Adulthood: getting excited about new hummus flavors! Our probiotic pumpkin hummus adds a seasonal touch to this classic Mediterranean spread. Pair this new hummus combination with pita chips or fresh vegetables for a balanced, high fiber snack!
Prebiotics are non-living, non-digestible carbohydrates naturally found in a variety of foods. Your body actually can’t digest prebiotics, so they’re what probiotics feed off of to remain actively working in your digestive system. They help the digestive system by promoting the growth of good bacteria. Prebiotics and probiotics work together in balance to make sure our digestive system stays on track and regular.
Research has found that consuming a variety of prebiotic and probiotic food sources may improve your body’s natural functions, including both your immune and digestive system.
How to Eat More Prebiotics:
To optimize the environment for probiotics, it’s recommended to consume an accompanying prebiotic. Synbiotics are foods or supplements that contain both prebiotics and probiotics. Don’t let the name intimidate you, it’s very simple. If you’re making kefir smoothies (a source of probiotics) or pouring it over granola and fruit (source of probiotics), you’re eating a synbiotic meal.
Foods that contain prebiotics include fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains. Simply pair them with probiotic-rich foods like kimchi, miso, tempeh, or kefir.
- 4 tbsp Plain Lowfat Kefir
- 1 cup pure pumpkin puree
- 2 ½ cups cooked chickpeas (drained and rinsed, if canned)
- 2 tbsp tahini (sesame seed paste)
- 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1 tsp cumin
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp kosher salt
- Pinch of paprika and fresh black pepper
- Fresh thyme sprigs, to garnish
- Combine all ingredients into a food processor and blend until creamy. Garnish with thyme springs and serve with warm pita bread, crudités or crackers.
- This hummus also makes a great sandwich spread!