If you’ve visited Sporteluxe before, then you’re probably well aware that there’s a word in wellness that applies whether you’re talking about gut health, natural skin care, the immune system. Yep, we’re talking about probiotics. The microscopic good bacteria is integral to maintaining good overall health, and there’s also some research to suggest a balance gut microbiome will determine the health of your skin and the clearness of your complexion.
It’s no wonder then, that sales of probiotic supplements are estimated to hit US$96 billion by 2020. However, it’s always better to eat fresh, which is why we’ve rounded up six delicious and totally different breakfast recipes that will give you a probiotic fix first thing in the morning.
Our Favourite Probiotic-Packed Breakfast Recipes
1. Almond Butter, Strawberry, and Banana Overnight Oats with Chia
Add one banana, 1 1/4 cups unsweetened almond milk, and 1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt to a bowl and stir together until it’s creamy and combined. Next, stir in about 10 diced strawberries, one cup of gluten-free oats, and a tablespoon of chia seed. Divide into two sterilized mason jars, cover, and leave in the fridge overnight. When you’re ready to eat, add a tablespoon of almond butter and a few extra banana slices or strawberries to the top.
2. Berry-Licious Smoothie Bowl
With a high-powered blender, mix one cup or almond milk, 1 1/2 cups of mixed berries (fresh or frozen, although frozen will give you a thicker consistency), three tablespoons of Greek yogurt, and some ice. Pour into a bowl and top with sliced banana and blueberries, sliced almonds, granola, honey, chia seeds, and coconut flakes.
3. Coconut Cream Pie Oats
In a jar or container, stir together 1/2 cup of oats, 1/2 cup of coconut milk, 3/4 cup coconut flavored Greek yogurt, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, a pinch of salt, maple syrup to taste, and one teaspoon of vanilla extract until well-combined. Cover and chill overnight.
The following day, heat a frying pan over medium heat. Add 1/4 cup of shredded coconut and 1/4 cup of sliced almonds. Cook the mixture until the coconut is golden and the sliced almonds are toasted, which will be about three minutes. Remove from the heat and sprinkle over the oats.
4. Fluffy Kefir Pancakes
Sure, this recipe is a little more complicated than the others we’ve highlighted, but it’s worth the effort. You will need kefir, cow’s milk, two eggs, melted butter, flour, vanilla extract, salt, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, oil, honey, and sour cream, as well as utensils such as a clean jar, cheesecloth, a rubber band, a plastic sieve. There are two main steps, which you can follow here.
5. Savoury Oatmeal With Tempeh Bacon
Tempeh is packed with probiotics and is a common substitute for meat in meals. In this case, we’re swapping bacon for the tempeh version. This recipe for two people takes about 10 minutes to prepare and another 20 minutes to cook.
Boil 2 cups of water in a small saucepan and then add 1 cup oats. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for about 5 minutes. Stir in 1½ tablespoons nutritional yeast, 1 tablespoon hummus, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and cayenne pepper. Divide into two bowls.
While the oats are cooking, heat a little olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add 1 or two cups chopped kale and stir; cook until slightly wilted, about 5 minutes. Add 1/2 cup black beans and season with salt and pepper. then cook for another minute. Top each bowl of oatmeal with half the mixture. Then, in a plate or shallow bowl, add 2 teaspoons agave nectar or maple syrup, 1/4 teaspoon onion powder, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon cumin, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and mix well. Add 4 ounces sliced tempeh in the marinade and let is sit for 5 minutes.
In the same skillet over medium heat, warm a little oil. Add tempeh to the pan, cooking in two batches if necessary. Cook tempeh until slightly charred, about 3 minutes; flip and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Serve together in a bowl with some sliced avocado.
6. Kefir Chai Latte
Place two chai tea bags in a small mug and then pour just enough boiling hot water into the mug to cover the tea bags. Cover the top with a plate and let the tea steep for about 5 minutes. Pour 8 ounces kefir into a drinking glass and add 1 tablespoon agave nectar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and 2 teaspoons fresh ground ginger. Stir the mixture together. Take out the tea bags and pour the contents of the mug into your kefir mixture, then stir to combine the ingredients. Decorate with a sprinkled cinnamon, and enjoy.