What is the state of your gut? Do you find that you have gut discomfort like bloating, gas, irregular bowel movements, even cramping, or pain? Gut health is increasingly complex, and it is clear to medical professionals today that the gut impacts more than just your literal stomach and bowel movements. Over the last two decades, numerous studies have uncovered that gut health affects your mood, mental health, skin and hair health, immune system, and more.
There are between 300-500 different species of microorganisms living in our gut called the microbiome. Although some bacteria in our gut can be harmful, most are essential to our health and wellness. One recent study showed that having a variety of healthy gut bacteria can help combat weight gain, depression, and help with immune strength. Gut disruptions like bloating, gas, irregularity, and discomfort can all be telltale signs that your gut bacteria are out of whack. Other symptoms include disrupted sleep, fatigue, unplanned weight gain or loss, skin irritation, and hair loss.
There are several ways to combat gut disruptions. Avoiding processed foods and high sugar diets, consuming fermented foods like kombucha and sauerkraut, and drinking plenty of water can all help balance your gut bacteria. When changing your diet seems too tedious, all-natural supplements can help too. For example, our gut health collection is loaded with natural options to make balancing your gut easier than ever.
So, we know that the tiny microorganisms living in our gut play a super important role in keeping us healthy and thriving, but making sure we are eating enough of the right foods to fuel this beneficial bacteria is not always easy. Incorporating probiotics and prebiotic-rich foods into your diet can, however, be really fun! Take this opportunity to explore new foods that you would not typically gravitate toward and step outside of your comfort zone.
You can start with one of our all-time favorite super probiotic power bowls. This recipe is one of our favorite gut-balancing meals. Not only is it easy to make, but this is also a meal that can last for over a week, so it makes prepping and planning easy! Meal-prepping is in, right? Now is your time to shine while your gut bacteria thrive! This bowl is for anyone who struggles with regular gut discomfort or is just looking for an easy healthy, and balanced new meal to try. This Probiotic Power Bowl contains a healthy mix of naturally fermented and prebiotic-rich foods to help you take back control of your gut health today.
What do I need?
This recipe yields enough for 3-5 servings.
There are two parts to this recipe, the vinaigrette, and the power bowl. For the vinaigrette, you will need the following ingredients:
- Avocado Oil
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Fresh Ginger (peeled)
- Fresh garlic (peeled)
- Coarse Sea Salt
For the bowl base, you will need the following ingredients:
- Brown rice
- A large red beet
- A golden beet
- A small cauliflower head
- Sunflower or broccoli sprouts
- Dandelion greens
- Red onion (optional)
- Raw unsalted pumpkin seeds
- Almonds or walnuts
How to make the vinaigrette:
Believe it or not, this is the easiest part of the recipe. Simply combine a ½ cup of avocado oil, ¼ cup of fresh-squeezed orange juice, two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, 1 to 1.5 inches of peeled ginger, one clove of peeled garlic, and salt (to taste) in a blender or food processor. Allow some time for this mixture to chill once you have mixed it thoroughly.
How To Make This Healthy Belly Bowl:
Cook 4 cups of brown rice. While your rice is cooking, chop the beet and golden beet, onion, and cauliflower. Drizzle avocado oil in a pan, and on medium-high, pan sear these veggies until cooked thoroughly. (The beets should be soft and the onion mostly clear.) Once the veggies are thoroughly cooked, add 1 cup of sauerkraut to the mixture and warm. You can also add as many chopped walnuts, almonds, and pumpkin seeds to the pan in a quantity as you see fit.
In a bowl, add a base of rice, dandelion greens, and sunflower or broccoli sprouts. Top this off with a heaping scoop of the pan-seared vegetable and sauerkraut mixture. Finally, drizzle with the vinaigrette as desired. Top with sea salt to taste.