This Is the Best Possible Snack for Gut Health, According to a Doctor

Updated 04/29/19
Minimalist Baker

Snacking is an inevitable part of life. With busy days spent nowhere near a kitchen and few healthy options to turn to for a quick bite on the go, granola bars and bags of chips are typically your best options in between meals. These midmorning and afternoon snacks can end up doing more damage to your gut and overall health than you may realize.

Gut health specialist Vincent M. Pedre, MD, explains that poor snacking habits can create dysbiosis, a kind of imbalance in your gut, MindBodyGreen reports. According to Pedre, health professionals tend to disagree on when and how people should snack, but he believes snacking can be a part of maintaining proper gut health. "Food is a powerful medicine that can help or hurt your gut," he says.

When it comes to helping your gut, Pedre swears by these flax super-seed crackers. They contain fiber to keep your gut cleansed, along with trace minerals and healthy fats to keep your satisfied. He recommends eating them with a soup or salad or with hummus. Here's how to make this healthy snack:

Ingredients:

Flaxseed
Water
Pumpkin seeds
Sunflower seeds
Salt
Black pepper
Cayenne pepper

Flaxseed
Water
Pumpkin seeds
Sunflower seeds
Salt
Black pepper
Cayenne pepper

Directions:

Preheat oven, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Combine seeds and water until dough is formed.

Spread onto baking sheet and top with salt and pepper.

Cut into squares and bake.

Head to Mindbodygreen for the full story, and find out the seven best foods to fight inflammation next.

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