Mr. Grey may be a snack and a half but wait until you taste our Earl Grey Toast. It’s a blackberry compote and a spread of earl grey tea leaves and farmer cheese on sweet, buttery brioche bread. The floral aroma of the earl grey tea leaves complements the tart flavor of the blackberries. Blackberries are high in fiber and packed with vitamin C, which is an essential nutrient for immunity. Earl grey tea is a combination of black tea and bergamot orange extract. It has beneficial plant compounds known as polyphenols, which act as antioxidants that protect cells from reactive molecules called free radicals. Farmer cheese has 12 live and active probiotic cultures to balance the gut microbiome and strengthen the immune system. This toast is good for your guts and that’s the tea.
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.
- 1 small pkg fresh/frozen blackberries
- 1 tsp dark brown sugar
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 cup Farmer Cheese
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tea bag of Earl Grey
- Almond slices
- Toasted bread
- Cook down blackberries with some chia seeds and sugar.
- Whip farmer cheese with 1 earl grey tea packet, a pinch of salt, and maple syrup.
- Top toasted bread with farmer cheese spread and cooked blackberries and almond slices.