Fermented Protein Powder Is The New Kombucha
Kombucha, kefir, kimchi and Genuine Health's newest protein powder: What do they have in common? Fermentation. Why consume fermented foods? "Fermentation offers plentiful B vitamins, which is a big deal for people who are vegan, as a lot of the rich sources of B12 are animal products," says holistic nutritionist and So Fresh founder, Lauren Spicer. Because fermentation also creates probiotics, "it is also amazing for digestive regularity and improving metabolism," adds Lauren.
Genuine Health offers a Fermented Vegan Proteins+ powder, which can help cut down on the bloating and belly issues traditional vegan (and whey-based) protein powder can create. For those who love their dairy, there's also a Fermented Greek Yogurt Proteins+, made from non-GMO milk from grass-fed California cows. So you get vitamins, probiotics and protein all in one convenient (and delicious) package. (They also have a Fermented Whole Body Nutrition with Greens+.)
While we're all for getting the majority of your vitamins and nutrients from whole foods, it's nice to know there are healthy, natural nutrient-dense options to have alone, add a boost to morning smoothies, oatmeal or even your daily latte. (Note that heating fermented foods may kill off probiotic benefits.)
I live for my daily chai and since I usually have it with almond milk, I decided to try it with vanilla Vegan Fermented Proteins+. While your tea is steeping, mix one scoop of protein powder with one cup of water or your milk of choice and shake. I chose to warm up my shake then combined it with my tea for the creamiest latte I've ever had! You can skip the sweetener if you choose vanilla powder—or even chocolate—for your latte. To retain the probiotic goodness, why not switch up your usual latte for an iced version? The perfect caffeine hit for hot summer days.