The best snacks for good gut health

How to choose the best gut friendly snacks

Supercharge your gut health and banish snack guilt forever with these delicious, microbiome-loving munchies that not only taste great, but also keep your digestion in tip-top shape.
Tereza Pigova
by Ceri Ball
BSc qualified Nutritionist (BANT) specialising in Women’s health, Gastrointestinal Health, Mood, Energy Support and Weight Management.

When it comes to choosing gut-friendly snacks, it's important to opt for choices that are easy to digest, promote a healthy gut microbiome, and support overall digestive health. 

There’s a lot of stigma surrounding snacking. Many believe we should not snack between mealtimes, while others consider snacking a good idea. To take this a step further, let’s look at snacking with the aim of supporting digestive function. 

Most know that supporting gut health is the foundation for overall health and wellbeing. Approximately 70% of the immune system is found within the gut, therefore, we think that it is a rather clever idea to help this system function as well as it possibly can. We could start by thinking about some functional ingredients to snack on that support the beneficial gut bacteria, instead of reaching for that sugary, less health promoting snack, and although these confectionery snacks may taste good, unfortunately, have they have the potential to tip the balance of good bacteria in the gut, and this is what we’d like to avoid. 

Top recommendations for gut-friendly snacks detailed below

Fermented vegetables:  When we discuss top gut loving foods, fermented foods always get a front row seat. Foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, miso, and pickles undergo fermentation, which produces beneficial bacteria. These probiotic-rich snacks can improve gut health and add a tangy flavour to your snacking routine. Important to note, that when buying fermented foods, refrigerated types with live cultures are best.

Yogurt: Look for probiotic-rich yogurts that contain live cultures, as they can help promote a healthy balance of gut bacteria. Add some fresh fruits or a sprinkle of nuts for added flavour and additional nutrients.

Nuts and seeds: Almonds, walnuts, chia seeds, and flaxseeds are excellent choices for gut-friendly snacks. They provide fibre, healthy fats, and essential nutrients that support digestive health.  Energy balls are a great snacking choice, typically packed with oats and other insoluble fibres like flaxseed which your digestion loves.

Legumes: particularly chickpeas are incredibly versatile and a good source of protein and fibre. This legume is delicious roasted and sprinkled with a homemade spice mix for a flavour kick. 

Fresh fruits: Fruits like bananas, berries, and apples (skin on is best) are all high in fibre, which aids in healthy digestion. They also contain natural sugars and antioxidants that contribute to overall gut health.

Whole grains: opt for whole grain snacks like whole grain crackers or rice cakes. They provide fibre and nutrients that can support regular bowel movements. 

Smoothies: Easily digestible. Blend together a combination of fruits, leafy greens, and a source of healthy fats like avocado or nut butter. Smoothies can be a great way to incorporate gut-friendly ingredients while enjoying a refreshing and nutritious snack.

myota fibre: a great addition to your gut health snacking menu 

So, we've talked about many amazing, gut-friendly snacks that can be incorporated into your daily routine. But, what if we told you there was a way to supercharge these snacks with an even more potent hit of microbiome goodness? Enter myota prebiotic fibre blends.

myota prebiotic fibre blends are scientifically designed to promote a healthy gut microbiome. Prebiotics are a type of dietary fibre that act as food for the beneficial gut bacteria, promoting their growth and activity. Unlike probiotics, which are live bacteria, prebiotics can't be destroyed in the body by heat or digestive juices, meaning you get all the benefits they have to offer.

These blends can be effortlessly added to any of your favourite snacks. Whether you're preparing a delicious fruit smoothie, topping your yogurt with fresh fruits and nuts, or even sprinkling onto your roasted chickpeas, a scoop of myota's prebiotic fibre blend can significantly boost the gut health benefits of your snack.

What's the beauty of myota prebiotic fibre blends? They are flavourless, and easily dissolve in food and beverages, so you can enjoy your favourite snacks without any change in taste or texture.

Incorporating myota prebiotic fibre blends into your snacking routine is a simple yet effective way to support your gut health. As these blends feed your beneficial gut bacteria, they can contribute to improved digestion, enhanced immune function, and overall better health and wellbeing.

Remember, supporting your gut health doesn't have to be complicated or tasteless. With the right snack choices and the powerful boost from myota prebiotic fibre blends, you can keep your gut happy, your snacks tasty, and your body in optimal health. Now that's what we call smart snacking!