One of my favorite ways to follow this philosophy is by adding in more nutrients to meals whenever possible, instead of restricting or banishing certain foods.
While there is a time and a place for eliminating certain foods (if you’re experiencing gut issues, have an allergy, are pregnant or nursing, etc.) most of my clients find when they remove food groups just for the sake of “eating clean” or “losing weight” it almost always backfires. Refuse yourself the ice cream, and you almost always end up craving it more then you did to begin with!
Luckily, it doesn’t have to be this way. And while I DO encourage you to try to steer clear of certain food groups if you know you don’t do well on them (i.e. me with gluten) I also really encourage you to focus on adding in more nutrients in general, rather than taking things away.
Enter in this Gut-Friendly Paleo Peach Cobbler. While it tastes and looks just like the real deal, by making a few simple upgrades I was able to truly enjoy eating this, as well as truly enjoy how I felt after.
To help you get a better idea how to apply this to your cooking, here are the specific nutrients and gut-friendly add-in’s I made —
Prebiotic fiber is a type of fiber that feeds the beneficial bacteria in your gut. This bacteria uses the fiber to reproduce, and enhances your microbiome’s ability to make more nutrients, optimize digestion and relieve constipation, metabolize fats, regulate blood sugar, manage inflammation and decrease risk factors like obesity, type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome. I like using this powder-form supplement as it’s odorless and tasteless, therefore super easy to add into recipes.
Not only are walnuts one of the most nutrient-dense nuts around, but a recent study found they’re also extremely beneficial for our digestion. This is accredited to their beneficial combination of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids, abundance of disease-fighting phytochemicals, and high fiber content, which has been shown to improve symptoms in people with inflammatory bowel disease.
Adding in nutrients doesn’t have to be hard or taste weird. On the contrary they can actually elevate the flavors and make for an even more delicious dish.
I also kept this gut-friendly paleo peach cobbler as nutrient-dense and anti-inflammatory as possible by swapping traditional sugar for maple syrup, butter for coconut oil, white flour for almond flour and made sure to use organic, local peaches to avoid any harmful pesticides.
All in all it took me 10 minutes of actual work, with 40 minutes in the oven, making for an easy, delicious, nutrient-dense seasonal summer treat.
Hope you enjoy! If you found these tips helpful drop me a comment below and be sure to pass along to anyone you want to eat this with 🙂