We’re going green this Toast Tuesday with a yummy recipe for Artichoke, Spinach, and Leek Flatbread. It starts with Lifeway Farmer Cheese. With a tantalizing texture that’s somewhere between cottage cheese and ricotta, this probiotic cheese spreads smoothly onto our toasted flatbread. The tart and tangy taste of the cheese complements the nutty essence of artichoke, the light flavor of spinach, and the bite of green onion. Ready to eat? Okie-dokie, artichokie!
Cultured Dairy: The Nutrition Benefits You Actually Need to Know
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.
Studies have shown that reduced diversity of healthy gut bacteria during early years is associated with an increase in food allergies during school-age years. In addition, kefir made from whole-fat milk helps absorb key nutrients such as Vitamins A, D, E, and K. Vitamin K is important because it helps your bones absorb calcium. It’s important to know that kefir contains a special trio: vitamin D, K, and calcium – all three crucial elements to support bone health. Lifeway Farmer Cheese is also a great source of all these nutrients, just in a different format for all the cheese lovers out there.
Prebiotics + Probiotics = A Healthier You
Prebiotics are non-living, non-digestible carbohydrates that are a source of fiber that are naturally found in a variety of plant foods[b]. 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 systems. Lifeway Oat contains both prebiotics and probiotics for optimal gut and brain health.
- 1 cup Farmer Cheese
- 1 cup pesto
- 1 cup chopped artichoke heart
- 1 leek, shredded
- 1 cup pine nuts
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- salt/pepper to taste
- flatbread of choice
- handful of fresh spinach
- 3-4 slices of broccolini (or broccoli florets)
- top with diced green onions
- Top your pizza curst with pesto, and follow up with all other ingredients. Top with Farmer Cheese Drops. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes