We’re switching out the bread in favor of crunchy, versatile rice cakes for this recipe! Move over toast, we love you but it’s time to give the ultimate simple, healthy snack a spin instead. These crispy cakes are the ideal alternative for those of us who are looking for a snack or light lunch and they’re even gluten-free since they’re made from whole grain brown rice cakes. Our tasty recipe combines some of our favorite fruits with Lifeway Farmer Cheese, creating a deliciously easy way to load up on nourishment. Our Lifeway Farmer Cheese is packed with probiotics, protein, and calcium. Blueberries are bursting with fiber, vitamin K, vitamin C, and manganese. And peaches are full of vitamin C, vitamin A, and potassium. Check out the instructions down below and give this snack a spin!
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 naturally found in a variety of fiber-rich plant 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 systems.
- 2-4 whole grain plain rice cakes
- 1 cup Farmer Cheese
- 1 tbsp. cinnamon
- 1 tbsp. cane sugar or your choice sweetener
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1 peach, cut into small slices
- Honey for topping (optional)
- In a medium bowl, mix together farmer cheese, cinnamon, and cane sugar.
- Distribute evenly over the rice cakes with the farmer cheese mixture, then top with blueberries, peach slices, and honey.