A delicious gut healthy power bowl to fuel you through the day. Made with carrot kraut, massaged kale, fresh pear, avocado, black beans, and so much more. I also share the importance of gut health, probiotics, and my experience with Silver Fern Ultimate Probiotics.
Today, I’m talking about a topic I’ve been fascinated by over the last few years: gut health. I’m also sharing a delicious gut healthy power bowl recipe with you and my experience with Silver Fern Ultimate Probiotics.
Up until a few years ago, I had spent most of my life thinking it was somewhat normal to have digestive issues, bloat, and other unpleasant symptoms. As I started learning more about gut flora, I was amazed to learn that the human body actually contains trillions of microorganisms, outnumbering our human cells by 10 to 1. These completely separate creatures make up our microbiome. There’s also research now that indicates that our gut health may play an important role in determining whether we are obese or lean. I was intrigued and wanted to learn more.
Why is Gut Health So Important?
Consider your gut your second brain. It’s linked to our immune system, our cravings, emotions, and every other function in our body. Anything that enters our body either gets absorbed by our gut or removed through our elimination system. This makes the gut a vital part of our being as many ailments can essentially be linked to our gut. As someone who’s always craved cupcakes on a frequent basis, I was interested to learn that there are studies that show that an imbalanced gut flora can make you crave sugar. For example, have you noticed when you eat sugar, you just crave more of it? That’s because the sweet stuff promotes the growth of the bad bacteria in the gut while hindering the growth of the beneficial kind.
Gut Healthy Foods
What we eat also determines what kind of bacteria will enter our gut. This is why it’s so important to realize the impact of what we’re putting into our bodies and its long-term effects on our health.
What can negatively impact our gut flora, you may ask? Here are a few things:
- Sugars and other refined carbs (hello, processed food, I’m looking at you)
- Artificial sweeteners
- Highly chlorinated water
One of the best things we can do to enhance and improve gut health is to regularly eat foods that contain friendly probiotic bacteria, specifically fermented foods such as sauerkraut, yogurt (I love coconut yogurt!), kombucha, kimchi.
I also love adding a high-quality probiotic supplement to my diet.
So what’s all the hype with probiotics these days? Go to your local health store and you’ll find a variety of probiotics with different price points. Go online and you’ll find even more! Some are located in the aisles of the store while others are tucked away in the refrigerated section. Some claim your probiotics need to be refrigerated while others claim the ability to be shelf-viable. Others claim it’s important to keep switching your probiotics every few months.
Unfortunately, most probiotics are dead on the shelf and do nothing for our wellbeing. What some brands claim on the label can even be completely different than what’s inside the bottle, according to a study done at UC Davis.
I personally have been taking probiotics for a few years now and was always left wondering if the expensive capsules I was spending my hard earned dollars on was actually doing anything. I’ve probably tried at least a dozen different brands at various price points during this time period. Every few months, I’d find myself experimenting with a new one, hoping it would magically cure my digestive woes.
Silver Fern Brand Ultimate Probiotics
I started using Silver Fern Ultimate Probiotics a couple months ago (two capsules daily with breakfast) and have been really pleased with them. What I’ve noticed so far: less bloat, fewer cravings, reduced hunger in general (I don’t snack a lot like I used to), improved regularity, and improved sleep quality.
Here are a few things that initially caught my attention about this brand before I started using their probiotics:
- 100% guaranteed survivability. Why is this important? An effective probiotic needs to survive through the gastric barrier (a.k.a. your stomach) which is highly acidic to make it to your intestines. The acids in your stomach virtually kill all probiotic bacteria. Silver Fern’s probiotic are shown to naturally survive through the harsh gastric environment and make it to the coline alive to start functioning like a probiotic and start to have its intended effect. When evaluating a probiotic, check to see if they have gastric survival data available. Otherwise, you’re most likely spending your money on dead bacteria.
- Contains a prebiotic to help activate the probiotic bacteria in the gut.
- They have 3rd party DNA verification of the strains.
- 8 Billion CFU. While there are other probiotics on the market with much higher CFU, Silver Fern focuses on quality over quantity. A smaller quantity of a real probiotic strain is a lot more powerful than a larger quantity (or CFU) of dying (or dead) bacteria strains.
Silver Fern Ultimate Probiotic has 3 different classes of probiotics: spores, probiotic yeast, and acid stable pediococcus. The bacteria gets into our gut, help reduces inflammation and starts favoring the growth of the “good” bacteria in our gut. We want more of the “good” bacteria and less of the “bad.”
I look forward to continuing to use Silver Fern Ultimate Probiotics in the coming months and reporting back my experience. So far, I’m pleased with them and can’t wait to see how they continue to change my gut health when combined with all of the other healthy practices I’ve implemented in my life.
In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this gut healthy power bowl. It’s packed with many of my favorite ingredients and delicious carrot kraut (although you can substitute any sauerkraut in this recipe).As always, if you try this recipe, I’d love to hear what you think! Just tag your photos to #realandvibrant on Instagram. There’s truly nothing that inspires me more than seeing you guys trying out the recipes I post. Have a beautiful day!
Thank you to Silver Fern Brands for sponsoring this blog post! As always, all opinions expressed are unbiased and my own.
Gut Healthy Power Bowl
A delicious gut healthy power bowl to fuel you through the day. Made with carrot kraut, massaged kale, fresh pear, black beans, and so much more. This satisfying bowl is not only packed with fiber and nutrient-rich ingredients but also makes for a delicious meal.
For the Bowl
- 4 cups kale, washed and destemmed
- 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 avocado, peeled and sliced
- 1/2 cup carrot sauerkraut (you can make your own or buy some at a health store)
- 1 cup black beans, cooked
- 1/2 cup purple cabbage, sliced thinnly
- 1/2 cup sweet potato (option to cut into ribbons)
- 1 tbsp avocado oil
For the Dressing
- 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- sea salt and cracked black pepper, to taste
On medium heat, drizzle some avocado oil onto a medium sized pan. Add the sweet potato ribbons (or cubes). Coat the sweet potatoes with the oil and cook until soft.
In a large bowl, massage the olive oil into the kale until the kale is soft and shiny. This usually takes about a minute.
In two bowls, separate the massaged kale, avocado slices, carrot sauerkraut, black beans, cabbage, and cooked sweet potatoes.
Drizzle with the dressing and enjoy.