For good gut health, it’s key to ensure you are getting enough probiotic and prebiotic foods in each meal. This gut-loving breakfast bowl - with its diverse array of gut-friendly ingredients - helps to support balance and healthy immune function in your gut. A combination of berries, Greek yogurt, oats, nuts and seeds topped off with a chocolat-y twist, it provides a well-balanced, gut-loving meal full of colour and texture.
How will these ingredients support your gut health?
Greek yogurt contains live cultures, aka ‘good’ bacteria, which support healthy digestion and immune function. Greek yogurt is also high in protein, a macronutrient that’s important for cellular production and repair, and keeps you feeling full for longer. This means you’ll be less likely to reach for a snack throughout the day, giving your digestive system time to rest and digest between meals.
Be sure to read the ingredients on the container and look out for added sugar. We’d also recommend avoiding ‘low fat’ or ‘Greek yogurt style’ as they won’t have the same positive effects.
Rolled oats are a great source of resistant starch, a type of prebiotic fibre that your friendly gut bacteria can feed on. Eating rolled oats nourishes the gut and works to maintain bowel regularity. It also helps with regulating your appetite by making you feel full for longer.
Berries are packed with fibre, which supports healthy digestion and stabilises blood sugar levels (in combination with the protein from other ingredients). They also contain high amounts of phytonutrients and antioxidants that can help fight cell damage, including cells in the digestive tract.
Chia seeds contain omega 3s, protein and fibre. The fibre in chia seeds supports optimal stool formation and promotes bowel regularity. Chia seeds also absorb water and expand in the stomach, keeping you feeling full until your next meal.
Almonds, as well as being high in vitamin E and other minerals, are another source of prebiotics that can help boost levels of beneficial gut bacteria. They can also help to reduce high levels of cholesterol.
100% raw cacao powder
Raw cacao powder contains gut-loving prebiotics, making it great for nourishing beneficial gut bacteria. It also contains gut-healthy antioxidants called flavonols. Beneficial bacteria can ferment these antioxidants into smaller, absorbable compounds that make their way into your bloodstream, making it good for heart health, brain health, your immune system and more.