Healthy Eating

The Healthiest 28 Store-Bought Foods to Support Your Microbiome

Beyond just yogurt! Prebiotics, probiotics, fiber-rich options, and more.

By: Lexy Parsons

Backed by extensive research, the benefits of maintaining a healthy microbiome extend far beyond digestion. From immune function to weight management to mental health, our gut plays a crucial role in nearly all aspects of our overall well-being. As more and more research comes to light, the more we understand about the importance of prioritizing a healthy diet. Of course, our diet is not the only contributing factor to a healthy gut. However, it is one of the biggest influences! In fact, the foods we consume can either nourish our gut, or disrupt the delicate balance of our microbiome. Fortunately, as gut health becomes a focal point of overall health, shopping for quick and easy gut-healthy options at the store has never been easier. From probiotic-rich yogurts to fiber-packed grab-and-go granolas, here are the healthiest store-bought microbiome-supporting foods to add to your shopping list.

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Prebiotic-Rich Foods

Majestic Foods Creamy Garlic Spread

This raw vegan creamy dip is one of the best gut-healthy snacks thanks to garlic, which is a potent prebiotic. Shown to stimulate the growth of beneficial gut bacteria, support weight loss, and improve overall health, this garlic dip is just as nutritious as it is delicious. Enjoy as a dip for veggies or crackers, use it as a spread for sandwiches, or add to recipes in place of mayo or cream!

Solely Organic Green Banana Fusilli

Pasta lovers, you’ll be excited to know there’s a gut-healthy pasta alternative that tastes just like the real deal. Made with just one ingredient (green bananas) this fiber-filled resistant starch dish will satisfy all your health needs and comfort food cravings alike!

Mush Overnight Oats

These ready-to-eat overnight oats are perfect for a gut-healthy breakfast, snack, or even dessert. The rolled oat base is a rich source of beta-glucan, which is a type of fiber linked to blood sugar regulation, improved gut bacteria, and immune health. Made with real simple ingredients like oats, fruit, and nuts, and available in 11 delicious flavors (think: Coffee, Strawberry, PB&J, Maple Cinnamon, and more). 

Purely Elizabeth Oat Cups

Full of prebiotic fiber, these meal prep-friendly oat cups are the perfect store-bought choice to support your microbiome. With ingredients like flax seeds, chia seeds, chicory root powder, and freeze-dried berries, it’s easy to support your gut while enjoying a tasty and nourishing snack or meal. Simply stir in hot water, microwave, or fill with your favorite dairy-free base and soak overnight for an overnight oats option.

CORE Oat & Probiotic Bars

These refrigerated oat bars (available in Dark Chocolate Cherry, Peanut Butter Chocolate, and Blueberry Banana Almond) are not only made with whole food ingredients, but they also provide both prebiotics and probiotics. Naturally sweetened with dates, free from additives or sneaky ingredients, and made with 6 grams of fiber and gut-healthy Bacillus coagulans probiotic strains.

Probiotic-Rich Foods

Nancy’s Cultured Cottage Cheese

Cottage cheese has garnered attention for being a protein-packed food, but did you know that it’s also packed with probiotics? This brand is packed with billions of probiotic strains per serving, which gives it its tangy flavor. Add it to breakfast bowls, scrambled eggs, baked goods, or enjoy plain!

Coconut Cult Coconut Yogurt

If you want a good-for-your-gut store-bought food, Coconut Cult yogurt is the answer. It contains 50 billion CFU per ounce, contains 16 different probiotic strains, and tastes like a creamy dessert. Available in stores in Original, Chocolate, and Strawberry flavors.

Good Culture Cottage Cheese, Low-Fat Classic

Looking for a single-serve cottage cheese cup? This creamy five-ingredient blend is for you. Lactobacillus and Lactococcus probiotic cultures, as well as 18 grams of protein per serving, you can’t go wrong.

Redwood Hill Goat Milk Yogurt, Vanilla

If you love yogurt but struggle to tolerate cow’s milk, consider this goat milk yogurt. It’s made with billions of probiotics and is easier to digest. Free from fillers and sneaky ingredients, with 5 grams of protein per serving.

That’s It  Blueberry + Probiotic Bars

Blueberries, dates, and two billion probiotics are the only ingredients in these gut-healthy fruit bars! Just 100 calories per bar, full of 5 grams of fiber, and no refrigeration needed!

Cedar’s Foods Labne

This fermented yogurt is a Mediterranean diet staple that’s creamy, tangy, and deliciously gut-friendly. Made with S. Thermophilus, L. Bulgaricus, L. Acidophilus, Bifidus, and L. Caseii probiotic cultures and whole food ingredients, it’s a store-bought option when you’re looking to support your gut microbiome. Enjoy with veggies, lean protein, toast, or alongside any meal!

Wildbrine Organic Kraut

Bubbling with fermented cultures, this raw sauerkraut is one of the healthiest store-bought foods to support your microbiome. Regular consumption of sauerkraut has been shown to promote digestion, support immune function, and enhance gut healing, showcasing the many reasons you should include this flavorful food on your plate! Enjoy in salads, sandwiches, and bowls, or as a topping for toast.

Sunja’s Spicy Kimchi

Similar to sauerkraut, as a fermented food, kimchi offers many probiotics that help to support a healthy gut microbiome. It’s been shown to increase microbe diversity, reduce inflammation, and protect against free radicals. This brand, in particular, is gluten-free, made without added sugar, and full of other anti-inflammatory and nutrient-rich ingredients like ginger, leeks, and garlic. Store in the fridge until ready to use to preserve those healthy gut microbes! 

Forager Project Probiotic Drinkable Cashew Milk Yogurt

This dairy-free drinkable yogurt is great for lactose-intolerant individuals who still want to obtain the gut-healthy benefits of yogurt. It’s thick, tangy, creamy, made with simple ingredients, and contains one billion probiotics per serving. Available in five delicious flavors, including Blueberry, Strawberry, Mango, and Vanilla Bean!

Harmless Harvest Dairy-Free Drinkable Yogurt

Bursting with 10 billion CFUs per every 8 oz serving, this creamy coconut drinkable yogurt tastes like a tangy treat, but it’s actually good for you! Made without added sugar, it’s perfect for smoothies, yogurt bowls, or plain as a drink!

Alexandre Farms A2 Whole Milk Grass-Fed Kefir

This organic and regenerative grass-fed kefir offers 24 potent strains and billions of live cultures per serving. Not only does the probiotic fermentation make it 99% lactose-free, but because it’s A2/A2 dairy, it’s easier to digest. While dairy doesn’t agree with everyone, there’s research to suggest regularly drinking kefir can offer many gut-healthy benefits, such as lowering cholesterol and inflammation.

Plant-Based & Fiber-Rich Snack Foods

Wonderful Pistachio Snack Pack

Rich in fiber, polyphenols, and healthy fats, regular consumption of pistachios has been shown to regulate the gut microbiota. Keep these snack packs on hand for busy days for a gut-healthy snacking choice!

Living Intentions Superfood Cereal

Not only is this cereal dessert-like tasting, but it’s one of the healthiest store-bought foods for your microbiome! Full of superfoods, made with sprouted grains to support digestion and enhance bioavailability, and containing prebiotic fiber (such as green banana flour and Jerusalem artichoke) to support gut health. Available in multiple flavors like Cacao Crunch and Banana Hemp. The best part? Living Intentions offers multiple products, such as superfood popcorn, sprouted nuts, and trail mix. 

Finn Crisp Sourdough Rye

Baked with sourdough and whole-grain rye, this high-fiber whole-grain snacking cracker could help support gut health. Enjoy with your favorite dips or spreads, use it as toast for avocado or cottage cheese, or serve it alongside a protein-rich meal like tuna or salmon salad. 

Brami Lupini Snack

These protein-packed snacking beans are bursting with fiber, flavor, and nutrients! With 12 grams of protein, 9 grams of fiber, and just 100 calories per serving, this store-bought snack food is a no-brainer. Choose from flavors like Garlic & Rosemary, Hot Chili Pepper, Chili & Lime, and Sea Salt & Vinegar.

Farmhouse Culture Veggie Chips

Sauerkraut chips? You heard right. These innovative packaged chips not only offer a flavorful blend of fermented cultures in chip form, but they’re also free from additives and made with whole food ingredients. Just one serving contains one million probiotic cultures!

Mary’s Gone Crackers Super Seed Crackers

High in fiber and available in a variety of flavors (including Everything, Rosemary, Seaweed & Black Sesame, and Jalapeno) for all your snacking needs. They’re organic, grain-free, vegan-friendly, and made with gut-healthy ingredients like pumpkin seeds, garlic, sunflower seeds, and more.

Rhythm Superfoods Crunchy Broccoli Bites

Thanks to Rhythm Superfoods, you can enjoy your veggies in a nutrient-dense chip form! From broccoli bites to kale chips, there are so many gut-healthy choices that make it enjoyable to enjoy your greens and eat your veggies (all while helping to support gut microbiome diversity). Dehydrated to retain all their nutrients and free from additives, these packaged snacks are a great choice.

Gut-Healthy Drinks & Beverages

OLIPOP Watermelon Lime Prebiotic Soda

Struggling to kick your soda habit, these prebiotic-rich bubbly beverages may be just what you’re looking for. All flavors are made with “OLISMART”  a unique blend that contains prebiotic fibers, botanicals, and natural plant fiber. While this Watermelon Lime flavor is a fan-favorite, there are 15 drool-worthy flavors to choose from!

Farmhouse Culture Gut Shot

Made with probiotics from organic fermented veggies, these gut-healthy shots may prove beneficial in supporting your gut health and overall health. Available in Ginger Beet, Garlic Dill, Apple Cinnamon, and Turmeric Ginger.

Bare Bones Bone Broth Instant Powdered Mix

The gut-healthy goodness of bone broth, in a convenient powdered form! Simply mix with warm water and enjoy this nourishing beverage on the go.

Culture Pop Probiotic Soda

Another refreshing, boosted bubbly beverage that’s bursting with flavor and full of probiotics. Enjoy it as a better-for-you alternative to soda, when you’re craving something slightly sweet, without the sugar overload! Available in a variety of additional flavors such as Watermelon, Black Cherry, Wild Berry, and more.

Noka Superfood Smoothie Pouches

These convenient and nutrient-packed smoothie pouches make it easy to support your microbiome while on the go. Made with real fruit, free from added sugar, and full of superfoods, prebiotics, and plant protein.

Shopping For Gut Health Just Got Easier

With so many nutritious and delicious store-bought foods for your microbiome, eating for gut health has never been easier. From probiotic-rich options like single-serve yogurts and cottage cheese cups to prebiotic-rich foods like overnight oats, there are so many ways to satisfy your cravings while supporting your well-being. With so many brands, varieties, and flavors to choose from, you can stock your kitchen while supporting a healthier you. Let this list inspire you to try new items as you continue to prioritize gut health!