A healthy gut is a key to a healthy and happy lifestyle; it also supports a healthy brain.
To keep your health intact, here are 4 easy-to-make snacks that will help heal your gut and stay healthy.
Gel Packs – Inspired by the energy packets used by runners, these gel packs come packed with Chia Seeds, a gut-friendly ingredient. When soaked in liquid, the seeds develop a gel-like texture. These Chia seed gel packs will ensure that your gut is happy and help remove excess waste from your intestines. You can even make a large batch to store in the fridge, so you can quickly grab one on your way out the door.
How to make Chia Seeds Gel Packs: Soak 8 pitted dates in a pot of boiling water for approximately 10 minutes. Drain them and combine them with 2 tablespoons of Chia Seeds, 4 tablespoons of maple or coconut syrup, 2 tablespoons of raw cocoa powder, a large pinch of cinnamon, and a dash salt. Add all ingredients plus 6 tablespoons of water to a blender and blend until the mixture forms a smooth paste. Divide the paste into 7 or 8 ziplock bags (size of your choice) and store them in the fridge.
Energy Balls – These energy balls are borrowed from energy bars. The only difference is that these are completely packed with one of the best gut soothers: ginger. These ginger energy balls are easy to make and taste like gingerbread cookies. How to make Energy Balls Packed with Ginger: Grab a cup full of any nuts; use a mixture if you like. Add in 8 pitted dates, 1 teaspoon of powdered ginger, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder, ½ teaspoon of powdered nutmeg, and ¼ tablespoon of allspice. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until the mixture forms a sticky dough. Roll the dough into small balls. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
Celery Sticks – This is one of the easiest gut friendly recipes, just celery sticks and almond butter or any nut butter of your choice. Celery provides your gut with the good bacteria it needs to thrive. How to make celery and almond butter snack: Simply spread the nut butter on washed and cut celery sticks. If you’d like to add more flavor, top them off with some mixed nuts (chopped), flaky sea salt, and a pinch of cinnamon. Celery sticks can be stored in ziplock bags in the refrigerator and grab them on your way out the door as a munching snack.
Toasted Pumpkin Seeds – Pumpkin seeds are a natural source of magnesium, which is a well-known stress reliever. You would be surprised at the impact a nervous mind has on your gut. How to make toasted pumpkin seeds: You can eat pumpkin seeds just as they are, but take them to the next level with some maple syrup, cayenne pepper, and sea salt. Toss all ingredients together and spread them evenly on a baking sheet. Pop them in the oven at 180 degrees until the seeds are golden brown.
Yours in Health,