Gut Friendly Cranberry Yogurt Parfait
Need a gut friendly high protein💪 snack with antioxidants ✨as well as prebiotics & probiotics? I got you🙃
Store bought yogurts often times have a tremendous amount of added sugars, which when eaten excessively, can lead to a disruption in gut microbiome balance. Making chia jam is a great way to control how much added sugar you are consuming while still satisfying your sweet cravings.
This parfait is made with my favorite chia jam using tart & festive cranberries!👏
Cranberries are rich in the antioxidants anthocyanins and flavanols, which contribute to their anti-inflammatory properties (& gorge color)😍
Cranberries are also unique in that they contain A-type proanthocyanidins, which have been linked to decreasing bad bacteria and promoting urinary and gut health. 🙌
To give this jam a gel like texture, chia seeds were used as a thickener. Chia 🌱seeds contain prebiotics, which help feed the beneficial flora in the gut microbiome and help them thrive!
The yogurt 🥣used in the recipe contains live active cultures, which is another way of describing probiotics! Probiotics have been widely studied for their benefits on gut & immune health (+ more)!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 cup cranberries
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1/2 cup water
- 1-2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 cup yogurt with live active cultures (I used organic plain greek)
- Unsweetened coconut flakes to garnish
- Heat all ingredients for jam in a saucepan until cranberries burst and the mixture has a jam like consistency (5-6 minutes). Transfer to a glass jar and refrigerate until cool. Layer jam with yogurt and top with coconut flakes. Enjoy!