13 Prebiotic foods you need to include in your diet and why

Probiotics are all the rage now. They are in everything ranging from food, drinks, supplements and skin care, and for good reason.  They are very important in balancing the equilibrium of our bodies.    

But what about Prebiotics? Are you making sure you are getting enough of prebiotics?  Prebiotics are just as important as probiotics, maybe even more relevant!  Prebiotics are a type of non-digestible fiber that improves your gut flora.  But you need prebiotics to reap more benefits from your probiotics, because the probiotics feed off the prebiotics.   The benefits of prebiotics include: reduced risk of colorectal cancer, improved bone density, increased satiety in meals, increased calcium absorption, lower stress response, better hormonal balance, regulated mood, improved immunity, lower risk of obesity, improved digestion, and decreased inflammation.

Here are the top prebiotic foods you can easily incorporate in your diet and boost your intake today. 

  1. Banana (under ripe is best)
  2. Leeks,
  3. Garlic,
  4. sunchokes/Jerusalem artichokes
  5. Raw dandelion greens,
  6. Onion,
  7. Asparagus,
  8. Wheat bran,
  9. Walnuts
  10. Dark chocolate
  11. Oats
  12. Red lentil
  13. Apples

 

Here’s an awesome recipe to get you started:

Chocolate chip Oat Pancakes

Ingredients:

½ cup raw instant oats

2 Tablespoons dark chocolate chips

½ banana

½ teaspoon wheat bran

¾ cup liquid organic egg whites

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

A pinch of baking soda

 

Directions:

Pour all ingredients except chocolate chips in blender and blend for 30 seconds.

Pour batter into preheated non-stick skillet (you may use cooking spray or coconut oil on the skillet ) to make pancakes.

Top pancakes with dark chocolate chips while cooking on medium heat.

Flip after about 1 minute.  Let cook another minute.  Pancakes are ready! Top with pure maple syrup and fresh sliced organic strawberries

 

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