January 26, 2017
5 ways to Improve your Gut Health

Letting you know that this conversation about gut health is sponsored by Farmhouse Culture. I can’t get enough of their probiotic beverages and fermented vegetables. 

Trust your gut. After all, the trillions of bacteria in your gut are responsible for 80% of your immune system, metabolism and normal GI function. And that’s just the beginning.

To nutrition junkies like myself, the emerging research on gut health is incredible. While there’s still so much we don’t know, the studies on treating asthma, diabetes, thyroid disorders and obesity just by changing the gut flora is pretty incredible. I’ve been hooked on Dr. Robynne Chutkan’s work and have vowed to do more for my own gut.

I was first introduced to Farmhouse Culture at FNCE (the annual RD conference) last year. One bite, I was hooked. I loved that there were products out there making it easy to get in more fermented foods.

While I pile sauerkraut onto every veggie burger I can, I was craving more options that I can add to just about everything. Farmhouse Culture offers fermented vegetables (❤ Curry Cauliflower), which are hitting stores in the next few months, along with their existing lines of sauerkraut and fermented beverages called Gut Shots.

Have you had a Gut Shot before? These fermented beverages contain natural, live probiotics in a variety of flavors. Sip it, shoot it, add it to your favorite recipes. There are infinite ways to enjoy these shots, all with the added benefit of improved gut health. While I usually just shoot a shot before my main meals, I’ve been trying to incorporate them into more recipes.

If you love tangy flavors, you are going to LOVE these shots. I love sharing a shot or two with BL in the morning before breakfast; it’s fun to take and I know that we are both getting our share of probiotics.

 

Ginger Beet might be my all-time favorite flavor, mostly because I’m a sucker for anything ginger. I take this one most mornings, either on it’s own or mixed into a homemade juice of beets, ginger and red apple.

Mix 1 ounce Ginger Beet Gut Shot into 8 ounces of fresh beet juice. Don’t have a juicer? No problem; add Ginger Beet to your favorite red juice for a refreshing snack.

 

Whether you’re going for a virgin take or the real thing, this is one nourishing bloody mary. Mix 1 ounce Smoked Jalapeno Gut Shot into 8 ounces tomato juice. Garnish with olives, pickles and fresh celery.

BL eats two things by the truckfull: hummus and dill pickles. Why not mix the two? This dill pickle hummus is so incredibly delicious, packed with probiotics and plant-based proteins. It’s a nourishing, delicious snack that you’ve gotta try.

Mix 1 ounce Dill Pickle Gut Shot into 1 container of prepared hummus. Stir in 1/4 cup chopped dill pickles and 2 tablespoons fresh chipped dill.

Since I usually top my veggie burgers with a ton of sauerkraut, this tangy korean version was bound to happen. I took my favorite patty and basted it with gochujang BBQ sauce while it cooked. Topped with tangy, slightly spicy kimchi slaw and this is one delicious gut burger.

Mix 1 ounce Kimchi Gut Shot into 1/3 cup mayo and pinch garlic chili sauce. Toss with 5-6 cups of shredded cabbage and serve on top of your favorite BBQ basted veggie burger.

Perfect as a vegetable dip or slathered on sandwiches, this lemon aioli is incredibly yummy and versatile.

Mix 1 ounce Classic Gut Shot into 1 cup Greek yogurt, 2 tablespoons mayo, 1 minced garlic clove and 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve with vegetables.

Have you tried a gut shot yet? Are you interested in gut health? Let me know if this is a topic you’d like to see featured in more articles and recipes. 

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Farmhouse Culture. Thanks for supporting brands that make DK possible.

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