Healthy Eating

The 5 Best Anti-inflammatory Snacks Your Gut Will Thank You For

Start here to show your gut health some love.

By: Rebecca Jacobs

Gut health is everything — seriously, it plays a role in our mood, immunity, digestion, and even the foods we crave. And, while there are tons of things that play into the health of our digestive system, the food we eat is something we have complete control over. But, there’s no need to get totally overwhelmed and stressed about all the foods you think you should or shouldn’t be eating. Starting with one area of your diet and doing some healthy tweaking is a great place to begin. We’re here to give you some inspo with the five gut-boosting snacks you’ll actually be excited about adding to your diet.  

Get these foods down on this week’s grocery list — not only are they totally delicious, but they’ll help fuel your body with the nutrients it needs to power through your busy day. 

When Mid-Day Hunger Strikes, Try These 5 Anti-inflammatory Gut-Boosting Snacks 

#1 Collagen Gummies

Collagen has been one of the hottest wellness trends over the last few years, and it doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere anytime soon. While we often hear about collagen as it relates to skin health, some wellness experts suggest that collagen may be able to help support gut health — this is super important for immune health too since nearly 70% of our immune system resides in the gut (crazy, huh?) 

The problem is that while the body does produce collagen, we start to make less of it as we age. But, good news, getting some into your diet has never been easier. These collagen gummies are a tasty treat (without all the refined sugar) that you can actually feel good about enjoying. 

Strawberry Collagen Gummies

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup unsweetened oat, macadamia, almond, or coconut milk 
  • 1 tbsp raw honey 
  • 2 scoop collagen peptides 
  • 2 tbsp gelatin (preferable grass-fed) 

Start by adding the strawberries and milk of choice to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. 

Add the strawberry puree and the remaining ingredients to a stock-pot over low/medium heat and whisk well. Heat until the mixture is clump-free. 

Remove from heat and carefully pour into mini silicone molds (there are so many shape options available like hearts, stars, or seasonal-inspired molds you can find online). 

Place in the fridge to set for about an hour before removing the gummies from the molds. 

Store in a sealed glass container in the fridge. 

#2 Sauerkraut 

We can’t talk about gut-boosting snacks without sharing the deets on gut health and sauerkraut. It’s rich in probiotics, which has long been known to help support digestive health. 

But, not all sauerkraut is created equal — you want high-quality sauerkraut, such as Wildbrine or Bubbies

You can eat it plain (if you’re a big kraut fan) or enjoy some over half of an avocado for a nutritious snack.   

#3 Mango 

Need another excuse to indulge in one of nature’s most delicious healthy sweets? We got you covered — mangos actually come with some pretty legit benefits related to gut health. 

This sweet fruit is rich in digestive enzymes and fiber. Plus, it practically tastes like dessert (without the guilt), so it’s super easy to find ways to enjoy it. 

So if you’re looking for one of the most delicious gut-boosting snacks, consider some of these tasty ways to get mango into your diet:

  • Enjoy mango with a piece of 70% or darker unsweetened dark chocolate (yum!) 
  • Blend frozen mango into a smoothie with a scoop of JS Health X FitOn Protein Powder for an added probiotic and protein boost. 
  • Add sliced or cubed mango to a salad. 

#4 Gut-Friendly Chocolate? Say No More!

Ok, so we’re not talking about the chocolate bars you find at the checkout line at the grocery store here, but the real stuff (like the 70% or darker, unsweetened varieties) may come with some impressive benefits. 

Amazingly enough, some research has suggested that when you eat dark chocolate, it ferments and may promote the growth of good microbes in the gut, while also producing anti-inflammatory compounds. 

Here are some tasty ways to enjoy chocolate as one of those healthy snacks you can get excited about: 

  • Use raw unsweetened cacao powder in smoothies. 
  • Enjoy a piece of raw unsweetened dark chocolate with a piece of fruit. 
  • Sprinkle raw cacao nibs over a sliced banana with almond butter. 

Need some more recipe inspo on how to add some chocolate into your diet the healthy way? Try blending up this decadent chocolate smoothie bowl.

Antioxidant-Rich Chocolate Smoothie Bowl 

Serves: 1

Ingredients:

  • 1 frozen banana 
  • 1 tbsp raw unsweetened cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • ¼ cup unsweetened coconut milk 
  • 1 tbsp raw honey 
  • For topping: shredded coconut, blueberries, chia seeds

Add all ingredients minus the toppings to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth (add a splash more milk if needed). 

Pour into a serving bowl and top with desired toppings. 

Enjoy! 

#5 A Cookies & Cream Kefir Shake 

If you’re a big fan of yogurt, here’s another one of those gut-boosting snacks you may want to consider. 

Kefir is a fermented beverage (doesn’t sound very appetizing but keep reading for a delicious recipe below) that actually happens to be loaded with probiotics. 

It makes a great yogurt swap when you are looking to switch things up a bit. Plus, you can jazz it up by adding kefir to smoothies. 

Here’s a yummy recipe to get you started: 

Cookies & Cream Kefir Shake 

Serves: 1

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup plain kefir 
  • ½ cup oat milk 
  • 1 frozen banana 
  • 1 tbsp raw unsweetened cacao nibs 
  • 1 scoop JS Health X FitOn Protein Powder Cookies & Cream flavor
  • 1 tbsp raw honey 

Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. 

Enjoy! 

Enjoy Snacks Your Taste Buds & Gut Will Love

Gut-boosting snacks can be delicious, and these five anti-inflammatory snacks also prove that healthy eating can taste pretty darn good. 

If you’re looking to take your snack game to the next level, consider trying these snacks — they may be exactly what you need to feel nourished between meals, while also showing your gut health some love.