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Happy almost weekend, friends! If you guys follow me on Instagram, you might have seen that last week, I hosted an awesome takeover over on Harmless Harvest's account.
Yes, as in that awesome coconut water you've likely seen everywhere–the one that's organic and often an adorable shade of pink. That one.
Harmless Harvest is far and away my favorite brand of coconut water, and even before I teamed up with them this year (note: I only join forces with brands I'm already using and loving in my everyday life, so all partnerships are truly authentic), I exclusively bought their bottles for all of my coconut water needs.
Stay tuned for a fascinating post next month all about coconut water (hint: not all coconut water is created equal and when you find out what's lurking inside most bottles and what kind of processing most brands use, you'll understand why I'm loyal to Harmless Harvest).
But that's not what we're here to talk about today. Nope, today is all about probiotics. You've heard me talk many times before about the never-ending benefits of probiotics, as gut health is truly the key to overall wellbeing. And today we're digging into vegan probiotic yogurt!
What are natural sources of probiotics?
Not only do I take a probiotic supplement every single day in pill form, but I also try to get tons of probiotics into my diet from food sources.
Usually that means that I take a shot of apple cider vinegar with the mother every morning, I put sauerkraut on the big veggie bowls and salads I eat for lunch, I drink a bottle of kombucha every day, and I incorporate foods like yogurt, kefir, miso, pickles and brined olives, and certain raw, organic cheese into my regular rotation. I also incorporate probiotics into my skincare routine.
Of course, as part of my anti-inflammatory diet, I also try to minimize my intake of dairy (I'm not 100% dairy-free, but I do try to limit my servings to just a couple times per week), so finding non-dairy yogurt and kefir sources is paramount to my hormonal and digestive health.
So when I learned about Harmless Harvest's new vegan cultured coconut probiotic drink, I was psyched! Made with their signature organic, sustainably-sourced young Thai coconut water and coconut meat, these vegan yogurt-like drinks have added live probiotic cultures to support digestive and immune health.
Health Benefits of Vegan Probiotic Yogurt
Vegans often have a hard time finding plant-based probiotic sources–although I think this is one of those myths because other than yogurt or kefir, most probiotic sources from food are vegetarian.
But if you're vegan (or like me and try to avoid dairy), cultured coconut, like coconut yogurt or coconut kefir, is a great source of plant-based probiotics. And Harmless Harvest's new Probiotic Cultured Coconut Beverage–essentially a non-dairy coconut yogurt that's slightly thinner and thus drinkable–is full of vegan probiotics, not to mention tons of other health benefits.
Not only will you reap the benefits of coconut water (chockfull of essential electrolytes, including potassium, magnesium, and calcium, coconut water is the best natural hydration source, putting Gatorade to shame!) when you drink Harmless Harvest's new vegan coconut drinks, but you'll also find of host of other nutrition perks from these plant-based probiotics. Take a look:
- Over 5g of MCTs: Thanks to the coconut meat, these cultured coconut drinks are chockfull of coconut fat (aka MCTs), which is a fantastic source of energy. In fact, MCTs (an easily digestible medium-chain fatty acid) have numerous health benefits, from heart health and obesity prevention to improved brain function and a boosted metabolism. Yes, that's right–eating coconut fat can make you thinner! Even though coconut fat is a form of saturated fat, we now know that not only is fat NOT the enemy (the idea that a low-fat diet is “healthy” is one of the biggest nutrition lies ever), but also that consuming healthy fats, like coconut oil and MCTs, is anti-inflammatory, hormone-balancing and amazing for gut health. (source)
- 12.5 Billion CFUs: Speaking of gut health, consuming probiotics regularly is one of the best things you can do for your digestive system, and thus your overall wellbeing. Your gut is truly connected to every function in your body, from your skin to your hormones, your immune system to your mind (yes, the brain-gut connection is SO real!). If you're looking for plant-based probiotics, Harmless Harvest's cultured coconut probiotic drinks use only vegan yogurt cultures, including Ganaden BC30, a well researched strain that has been clinically shown to provide probiotic benefits and is stable throughout the shelf life of the product.
- Good source of fiber: And what would a healthy drink be without some fiber? Thanks to the coconut meat and organic fruit found in these drinks, you can expect to get 5-6 grams of fiber per serving. So even more gut-loving goodness in every bottle–plus fiber is helpful for managing blood sugar, lowering your risk of heart disease and enhancing weightloss. (source)
Harmless Harvest's Vegan Probiotic Coconut Yogurt
All of that goodness, and none of the bad stuff! No thickeners, no stabilizers, no artificial flavors.
In fact, there's just four ingredients in the Original flavor: organic coconut water, organic coconut meat, sugar (to help with fermentation) and probiotics.
And the flavored options simply add real food, like organic strawberries, blueberries, acai, or mangos, rather than relying on some unspecified, lab-produced concoction known as “natural flavors” (perhaps the biggest scam in food today, right behind low-fat being healthy).
Plus, you can feel good about drinking these probiotic drinks as you'll be supporting a zero-waste ingredient model. After coconuts are cracked and their water used to bottle coconut water, the coconut meat is leftover. Now, Harmless Harvest is putting that meat to work in their vegan probiotic drinks, ensuring not only plant-based nourishment, but also a sustainable business model with minimal waste. It's like whole animal butchery, but for coconuts!
Even the coconuts themselves are sourced sustainably. The world’s first Fair For Life certified organic coconut water producer, the coconuts used by Harmless Harvest are harvested by hand in small organic agroforestry farms in Thailand where workers are paid fair wages. YES!
While you can totally drink Harmless Harvest Probiotic Drinks straight from the bottle, they're also an awesome addition to smoothies or smoothie bowls, great served up with some granola or gluten-free cereal, or used as a liquid base for chia pudding and oatmeal.
Where to Buy Harmless Harvest
You can get Harmless Harvest delivered from companies like Instacart and Amazon Fresh, or find their products at a store near you. They're sold everywhere from Walmart to Whole Foods, Kroger, Publix and plenty of local markets and natural food stores. Click here to find a store near you.
Photo Credit: Heidi Geldhauser
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