It’s recipe redux time and this month our challenge is: “With cold and flu season upon us, the best defense may be good gut health. Since much of our immune health begins in the gut, show us your healthy, delicious recipe to bolster gut health.”
My goal for this month’s recipe redux was not only to focus on probiotics, but also prebiotics. We all know that probiotics are the good bacteria we eat. They are live bacteria that are introduced to the gut by the food we eat. There are also some pretty amazing foods that contain something called probiotics. Prebiotics are special foods that help the probiotics live!
Prebiotic foods include asparagus, garlic, Jerusalem artichokes… AND bananas and oats!
So much of our immunity is dependent on how healthy our gut remains. These bacteria that flourish in our gut just might be the key in whether or not you get sick.
The yogurt in this parfait is skyr, but Greek yogurt works as well. Not all yogurt contains active live cultures. In order for it to be a probiotic food, it must say “contains live, active cultures” on the label somewhere.
There are many foods that can give you probiotic benefits. Of all of the fermented foods out there, I would say that yogurt made with active, live cultures has to be the most consumed. It’s a great way to get those probiotics.
Add some bananas and homemade granola to your probiotics and get the double shot of immunity boost.
Homemade granola is so easy, you must try it!
A simple granola is perfect to make for everyday eating!
- 1.5 cups rolled oats, not quick cooking oats
- 1/4 cup maple syrup or honey
- ¼ cup canola oil
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 bananas
- 2 cups Greek yogurt or skyr
- Preheat oven to 300°F (150°C)
- Mix oats, honey, oil, cinnamon, and salt together in a medium bowl
- Spread out in an even layer on a baking sheet
- Bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes
- Allow to cool on the pan, the granola will crisp up as it cools
- To assemble the parfait, add 1/2 cup yogurt, 1/2 of a banana (sliced), and 1/4 cup granola
- Serve immediately
- Store extra granola in an airtight container