We’ve assembled an amazing sandwich to bring your midday meal to new heights. It starts with our probiotic-powered Lifeway Farmer Cheese. Up to 99% lactose-free, our spreadable, artisan cheese is gentle on your tummy, making it a great alternative to the traditional cheeses that are usually paired with deli meats. We spread the cheese over fresh ciabatta bread, veggies, and cold cuts, then add the right touch of seasoning to make this sandwich perfect.
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 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.
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.Prep Time: 10 mins Servings: 4
- 1 loaf ciabatta bread
- 1/2 cup pitted mixed olives
- 2 roasted bell peppers
- 9-10oz deli meat of choice (we used prosciutto, spicy salami, pepperoni)
- 2 cups baby arugula
- 1 cup Farmer Cheese
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- juice 1 lemon
- 2 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- salt and pepper to taste
- Blend together farmer cheese, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, chopped basil, minced garlic, salt and pepper.
- Slice ciabatta bread in half lengthwise. Spread each side with farmer cheese mixture. Layer on deli meat, bell peppers, olives arugula. Drizzle extra olive oil, and add more salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!