Ask Alina: What Non-Dairy Foods Have Probiotics?

Q: I know probiotics are good for you, but I really don’t like the taste of yogurt. What other foods contain probiotics that you recommend to clients? – Tim C.

A: Great question! First of all, keep in mind that yogurt can come from sources other than cow’s milk. So if you’re not a fan of dairy-based yogurt, try sheep yogurt, goat yogurt, or even plant-based varieties like coconut yogurt, or almond and cashew yogurt (yep, it’s a thing!) If you’re in Canada, the brand Yoso has some great options.

P.S. Also try kefir, a fizzy, fermented dairy-based drink. If you don’t like yogurt, you may not like the taste of kefir either, but hey it’s worth a shot!

Otherwise, here’s what I recommend to clients in order of “am I actually going to eat that?”:

  • Pickles: cheap, accessible and simple to add to any meal, or even have as a snack with dip
  • Kombucha: a delicious fermented tea, this is readily available at most health food stores and comes in tons of different flavours. You don’t need to have the whole bottle at once (that might actually make you a little gassy), have a quarter or half to start with per day!
  • Sauerkraut or kimchi: use this as a pickle alongside a meal or to top a salad, it adds a lot of flavour! You can make this yourself at home, but it’s also available at health food stores as well.
  • Tempeh: this is made from whole, cooked soybeans that are then fermented – the result is a delicious meat alternative that’s nutty and dense. I absolutely love using tempeh, and highly recommend it if you haven’t tried it yet. Plus, it’s tastier and healthier than tofu, which is far more processed and made from condensed soy milk.
  • Miso paste: so, you’re probably familiar with miso soup. This is what goes into miso soup. But it can also be used for a variety of other recipes like marinades, sauces and salad dressings. If you’re a bit more experimental in the kitchen, buy some miso paste and try using it some recipes online.

So, there you have it! I hope you find that one of these options delicious. My personal favourites from this list are kimchi and tempeh, since they’re so flavourful and easy to incorporate into weekly meal prep.

About Alina

I'm a Holistic Nutritionist based in Toronto, Canada and my official title is Certified Nutritional Practitioner (CNP). I received my diploma in Applied Holistic Nutrition from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition. I'm a coach and an educator. Follow Alina on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram for all of the latest updates.
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