Drizzle our delicious Spicy Superfood Salad Dressing on your salads for a flavorful kick. We whisked some cilantro, garlic, maple syrup, and cumin into a mixture of water, fresh lime juice, hot sauce, and our plain kefir. We tossed it into quinoa, black beans, corn, red onion, and kale to give this salad a refreshing creaminess with just the right amount of spice. Black beans and corn are a great source of fiber and protein, kale is full of vitamins and minerals, and quinoa has prebiotic fiber that fuels probiotics to help support a healthy balance of good bacteria in your gut.
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.
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
- 1/4 cup Organic Plain Whole Milk Kefir
- 1/4 cup hot sauce
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- sea salt and pepper, to taste
- Toss the salad dressing with quinoa, black beans, corn, red onion, and kale! Enjoy.