One of my favourite breakfast foods this time of the year is stewed apples, especially after I learned that they are one of the best foods that nourish our gut microbiota.
Professor Michael Ash has used this formula with his clients for the past 20 years and has found this recipe helps reduce mucosal inflammation in the gut as well as increasing immune function tolerance.
Consider this a form of functional food therapy!
6 Bramley cooking apples or apples of choice, organically grown, peeled and cored
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup raisins/sultanas for sweetness and fibre
2 tsp organic cinnamon
Place all ingredients into a covered, heavy bottomed pan and cook for 15 mins, stirring regularly. Cook until soft and mushy.
The colour should be a russet brown with the cinnamon. Once cooled, store in fridge in a sealed container. One serve = 1 cup.
Add the following to 1 serve of mix
The following probiotics can be purchased at our clinic or any good health food store for added gut bacteria support.
1 capsule of Saccharomyces Boulardii probiotic 250mg (sprinkle on top)
1 cap of Bifidobacteria probiotic sprinkled on top or swallowed separately
1 Lactobacillus LGG probiotic sprinkeld on top or swallowed separately
1/2 cup of natural organic yoghurt or suitable alternative
1-2 tbsp of ground nuts or LSA mix
1 tsp of manuka honey (optional) for winter immune health
Caution! This mix may be an issue for those with FODMAP foods so go slow or use half a cup of apple mix.