My Favorite Proteins for Gut-Healthy Recipes
Bison is delicious and easier to digest than beef, with 10% more protein. I specifically buy ground bison with organ meats because organ meats are highly nutritious. Native people consider organs the most valuable part of an animal.
I also consume frozen and canned wild-caught salmon and sardines. I often open a can to add to a small salad with sauerkraut, olive oil, and lemon juice. If you wrinkle your nose and say “Ew!” to sardines, try the sardines from Wild Planet. They are a scrumptious, inexpensive, and nutrient-dense protein.
The Uncommon Gut-Healthy Foods
In addition, fermented foods are often found in my refrigerator. If your gut is sensitive to fermented foods, I recommend you begin drinking the brine from fermented foods until your body adjusts. I went through this process myself and I now can eat sauerkraut with each meal. My favorite companies for fermented foods include WildBrine.com and ClevelandKitchen.com. These companies use salt only in their fermentation process. Furthermore, both companies offer a variety of flavors. For example, if you are sensitive to spices, they offer simple varieties with few additives.
My favorite late-night snack is Butcher’s Bone Broth. I prefer the chicken flavor with carrots and salt, but the company makes broth from beef and turkey as well. Bone broth is an excellent snack for busy people. Bone broth contains 20 grams of protein as well as healthy fats, minerals, and vitamins.
Healthy Options for Quick Nutrient-Dense Energy
At least twice a day, I mix ice-cold water with Protein Power or All Day Energy. In fact, this quick meal is often my breakfast or mid-afternoon snack. I created Protein Power for busy lifestyles—and has saved me from eating unhealthy foods when on the go. My children drank Protein Power in sippy cups when they were two years old. I fondly remember my daughter telling the cranky babysitter, “You need a protein drink!” Now, I ship Protein Power and All Day Energy to my grown children, wherever they are.
Consuming protein shakes prevents blood sugar imbalances. My sweetener of choice? Monk fruit—with a zero glycemic index and no aftertaste. In fact, monk fruit is the sweetener included in my protein powder. The brand I prefer for my tea is Purisure.
Gut-Healthy Electrolytes & Sweet Potatoes
My electrolyte of choice is 40,000 Volts from Trace Concentrace. I use their trace mineral supplement too. I add both their electrolyte and trace mineral supplements to my protein drinks daily. Since soil is increasingly depleted, I recommend supplementing with trace minerals.
If you look in my refrigerator, you will also see some cold sweet potatoes—which I bake, cool, and reheat. Did you know that cooling sweet potatoes cuts the sugar content by half and makes sweet potatoes the perfect prebiotic? Sweet potatoes are a family favorite.
I could not live—or digest my food—without Enzyme Energy. I created Enzyme Energy because the HCL supplements available to me had either too much or too little HCL. This one is perfect—I keep a bottle in my car and purse for easy access. No more bloat, energy crashes after meals or brain fog.
Shop Farmer’s Markets for Gut-Healthy Foods
My family also enjoys fresh food from the local farmer’s market. I recommend you visit your community’s farmer’s markets when possible—the experience is always uplifting. Local farmer’s markets often offer gut-healthy fruits and vegetables! I hope you enjoyed peeking into my refrigerator and learning about my gut-healthy food choices. What are your favorite gut-healthy foods? Write them in your recipe book.
To your health,
Author & Digestive Health Consultant,
Santa Barbara, California