Let's be honest: We're not going to stop snacking, despite the fact that doing so throughout the day isn't exactly great for your gut. With that said, snacking doesn't have to be synonymous with chips and cookies; we're more than open to filling up on gut-healthy, probiotic-rich snacks instead. "It's important to remove processed foods from your lifestyle" if you want a healthier gut, says Amie Valpone, celebrity chef, culinary nutritionist, and author of Clean Eating, on Mindbodygreen. "These foods can create inflammation, allergens, and other negative effects in our body, increasing our risk for unwanted symptoms." The following three snacks, as recommended by MBG's food editor Liz Moody, will actually nurture the good bacteria in your stomach (plus they taste great!):
Yes, these actually exist. Nicknamed "kraut krisps," these new snacks are actually made out of sauerkraut and have over a billion "good" bacteria per serving. Taste-test them in dill pickle, sea salt, smoked jalapeño, white cheddar, or zesty garden veggie flavors.
While these beverages don't necessarily sound appetizing, they're essentially what you think you're getting when you do a juice cleanse. "All of that fiber from the veggies remains totally intact, helping sweep everything through your digestive system, while the bone broth seals off the gut lining," explains Moody. She recommends the butternut squash and red pepper flavors.
If you typically reach for a sweeter snack, look no further than Purely Elizabeth's chocolate sea salt probiotic granola. Each granola bite is made with GanedenBC30, a non-GMO vegan strain of probiotics, in addition to oats, amaranth, and quinoa.
Head over to Mindbodygreen for more gut-healthy snacks, and share your picks with us in the comments below!