If you have experienced any kind of digestive upset or issues, chances are, your doctor has recommended that you take a probiotic pill or eat more probiotic-rich foods. Probiotics are living bacteria and yeasts found in fermented foods that are thought to mimic the “good” bacteria in our guts. Probiotic consumption has been linked to improved digestive health, skin health, immunity, and more. Yay for fermented foods!
Unfortunately, the most widely available and consumed probiotic food in the U.S. is dairy-based yogurt. That’s not a huge issue on the surface except that dairy is one of the most frequently cited trigger foods for digestive upset. Luckily, it’s simple to make a dairy-free yogurt that’s creamy, delicious, and still rich in live and active cultures to improve your digestive health and balance your microbiome! If you have 3 ingredients, you can make Homemade Coconut Yogurt!
Curious about how to do it? Together with Outcome Health, I created this video showcasing how to make Homemade Coconut Yogurt from start to finish. This is a favorite recipe from my Healthy Digestion cooking class, coming up next month. Although the idea of a “fermentation project” might sound intimidating (or even smelly or messy), this recipe has only has 3 ingredients and comes together quickly, neatly and decidedly smell-free. I created this video so I can walk you through each step when you try this recipe at home. You can find the recipe printed on my website as well.
Want to taste this delicious yogurt in person? Watch me make it and several other recipes intended to optimize digestion at my next Healthy Digestion cooking class on Wednesday, September 20 at The Chopping Block's Lincoln Square location. I’ll also share lifestyle and habit tips for improving digestion from both Western medicine and ancient traditions like Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine. If using food as medicine traditions interest you, learn more about my Global Healing Kitchens series.