Has the topic of prebiotics hit your nutrition radar yet? In combination with probiotics, prebiotics pack a powerful punch when it comes to gut health. This combo can have a beneficial impact on your immune system, digestion, weight, mood, sleep, cardiovascular health, and the list goes on.

So, what are prebiotics?

Prebiotics are indigestible fibers from plants. Prebiotics act as food for probiotics, the healthy bacteria living in your gut. So if you want to keep your gut bacteria happy and healthy, you will want to eat lots of prebiotic foods!   Foods rich in prebiotic fiber include raw Jerusalem artichokes, raw or cooked onions, raw asparagus, raw dandelion greens, chicory root, raw honey, and under-ripe bananas.

There are many nutrient-packed foods with prebiotic fiber. But, let's be honest, not all prebiotic foods are super easy to prepare or eat, especially when you're on the run. And, it might not sound too tasty to start your day with artichokes. So when you want a prebiotic boost in the morning or as you're running out the door, whip up a prebiotic packed smoothie.

Here are four smoothie ideas that will help you get the prebiotics and other important nutrients you need to fuel your day. Drink up!

4 Delicious Smoothies With a Prebiotic Boost

Purple Greens

This smoothie is as tasty as it is pretty. And don't worry about the seeds in the grapes; they're great for you!

Ingredients

1 cup water

1 cup fresh strawberries (frozen)

1 cup purple grapes (frozen)

1/2 Meyer lemon, peel included

1 bok choy

1/2 head of red leaf lettuce

1 tablespoon raw honey

Directions

Blend in high-speed blender for 60 seconds. Serve immediately.

 

Julius Kefir Smoothie

This is a great basic smoothie to build on by adding frozen fruit, superfoods, chia seeds or greens. It also includes Kefir, a great source of probiotics.

Ingredients

1 cup orange juice

1 cup Kefir, vanilla flavor

1/2 frozen banana

Directions

Blend together on high for 60 seconds. If you like your smoothie thicker and creamier, you can use a whole banana.

 

Banana Mint Chip Smoothie

If you don't have a big bag of frozen bananas sitting in your freezer by now, then you are not a true smoothie connoisseur! Keep a bag of ripened, peeled and frozen bananas in the freezer for a delicious base to almost any smoothie. Bananas add just the right sweetness and creamy texture to make your smoothie decadent.

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups almond milk

12 mint leaves

1 frozen banana

1 tablespoon raw cacao nibs

1/2 Mint Chocolate Chip Truth Bar or low sugar, high fiber nutrition bar chopped up (optional)

Directions

Blend all ingredients on high for 30-60 seconds and serve immediately.

 

Extra Virgin Bloody Mary

OK, this is not actually a smoothie, but it's awesome in the morning. This is a rich and delicious vegetable drink with a kick of cayenne. It's great iced or heated as a soup.

Ingredients

2 large tomatoes

1/2 cucumber

1 stalk of celery

1/2 cup spinach

1/4 cup parsley

2 tablespoons yellow onion, diced

1 cup water

2 tablespoons lemon juice (freshly squeezed juice of about one lemon)

1/2 teaspoon of sea salt, or salt to taste

Pinch of cayenne pepper

Directions

Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. If you like a smoother drink without the pulp, strain through a nut milk bag or fine mesh strainer.

 

Enjoy!

 





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Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about PREBIOTICS and PROBIOTICS:

What is a Prebiotic?

Prebiotics come from plants, usually root plants that contain a lot of fiber and feed the good bacteria in your gut.

Why is it important to have both prebiotics and probiotics?

Probiotics alone cannot grow without a healthy gut to support them. When combining a nurturing base of prebiotics in the belly, with a good dose of probiotics, a garden of flora blossoms and fills the gut with a balanced microbiome.

Can your body make its own Conjugated Lineolic Acid?

You certainly have the gut flora to make your very own CLA. It’s one of the many things your lactobacilli and bifidobacteria do for you.

It’s important to have healthy gut flora to be able to make CLA. People with gut dysbiosis have a significantly harder job of it – possibly one reason why obesity and gut dysfunction tend to go hand-in-hand. So if you’ve been eating well for a while and your gut is humming along nicely, you can probably count on a substantial CLA intake from gut flora. If you’re eating is not so “healthy” or you simply aren’t producing enough good bacteria, Truth Bar can help by giving probiotic support to build up your colonies of lactobacilli and bifidobacteria.

How much inulin is in each bar?

Chocolate Dipped Raspberry:
Chocolate Dipped Coconut: 3.2g
Mint Chocolate Chip: 3.3g
Chocolate Almond Crunch: 2.5g

How much MCT Oil is in each bar?

Chocolate Dipped Raspberry:
Chocolate Dipped Coconut: 4.5g MCT/bar
Mint Chocolate Chip: 0.5g MCT/bar
Chocolate Almond Crunch: 0.5g MCT/bar

These are approximate amounts based on estimate of 60% MCT present in coconut oil, and 65% oil in coconut.

What is the percentage of “prebiotic - probiotic"?

Using approximate inulin amounts:

Chocolate Dipped Raspberry:
Chocolate Dipped Coconut: 3.2g prebiotic to 500 Million CFU probiotics
Mint Chocolate Chip: 3.3g prebiotic to 1 Billion CFU probiotics
Chocolate Almond Crunch: 2.5g prebiotic to 500 Million CFU probiotics

What is the strain of probiotic in the lactoSpore?

Lactobacillus sporogenes (bacillus coagulans). It is a stable Lactic Acid forming probiotic that has exceptional and lengthy studies of gut healing effects ranging across gastro intestinal issues, bloating, diahhrea and irritable bowel syndrome.

 

Questions about SWEETENERS:

What is erythritol derived from?

Erythritol is derived from NON-GMO corn as a fermented sugar alcohol with GRAS status from the FDA.

What is the ratio of sweeteners? (Tapioca / Erythritol / Stevia)

Chocolate Dipped Raspberry:
Chocolate Dipped Coconut: 6.5g / 3.2g / 0.02g
Mint Chocolate Chip: 11.0g / 3.3g / 0.02g
Chocolate Almond Crunch: 11.0g / 2.5g / 0.02g

 

Questions about COMMON INGREDIENT CONCERNS:

Are Truth Bars Vegan?

We have created both Vegan and Non-Vegan bars. Two of our flavors are Vegan and two are Non-Vegan. Our Chocolate Dipped Coconut and Chocolate Dipped Raspberry bars are both 100% Vegan. They're both rich in fiber and essential medium chain fatty acids that are easily digested, which makes them incredibly useful for a quick burst of energy.

Our Chocolate Almond Crunch and Mint Chocolate Chip bars feature a Non-Vegan blend of brown rice protein and whey isolate that supplies essential Amino Acids for a "complete" or "whole" source of protein. Our balanced mix of fiber and protein results in two meal replacement bars that provide all the BCAAs needed for proper muscle development.

Are Truth Bars 100% gluten free?

Yes, all Truth Bars are 100% gluten free!

Is there soy in Truth Bars?

Soy based lecithin is commonly used as an emulsifier in dark chocolates. However, they are are serious consumer concerns over soy that we have taken very seriously. In order to protect and promote overall health the specially formulated dark chocolate coating on all Truth Bars is completely free of both soy and sugar.

Are the bars Peanut Free?

Yes, all Truth Bars are 100% peanut free. We use only high quality almond and sunflower butter.

 

Other Questions:

Where can I find a full list of ingredients?

You can find a the full list of ingredients on each bar’s product page. The ingredients can be found by clicking the second tab. Here's a link to each of our product pages: Chocolate Dipped RaspberryChocolate Dipped CoconutMint Chocolate Chip and Chocolate Almond Crunch.

Where can I find nutrition information?

Each bar’s nutrition facts can also be found on the product pages above. Just click the third tab.

Another place to find info would be our ingredient's page, which outlines each of our key ingredients and their benefits.

What is the shelf life of the bars?

Truth Bars have a shelf life of 18 months. We make our bars in small batches, which ensures that our retailer's shelves are stocked with fresh bars.


Please let us know if you have a question that is not listed above.
Simply write to us at info@truthbar.com. We are happy to answer any questions!