Probiotic Power Plate – Tempeh and Asparagus Stir Fy

Today’s post is all about Probiotics and Prebiotics for healthy tummy’s and happy bodies!

Ok…soooo…..why is there a big pic of a Stir Fry at the top of this page??

 

Where’s the yogurt? The dairy?? Where is Jamie Lee Curtis telling me I will be regulated in 7 days…?

Probiotics and dairy have become almost synonymous for each other when we’re talking about regulating our GI tract, but while yogurt definitely is an enormous powerhouse for all of those good bacteria – there’s still so many other ways to feed our flora and fauna!

But what exactly is good bacteria?? What foods have them? What are prebiotics anyways??

Well.. I asked Ashley!

First, a little background on our gut -

We normally have an abundance of friendly bacteria in our gut. However, antibiotics, stress, and poor diets can all throw our bacterial balance out of whack and result in an overgrowth of bad bacteria and yeast.

Probiotics and prebiotics are what can help restore that balance. These are the beneficial bacteria found in various foods or dietary supplements that add healthy bacteria back into our intestinal tracts.

Ok great, so what is the difference between probiotics and prebiotics??

Probiotics are the friendly bacteria we want in our guts.

Prebiotics are non-digestible foods that help the friendly bacteria grow and flourish.

So we need both – Probiotics are the good bacteria and Prebiotics are what help the probiotics live!

Still with me?? Here’s some sources of each – you need both for a healthy gut!

Probiotic-Containing Foods: 

Prebiotic-Containing Foods: 

  • Yogurt-purchase only those products that clearly state the presence of live and active cultures
  • Kefir
  • Sauerkraut
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Miso Soup
  • Sour Pickles
  • Tempeh
  • Soft cheeses (gouda)
  • Buttermilk
  • Cottage cheese
  • Soy sauce 
  • Asparagus
  • Jerusalem artichokes
  • Bananas
  • Oatmeal
  • Red wine
  • Honey
  • Maple syrup
  • Legumes
  • Wheat barley
  • Rye
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Leeks

 

Are you surprised by any of those foods?? I had no clue probiotics were in soy sauce?? tempeh?? Chocolate…. ok I love that one!

Consuming these foods regularly will help keep the good bacteria in your gut balanced – and give you the best fighting chance against bloating, indigestion, and colds!
Now I know probiotics are a huge topic and we’ve just scratched the surface with this post! If you still have questions Ashley would love to hear from you! You an tweet her at @AshleyMcGinnRD #AskAshley or leave comments below on this post! 
 And now on to my favorite part - the food!
 
Here’s a recipe for a quick and easy probiotic-packed meal you can have on the table in 20 minutes – start to finish! I found this recipe on Cooking Light and with a few tweaks I knew this would be perfect for today’s post!
Stir frys are the best for quick weeknight meals and the best for sneaking in all kinds of good-for you-veggies! This one is full of delicious good bacteria foods from the list above – asparagus, tempeh, soy sauce, and honey! Enjoy with a glass of wine and a square of dark chocolate and you’ve got yourself the ideal meal for your belly.

Recipe adapted from Cooking Light

 

Comments

  1. Not only do I learn something new everytime I visit but I see another wonderful recipe my friend :D
    Forever love your blog!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  2. So informative! I love the dish – yum! xoxo

  3. Michael, again, loves this! And…omg…probiotics are in CHOCOLATE!? YAYY!

  4. What a great post! I love it. I learned about some foods I would never have suspected that would be good for that. Perfect! Yay for red wine and chocolate being on the list! haha

    • Whipped Baking says:

      Thanks! And haha yes! Any excuse to eat more chocolate and drink more wine… now I just need to find some amazing health benefit for deep dish pizza and we’re set. : )

  5. I always associate probiotics with dairy also but I’m glad to know there’s way more to them than that! great dish and great post!

    • Whipped Baking says:

      Thanks Joanne! And same here, I had no idea about all of the other foods either until I talked with Ashley!

  6. sounds like a delicious stir-fry!

  7. I feel much more educated now. I didn’t know about prebiotics at all. This dish looks delish!

    • Whipped Baking says:

      I’m so happy you learned something too! I”ve been having so much fun learning all of these new nutrition tips from Ashley!

      p.s. I baked up my post for you last week and its really yummy! Writing the post either today or tomorrow, I’m excited for you to see it!

  8. It’s such a relief that there are dairy-free probiotic options for people who are lactose intolerant!

    • Whipped Baking says:

      Agreed! My main source of probiotics has been soy yogurt…. which I have to drive 30 minutes to find at the nearest Whole Foods! Very excited to learn there’s a bunch of different ways I can get the same benefits :)

    • Whipped Baking says:

      Yes! That was my favorite part about this list of foods, I had no idea so many other foods beside dairy had probiotics in them! Thanks for the yummy info girl :) Love this!

  9. Awesome recipe! I’ve actually never have tried tempeh before… what does it taste like? If it tastes as good as your pictures look, I’m sure I’d love it!!! Looks delicious!

    • Whipped Baking says:

      This was my first time actually! It was pretty good – it’s just like tofu in that it soaks up any flavors you give it – so give it lots of flavor! Thats why its so great in a stir fry :) I’m not gonna lie… I’d probably pick chicken over tempeh, but for a yummy change every once in a while (and for the probiotics!) its great!

  10. The stir-fry sounds delicious! And this is such a helpful post! I went through a period of time last fall where my tummy was all out of whack and I ended up going with a really intense probiotic yogurt (it tasted terrible btw), but I’m glad to know that there are other options should that happen again! I especially love the chocolate option :)

    • Whipped Baking says:

      O ew was it Kefir?? I had that same problem (still do….) and tried forcing myself to drink plain kefir.. not good. Haha so not good at all! And yes, very happy about the chocolate option :) As if I needed any more positive reinforcement to keep my M&M stash…

  11. What a great post…thanks for the info!
    Now your recipe look and sounds amazing..I love the combination that you used! Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!

    • Whipped Baking says:

      Thanks Sandra! I hope you’re having a great weekend too! And so happy you liked all the info :) I love learning and sharing all of these fun health tips!

  12. Oooh! I can dig a probiotic non-Jamie Lee Curtis solution :) This looks lovely! I need to find some tempeh

  13. So interesting to learn sources of probiotics AND prebiotics! Great info! I think I’d have to swap out the tempeh for some real meat, but this looks like one delicious recipe~

    • Whipped Baking says:

      Hahaha thats ok, I won’t hold it against you :) I’m with you on the meat, love tempeh every once in a while but really love my chicken stir fry!

  14. Fun fact: I’m terrified of any meat-alternative foods. Tempeh totally falls into that category. I just don’t understand what it’s going to taste like…or what the texture is going to be…it’s all very scary. I’m all for cheese, though! And I’m totally down with that prebiotic list.

    Maybe I’ll just start pouring soy sauce on everything. (ok, maybe not)

    • Whipped Baking says:

      hahaha don’t be such a baby! Just try it! You’re not going to love it…. haha but its pretty good, I swear!

  15. YES!! thank you for this recipe!!!! I’m looking for a tempeh recipe and I found it!

  16. how cool! i didn`t know what any of this probiotic stuff before! I am so going to try eating more of both! Since i love stir-fry, this is awesome~

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