PC Dairy-Free Kefir Probiotic Fermented Coconut Milk
What: President’s Choice® has two nearly identical versions of this coconut milk product with one being certified organic. Both versions are dairy-free and vegan certified making it an especially good option for people with lactose intolerance, vegetarians, and vegans.
Why: This product is made with over 10 types of probiotic bacteria used to make this product and over 2 Billion active cultures per 188mL. This hugely contributes to your natural gut bacteria and contributes to good digestive health. This product is lower in calories, cholesterol, and sodium compared to its cow’s milk produced competitor.
A note on saturated fat in coconut; the fat in coconuts is largely medium-chain saturated fat. These are digested differently in the body than other fats and the effects of this are continually being investigated, with being potentially heart healthy or at least have a neutral effect.
This product is perfect to use in smoothies, cold cereals, and to just drink by the glass. If you have never had kefir, it tends to have a semi-thick pourable consistency and could also be eaten as a yogurt substitute with various fruits and toppings such as honey and granola.
$4.99/1L (Loblaws; 10-04-2018)
Prana ProactivChia – Ground Black Seeds
What Is It?
Chia is a seed derived from the Salvia hispanica plant of South America. Used in the past to keep warriors strong, this product is packed full of nutrients to help you battle the day! With the 4 billion probiotics per 2 tbsp, this Prana product is also introducing healthy bacteria to promote gut health.
Why Do We Like Chia?
Protein: Chia seeds have about 3 grams of protein for a 2 Tbsp serving. Chia is also one of the few plant sources of ‘complete protein’ meaning that has all the amino acids that your body needs. Omega-3’s: One serving (2 Tbsp) provides over 100% of your daily requirement! Fibre: Chia seeds contain soluble fibre that can be used by your healthy gut bacteria for energy and gives your digestive system an exercise keeping it healthy and strong. This fibre also helps you feel full preventing overeating.
This product is very versatile and can be used in smoothies and sprinkled on yogurts, puddings, and hot and cold cereals. Chia can also be added to salad dressings and fruit drinks to give them an extra boost. When ground and mixed with water, Chia forms a gel that can be used to thicken jams and soups. Note: cooking these chia seeds will destroy the added probiotics but you will still get all the goodness from the seed. https://www.prana.bio/en_ca/blog/everything-about-chia/
24.99 for 1 kg (Prana Website; 10-04-2018)
GT’s Living Foods Kombucha
What Is It?
GT’s Kombucha is an organically produced cultured tea. Ingredients include black and green tea, various fruit juices, and probiotic bacterial cultures for fermentation. Due to the black tea, this product does have small amounts of caffeine. A wide variety of flavours are available.
Why Do We like Kombucha?
As part of the culturing process, the tea becomes rich in probiotics contributing to digestive health, amino acids, polyphenols an antioxidant, and active enzymes. A number of the benefits of teas are believed to be extended to Kombucha such as prevention of some cancers improving the immune system and liver function, and being heart healthy. Research specific to Kombucha is ongoing.
Kombucha makes a refreshing drink on its own, but get creative and try using it in smoothies, mixing it with your favourite juice, or in vinaigrettes and marinades. The effervescence created during the fermentation also makes it a great substitute for soda pop.
Due to the fermentation process kombucha does contain small amounts of alcohol and is therefore not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
$3.99/480mL or $9.49/1.4L (Loblaws; 10-04-2018)
Key Contributor: Amanda Theriault
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