Prebiotics are an essential component of improving gut health. Here’s everything you need to know about what are prebiotics and how to eat more of them.
You’ve heard about how important gut health is, so you’ve been working extra hard to get probiotics into your diet. You drink kefir and kombucha, eat sauerkraut and kimchi, and take probiotic supplements to nourish a healthy gut microbiome. But did you know that there’s an equally, if not more, important way you can immediately take action to improve your gut health? Enter, prebiotics: the new “it girl” in the gut world.
2. Sip on soup.
Prebiotics featured: pulses like black, red and white beans, lentils, garlic, onions, leeks, seeds
Soups are one of the easiest ways to consume more than one prebiotic in a single meal. Add pulses like lentils or beans to make a hearty soup with plant-based protein and to reap the benefits of two kinds of prebiotic fiber since pulses contain both soluble fiber (galacto-oligosaccharides [GOS]) and resistant starch to fuel health-promoting gut microbes. You can also double down on the prebiotic benefits by topping creamy soups with a seasoned seed blend for an added crunch.
Some of our favorite prebiotic soup recipes are:
- Minestrone Soup
- Creamy Cauliflower Soup
- Spicy Pumpkin Chili (Note: it’s worth the time and just over a dollar per serving.)
Don’t want to cook?
Try this good-for-your-gut Pacific Organic Curry Chickpea Soup made with Chicken Bone Broth featuring prebiotics from lentils, chickpeas, and onions. If you’re also looking to lose some LBs, credit the chickpeas and lentils for preventing you from absorbing all of the calories in your meal, thanks to their resistant starch. This soup’s also got turmeric and black pepper and early research shows this may be a nod for your healthy gut microbe biodiversity, as well.
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