Looking to eat more meatless meals each week? Add our BLTA toast with kefir chimichurri to your recipe queue. Spread Follow Your Heart Vegenaise on toasted GF bread, then stack on Gotham Greens Windy City crunch lettuce, LightLifeFoods organic smoky tempeh strips, buttery avocado, and juicy tomato slices. Bring the flavors together by drizzling the toast with our homemade kefir chimichurri.
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.
- 1/2 cup herbs (cilantro + parsley together)
- 1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup Plain Lowfat Kefir
- **or make it vegan with 1/4 cup Plain Oat
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
- 1-2 tbsp lemon juice
- two toasted gluten-free bread
- 1 tbsp Follow Your Heart Vegenaise
- 5 half strips of Lightlife Organic Smoky Tempeh Strips
- Handful of Gotham Greens Windy City Crunch Lettuce
- 1/2 small avocado
- 2 slices of tomato
- Kefir Chimichurri: blend everything together with a hand mixer or food processor. Place into a small bowl and set aside.
- Toast gluten-free and slather with Vegenaise and layer with avocado, lettuce, tomato, and tempeh. Top your BLTA Toast with our Kefir Chimichurri.