Ahh the potato… the sacred starch we appreciate in so many forms. We’re especially fond of a crispy potato when it’s paired with a Lifeway Farmer Cheese dip. Today, we have a warm, comforting recipe for Yukon gold potatoes, baked to captivatingly crisp perfection, and served with a Green Goddess dip made from a blend of silky avocado, fresh green herbs, and our tangy probiotic farmer cheese. This side dish that is so good, it may overshadow the main course!
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.Prep Time: 45 mins Servings: 6-8
- In a medium to large pot, bring 2 quarts of water to a boil. Add in the potatoes, and boil until soft.
- Allow potatoes to cool and add them to a baking sheet. Smash down the potatoes drizzle salt, pepper and olive oil. Bake for 30 mins on 400 degrees.
- Add in the salt and pepper to taste. Then add fresh cilantro, garlic cloves, Farmer Cheese, avocado, Plain Lowfat Lifeway Kefir, cashews, and fresh parsley, into a food processor or blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
- Dip the smashed potatoes in the farmer cheese dip and enjoy!