Looking for ways to use your harvest from the apple orchard? Then go nuts with our fresh and vibrant Apple Walnut Salad. Abundant in prebiotics from the fruits and veggies, and probiotics from our Turmeric Tahini Kefir Dressing, every forkful is nutty, crunchy, and the perfect balance of sweet and tangy. Take a bite out of autumn by visiting the recipe below!
Your Gut Matters
Eating habits also play a role in mental health. Research has shown that probiotic-rich foods decrease anxiety and boost the mood. That makes kefir a great wellbeing tool because it contains 12 live and probiotic cultures. Psychiatrist James Greenblatt explained that “‘the gut is really your second brain. There are more neurons in the GI tract than anywhere else except the brain.’” As research continues to develop, it’s becoming more and more apparent that there is a link between the gut and the brain. What was once suspected as one-way communication (brain to gut) is now understood to be more of a two-way system. Thus, the health of our gut may directly impact the health of our minds.
Prebiotics + Probiotics = a Healthy You
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.
With increasing research linking the correlation between probiotics, gut health, and immunity, it’s no secret that the integrity of our gut is vital to our health. Although additional factors such as stress, antibiotic usage, and individual health conditions can contribute to the condition of our gut, a focus on healthy food choices is one of the easiest ways to support the microbiome.
Several studies have shown a strong association between the gut-brain-microbiota. Probiotics introduced to the gut have been found to support immunity, improve allergies, and improve digestion.
Apple Walnut Salad
- 1 large head of red leaf lettuce, chopped
- 1 medium red apple, cored and thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onions
- 3/4 cup walnut halves, toasted, roughly chopped
- 1/3 cup crumbled Farmer Cheese
Turmeric Tahini Kefir Dressing
- ½ cup Organic Plain Whole Milk Kefir
- 1 cup tahini
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp turmeric
- 1 tsp salt and black pepper
- Salad Directions: Toast walnuts in a skillet over medium heat for 2 to 5 minutes. Rinse and dry the red leaf lettuce. Chop and place in a large salad bowl.
- Thinly slice your apple place over the lettuce. Add thinly sliced onions, walnuts, and farmer cheese to the lettuce and drizzle with dressing.
- Dressing Directions: Mix ingredients together and enjoy right away or chill in the fridge before use.