Top Probiotic Foods for Athletes

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Kimchi

Kimchi is pickled cabbage with a strong vinegar and red pepper taste. I’m still waiting for Gu to make a kimchi flavor. Ok, maybe I don't love kimchi that much, but this traditional Korean dish is one of my favorite things to make. Aside from probiotics, kimchi also also contains a healthy dose of calcium, iron, beta-carotene, and B-vitamins. Try putting it on brown rice or glass noodles, or like me, just eating it with a pair of chopsticks from the mason jar.

Sauerkraut

Although, I wouldn't endorse getting your probiotics from sauerkraut while accompanied by corned beef and thousand island dressing I have found several new brands, like Farmhouse Culture, that make it a tasty snack. Making your own sauerkraut is easy too. Try adding it to a tempeh reuben or lentil soup, and it pairs well with roast pork too.

Miso

A traditional Japanese seasoning made from fermented soybeans, you have most likely had miso in soups. It is high in protein and rich with vitamins and minerals, but it also comes with a healthy dose of the probiotic, Lactobacillus.

Kombucha

Kombucha is a fermented tea. You have likely seen more and more brands of the drink popping up in your local markets due to its increasing popularity not only because of the refreshing taste, but its health benefits as well. The fermentation process creates the probiotics found in the tea, helping to maintain ideal gut health.

Yogurt

Do I really have to mention yogurt?

Although, eating foods that contain probiotics is helpful it isn't enough for athletes because the effects of probiotics are strain specific. Certain probiotics have been found to be beneficial in the athletic population, so consuming those specific strains will be your best bet for staying healthy and keeping you training hard.