This recipe is so fetch! It’s October 3rd and we’re making vanilla rose chia pudding a thing. Simply soak chia seeds overnight with rose water, beetroot powder, and our plain whole milk plain kefir. Packed with Omega-3s, protein, and probiotics, this recipe is more than just pretty and pink.
What are probiotics?
Probiotics are “good” bacteria. They are live microorganisms similar to the ones already living in your gut and may offer health benefits when consumed in adequate amounts. The word “probiotic” itself is often translated to “beneficial for life.” It is derived from the Latin word “pro” meaning “for” and the Greek word “biotic” meaning “life.” Probiotics can help balance the microbiome by replenishing the good bacteria, which may lead to improved digestion and better immunity.
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.
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 the 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.
- 1 1/2 cups Plain Whole Milk Kefir
- 1/2 cup cream
- 1/2 cup chia seeds
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon rose water (soak rose petals with hot water)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 - 1/2 tsp beetroot powder (for natural coloring)
- Mix chia seeds, rose water, cream, maple syrup, beetroot, and kefir together in a mason jar. Place in the fridge to set.
- Toppings: edible rose petals, crushed pistachios