Are you 100% that witch who lives for PSL? Well, our Pumpkin Spice French Toast is going to blow your mind! With Toast Tuesday and National Pumpkin Day falling on the same day we knew we had to honor this October magic by making a fluffy and brilliantly spiced French toast. So get your pumpkin spice kefir, thick bread, and canned pumpkin to make a recipe that will leave you enchanted. You’re welcome.
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.
- 4 large eggs
- 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
- 3/4 cup Pumpkin Spice Lowfat Kefir
- 3 tbsp light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- dash of salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 8 thick slices of challah or brioche bread
- Fresh raspberries for garnish
- Preheat a pan over medium heat and grease with butter.
- Mix all ingredients, except the bread, together in a shallow dish and whisk until smooth. Dip bread into the batter, coating both sides. Place bread onto the hot pan and cook for a few minutes, until browned on the bottom. Flip and cook on the other side.
- Serve warm with maple syrup and fresh raspberries.