The holiday season is upon us with its rich and delicious food that can be hard to digest even for us vegans. While the use of digestive aids like Pepto-Bismol and the like abound during festivities, natural remedies will always be the best. You have probably heard of probiotics. They are the rage these days; it seems that everyone is talking about them. Indeed, they are a great supplement to one’s diet. However, lactobacillus bacteria, the one responsible for our healthy gut flora, is most commonly found in dairy products.
Since vegans do not consume yogurt, the array of probiotic rich foods may seem smaller. If you have ever wondered how to get a dose of healthy bacteria on a plant-based diet, here is a short list to point you in the right direction:
The trendy drink that has become many vegans’ favorite thing to sip on is not only delicious and zingy but also full of gut healthy bacteria. It is a bit on the expensive side as a regular purchase but it can be made at home for a fraction of the cost.
Vegan versions of the traditional Korean’s favorite spicy side dish made from Napa cabbage and shrimp paste have come out in recent years. You can find many brands such as King’s Kimchi and Mother in Law’s Kimchi in supermarkets all over the US.
A trip to your local Korean Supermarket may also prove fruitful.
If not, Mother in Law’s Kimchi ships all over the US.
Non-US residents do not fret. Kimchi can be made at home.
You do not need to eat sausages to enjoy this German fermented cabbage, although, it would go great with some vegan ones. Sauerkraut is vegan by default and easy to find in most grocery stores. You can make it at home for very cheap if you are on a budget.
Made from fermented soybeans, tempeh is more flavourful than tofu, which makes it a great addition to any dish. Bonus point, you can use it to make delicious cruelty-free bacon!
Dairy free options like soy or coconut based yogurts provide a healthy dose of probiotics as long as they contain live cultures. You can find them either in regular grocery stores or at your local health food shop. So Delicious, Daiya and Kite Hill are some of my favorite brands. Top with fresh berries and granola and you got yourself a tasty, gut healthy breakfast.
I hope that these tasty plant-based foods will help you get optimal digestion during this holiday season. What are your favorite sources of probiotics?