By now you’ve heard the saying, “good health starts in the gut,” and it’s TRUE. Maintaining a healthy gut is crucial for your health and well-being. Your gut is home to trillions of bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms that play a significant role in digesting food, synthesizing nutrients, and supporting immune function. When your gut is healthy, it’s better equipped to fight off infections, reduce inflammation, support healthy digestion, and even improve your mood. But when your gut is out of balance, it can lead to a range of health issues, including bloating, constipation, and in some cases, chronic illnesses. Not good!
But, science continuously shows us that one of the most effective ways to support your gut health is through a healthy diet. By eating a balanced diet rich in fiber, whole grains, and fermented foods, we can help promote the growth of good bacteria in our gut, while minimizing the harmful effects of different gut microbiome disrupters.
In this post, I’ll be rounding up 10 easy & delicious gut-healthy recipes. From the most delicious muffins, to crisp and refreshing drinks, there is truly something for everyone! Whether you’re looking to improve your digestion or simply enjoy delicious and healthy food, these recipes are guaranteed to become a staple in your diet!
This tonic is the PERFECT way to start your day! It’s filled with hydrating coconut water, fresh lemons, turmeric, honey, and grated ginger for a zesty way to kickstart your day and get your digestion going. Each ingredient in this recipe is gut healthy, and there is not a single day that goes by that I don’t drink my Glow-Up Tonic! This recipe actually comes from my cookbook, LOVE TO EAT, which is available everywhere books are sold!
We all love a delicious muffin for breakfast, but traditional muffins can be loaded with sugar and other ingredients that aren’t so good for our gut. But these muffins are not only gut healthy (I hand-picked ingredients from the Periodic Table of Microbiome Friendly Foods), but they’re also packed with delicious flavors to keep you full and satisfied all morning long!
Cookies for breakfast? Sign me up! These cookies are not only gut healthy, but they are LOADED with tons of delicious ingredients to keep your tummies happy! If you wake up finding yourself craving a sweet treat, then these are the perfect breakfast for you. And the best part? You can easily prep these cookies at the beginning of the week, and have delicious breakfast cookies all week long! Oh, and they freeze well too.
Tahn is a salty, creamy drink that is a staple to Armenian culture. I grew up drinking it as a delicious and refreshing after school snack, not even realizing how healthy it was! This drink is loaded with greek yogurt, which is rich in probiotics – aka the good bacteria that your gut needs to stay healthy! Some people have said it reminds them of a liquid version of tzatziki, and they are not wrong! It is delicious and very thirst-quenching, too!
2023 is the year of the mocktail. As more and more people embrace being #sobercurious, having fun and delicious mocktail recipes on-hand is an absolute must. This Mixed Berry Mocktail is loaded with fresh berries and mint for a crisp, refreshing, and gut-healthy drink that anyone can enjoy. It’s so good, you won’t even miss the alcohol.
There is nothing that kids love more than mini muffins, and these mini muffins are not only sweet and delicious, but they are also, you guessed it, gut healthy! If your kids are always wanting those little pre-packaged muffins that they find in the grocery stores, then this is a delicious, better-for-you alternative, with ingredients hand picked from the Periodic Table of Microbiome Friendly Foods.
A hearty dinner that’s warm, cozy, and also good for your gut? Does it get any better than that?! This Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash is one of my favorite dinner recipes, and it also happens to be vegetarian-friendly as well! Research shows that a plant-forward diet can be beneficial to our gut health, and this recipe is the best way to start incorporating more plants! It’s warm and cozy and bursting with flavors!
Chocolate covered strawberries are delicious anytime of year, but sometimes, you just don’t have the patience to make them. After all, hand dipping strawberries into chocolate can take hours to make, even though they take only seconds to eat. These Chocolate Dipped Strawberries are not only made with gut healthy ingredients, but they are also made in an ice cube tray, so they come together with minimal time, effort, or mess. What could be better than that?!
Soups are one of the simplest and easiest ways to get your veggies in. Whether you’re cooking for picky eaters, or tend to be a little more veggie-adverse yourself (we all have our preferences!) this soup is a delicious way to get in your veggies and gut healthy ingredients. It gets its beautiful golden color thanks to turmeric, which has been used for centuries to help lower inflammation in the body!
Blueberry cobbler has always been one of my favorite desserts, and in smoothie form? Dare I say, it’s even BETTER. This gut healthy smoothie is loaded with gut-healthy ingredients hand picked from the Periodic Table of Microbiome Friendly Foods, and is a sweet and creamy way to kickstart your day!
Remember, eating foods that support your gut are extremely helpful, but I am a firm believer that you also need a quality probiotic. I have been taking the Seed DS-01 Daily Synbiotic for YEARS now, and it is the best probiotic on the market (IMO!). If you want to try it, use code KALEJUNKIE15 to save 15% off your order!
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If you decide to make any of these gut-healthy recipes, please be sure to leave a comment and rating below! And since I practically live on Instagram, be sure to tag me in your creations so I can see them and repost on my IG stories! Enjoy! xx