Snack Attack! My Probiotic Powerball Recipe!
Dr. Kennard’s Probiotic Powerballs
These are my go to snack in the mornings, before the operating room, and to give my daughter after school. Loaded with healthy fat and fiber for a low glycemic index, and probiotics to improve the body’s microbiome.
1 C gluten free rolled oats
1 C ground flax
1 C almond butter
½ C coconut oil
1/3 c raw honey
¼ c chia seeds
2 T probiotic powder (I like Vitacost Vanilla Probiotic Powder) or open 3 probiotic capsules and sprinkle powder in
Options mix-ins: chopped walnuts, unsweetened dried berries, dark chocolate chips, unsweetened coconut
Roll into balls and refrigerate
One of the supplements I routinely recommend for patients is a high quality probiotic. When I started my medical practice probiotics were not routinely talked about, and very little was known about the gut microbiome and it’s wide-reaching effects on overall health status. The conversation has changed. An abundance of research is focusing on the gut microbiome’s effects on multiple disease processes, from mental health to autoimmune diseases to acne to obesity and more. As an OB/GYN, I often see the effects of microbiome dysbiosis on the urogenital tract and as it relates to maternal-child healthcare.
Here are my recommendations for optimizing the body’s microbiome:
For urogenital and maternal-child health, Lactobacillus rhamnosus (GG) and Lactobacillus reuteri have the most data. L. rhamnosus is effective in preventing vaginal infections and as an adjuvant treatment therapy in recurrent, hard-to-treat infections, and can prevent urinary tract infection and resolve diarrheal infections as well. I always supplement my pregnant patients with L. reuteri, especially at 36 weeks to delivery. Studies show that this probiotic when given at the end of pregnancy and during breastfeeding is effective at reducing the risk of atopic disease, eczema, and allergies in the child.
For general gut health, I recommend a combination of Lactobacillus casei (especially important for people with autoimmune disease), saccharomyces, and bifidobacterium.
Natural food sources of probiotics should also be consumed, such as unsweetened yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha (fermented tea), and pickled vegetables. For most Americans though, the diet is not rich in natural probiotics and a supplement is advisable.
Probiotics are an important part of my recipes, and are the “food” that the probiotics digest and use to proliferate in the body. The “resistant” starches in legumes and sweet potato, for example, are used by the probiotics to replicate and repopulate the entire GI tract.
So take care of your bodies and treat them nicely! I hope you enjoy this yummy recipe as much as I do! Share with your families, friends, or maybe just eat them all yourself!