It’s Toast Tuesday and we’re making CARAMELIZED APPLE TOAST. So yummy and so simple to prep. Spread our farmer cheese infused with vanilla extract on warm, toasted pumpernickel bread. Then top with caramelized apples covered in maple syrup and pumpkin spice. Dust cinnamon on top for a sweet and crunchy fall-themed snack, then snuggle in your favorite blanket to get toasty.
Apples don’t just taste good, they’re good for your health, too! Apples are high in fiber and rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that may help:
- Lower cholesterol
- Protect against heart disease
- Support digestion
- Regulate blood sugar
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 Farmer Cheese
- 1 apple (red or green)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp pumpkin spice seasoning
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- pinch of sea salt
- pumpernickel bread
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- Farmer Cheese: mix vanilla extract and farmer cheese together.
- Peel the apple and chop into small chunks, or any size that you choose. On a baking sheet, add the apples, spices, and maple syrup. Bake until the apples become tender and the maple syrup begins to caramelize. Slather the Farmer Cheese spread that has been mixed with vanilla extract over toast and top with caramelized apples and more cinnamon.