Nuts Are Prebiotics
This recipe is in my new book Cultured Food in a Jar. I only make recipes that are easily incorporated into my life because I'm crazy busy and I want recipes to care for my body and busy microbes. This recipe fits the bill. It has only two ingredients and it's so easy to make. And, it tastes just like nut butter—you can’t even tell that there’s kefir mixed in—which is why I love it so much. You can use this any way you’d normally use nut butter. Stuff it in celery—fermented or regular. Make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Spread it on apples or other fruits. Whatever you want. You’re sure to love its creamy texture.
Nuts are also prebiotics: food for your bacteria. Substances in the nuts, and also in their skins, have been found to boost the good bifidobacteria and lactobacillus in the gut. Did you know that your good bacteria lower your cholesterol by using cholesterol as a food source? Did you know these good bacteria also reduce inflammation and protect your heart by keeping away endotoxins that can get into the bloodstream? Endotoxins are found in disease-causing bacteria that can penetrate a weakened gut lining. When endotoxins are released, our immune system sends out an alarm and creates inflammation throughout the body. You need to feed your bacteria lots of fiber-rich foods like nuts or your healthy bacteria starve to death inside your gut and then you wind up with leaky gut and a host of other problems. This recipe is the perfect way to accomplish the task and have a delicious probiotic treat. I hope everybody will start eating kefir nut butter. You can do this, right? It's so easy and filled with billions of probiotics. Check out the video and recipe!