Dandelion Greens
These raw dandelion greens add a spicy kick to salads, sandwiches, and pizza.
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