Parsley and kefir dressing was another dressing that I made for Juno’s birthday salad bar.
This particular recipe connects us with a topic that I’ve always been very passionate about: our gut’s health. When I refer to our gut’s health, I’m talking about our intestines, digestion, the bacteria living in them, and the impact of all of these on our well being.
It is hard to decide where to start with this topic. There is a great deal of valuable information that connects the importance of taking care of our gut health with wellness or disease. Understanding the concept of gut flora is a good place to start.
Our intestines are the home to a bunch of bacteria. These are the microorganisms that are responsible for digesting and absorbing certain starches, fibers, and sugars. They also produce vitamins, help absorb minerals, and aid your body with removing toxins. These bacteria train our immune system to identify and respond to pathogens in our body, thus preventing allergies. They help maintain a healthy balance with the bad bacteria that inhabit our gut.
Now that summary is just a brief list of what this microorganisms do. There is so much more to our gut flora. Trust me, you would never imagine how important of a role it holds.
Now that we know a little about these bacteria, what can we do to keep them strong and healthy?
The first, and probably most important thing, would be to provide them the right foods. Studies have shown that our diet significantly impacts the lives of these little “bugs”. Fermented foods top the list of best things you can eat to support the gut’s flora health. The kefir dressing I prepared for Juno’s birthday got me thinking about good bacteria.
Kefir is a fermented beverage made with “kefir grains” (not grains as in rice or barley). The kefir grains are a combination of beneficial yeast and good bacteria (lactobacillus acidophilus, bifidobacterium bifidum and lactic acid bacteria). This combination works as a powerful probiotic in our bodies. In our recipe I use cow’s milk kefir. It is preferable to only consume dairy that is fermented or cultured, as is the case for kefir.
Kefir is readily available at grocery stores or you can also make your own using coconut milk, coconut water or other liquids. For this particular recipe, I personally like best the flavor and creaminess of the cow’s milk kefir.
This dressing also ties nicely with our theme of healing the gut because it is meant to be eaten with salad. Fiber has been found to be one of the most important foods that you need to feed your gut bacteria and keep it healthy. Check out this great article for more info on that topic.
So here, enjoy a delicious recipe and nourish that army of good “bugs” that play such an important role in our bodies.
- ½ cup cow’s milk kefir
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1 packed cup chopped parsley
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon raw honey
- Place everything in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
- Add more parsley for a stronger flavor. I personally love it.
- Pour your dressing on top of a fresh vegetable salad like the one pictured. You could also add some cooked brown rice, quinoa or corn. But always make sure to privilege the green stuff :)