Our Sun-Dried Tomato and Pine Nut Toast fuses Old World flavors with gut-healthy ingredients. On toasted bread, spread a layer of probiotic farmer cheese mixed with garlic, thyme, salt and pepper. Then layer on sun-dried tomatoes, sliced basil, and roasted pine nuts. To give your toast an authentic Italian taste, drizzle olive oil on top. For a fun and low-impact outdoor activity, make your own sun-dried tomatoes. Pick ripened tomatoes off the vine, slice and salt them, then dry them in the hot summer sun for several days. This technique preserves the tomato by removing its water content, deepening the color, and making it more concentrated in vitamins and minerals. Sun-dried tomatoes have vitamins A and C, which support immunity and skin health, and calcium for strong bones. The 12 live and active probiotic cultures in the farmer cheese and the prebiotic fiber in the tomato work together to create a diverse and nourished gut microbiome
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.
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.
- 2 slices bread toasted
- 1/2 cup Farmer Cheese
- 1/2 tsp salt & pepper
- 1/2 tsp dried thyme
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tbsp roasted pine nuts
- 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes
- fresh basil leaves for garnish
- Add the farmer cheese, salt, pepper, garlic, thyme, and garlic powder to a bowl and mix together.
- Spread the kefir spread on the toast, top with sun-dried tomatoes, pine nuts, basil leaves, and oil.