If you’re a fan of dairy, yogurt can be a great way for you to obtain probiotics — those living microorganisms that support digestive health.  However, if you’re vegan or  lactose-intolerant ,  you may be in need for a few alternative options.  We’ve listed a few non-dairy probiotic vegetarian foods to try:

 

Probiotic Bites

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Sold by kid-friendly supplement company Healthy Delights, Probiotic Bites are high-quality strains of probiotics wrapped in layers of milk and dark chocolate. The antioxidants in the dark chocolate actually protects the probiotics from being destroyed by your stomach acid so that they actually make it to your large intestine. So they’re delicious AND more effective than probiotic pills!

 

Miso

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Miso soep (Photo credit: jasja dekker)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A staple in the Chinese and Japanese diets for its digestive properties, miso is a paste made from soybeans, koji, and sea salt. It is often mixed with grains such as rice or barley, and fermented from 3-5 months. This produces an enzyme and probiotic rich food which can be used to make soups and salad dressing and used to flavor rice and pasta, amongst other things.

 

Pickled Veggies

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Pickle (Photo credit: mrdestructicity)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pickles, sauerkraut and kimchi are all great examples of fermented vegetables with probiotic nutrients in them. If you’re going to go with pickles, though, ensure that the ones you buy are brine-cured rather than fermented with vinegar. And feel free to check out pickled carrots, ginger, and beans, too!

 

Nutrition Bars

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There are all kinds of supplement-packed bars out there, and the market has extended to include probiotics. You can check out Attune’s Dark Chocolate Probiotic Bar, or if you’re a fan of the yogurt-and-fruit combo, some of Athena’s bars.

 

 Are there any probiotic foods that you would recommend? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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