Whether you’re planning a relaxing staycation at home, visiting relatives a short car drive away, or jet setting across the globe this spring and summer, experiencing new, exotic, and nourishing foods can be one of the most delightful (and delicious!) highlights of your trip.
So, if you’re fortunate enough to find yourself in a locale known for it’s fabulous fare in the coming months, enjoy! But, if armchair travel is more your speed, you’re in luck—we’ve scoured the best food blogs to find gut-healthy, nutrient-dense recipes inspired by traditional dishes from all over the world.
Revel in the Ukraine with...Hunky Heartbeet Cabbage Soup
This hearty vegetarian Hunky Heartbeet Cabbage Soup, inspired by the classic Ukrainian borscht, is chock full of prebiotic-rich beets (also great for your liver!), onions, and cabbage, and even includes coconut oil for a healthy dose of essential fats. Vitamin C, vitamin B, and iron round out this nourishing—and filling—soup. (from Angela Liddon at Oh She Glows)
Discover India with...Chickpea, Quinoa, and Turmeric Curry
If you love curry, this scrumptious Indian-inspired Chickpea, Quinoa, and Turmeric Curry will have your tastebuds singing its praises. With protein-packed quinoa and chickpeas, digestive herbs turmeric and ginger, and creamy gut-healthy coconut milk, you’re sure to enjoy every last bite. (from Ella at Deliciously Ella)
Travel to Tuscany with...Chestnut Cake
Packed with potassium, magnesium, vitamin E, and essential amino acids, chestnut flour is the star in this delicious gluten-free Chestnut Cake. Pine nuts and walnuts—both great sources of polyunsaturated fatty acids—add a tantalizing crunch and gut health benefits to this sweet and savory treat. (from Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley at Hemsley Hemsley)
Adventure in Indonesia with...Balinese Gado Gado
An Indonesian staple, Gado Gado is a traditional veggie-packed salad accented with rich peanut sauce. This vegan, soy-free version ramps up the health content by substituting almonds for peanuts and packing in the nutrient-dense (and gut-healthy) veggies, like kale, cabbage, bean sprouts, and carrots. (Sarah Britton at My New Roots)
Frolic in Mexico with...Probiotic Rich Lacto-Fermented Red Salsa
Homemade salsa is already a superfood in its own right, packed with nutritious fruits and vegetables and free of preservatives and chemicals that can hide in store-bought brands. This Lacto-Fermented Red Salsa recipe takes healthy salsa to whole new level by fermenting the ingredients into an enzyme and probiotic-rich delicacy that will nourish your beneficial gut bacteria and improve your digestion. (from Chrystal at Happy Mothering)
Make Moroccan memories with...Aubergine & Chickpea Stew
This Aubergine & Chickpea Stew incorporates traditional Moroccan flavors in a satisfying, comforting stew that covers nearly every nutritional base. With fiber-rich eggplant, chickpeas for protein, whole grain millet, avocado for healthy fat, prebiotic garlic and onion, and gut-friendly herbs like cinnamon, saffron, cumin, and mint, this is one meal that you’ll want to eat again and again. (from Green Kitchen Stories)
Galavant in Greece with...Snickerdoodle Hummus
We know, Snickerdoodle Hummus is a little like turning your favorite savory snack into a decidedly decadent dessert, but we think you’ll love this twist on the Mediterranean favorite. The usual chickpeas are combined with almond butter, maple syrup, Medjool dates, vanilla, and cinnamon for a sweet, nutritious treat that couples perfectly with prebiotic favorites, like apples or bananas. (from Alexis Joseph at Hummusapien)
If you do find yourself on the road this spring and summer, don’t forget a high-quality probiotic supplement like PRO-15 to bolster your gut against new environments and exotic foods that can sometimes wreak havoc on your gut...and your trip. Nurturing your microbiome both before and during your travels can enable you to enjoy your happiest, healthiest, and yummiest vacation yet!
Kristin Quigley-Adams is the Marketing & PR Coordinator at Hyperbiotics and mother to one extraordinary little guy! She loves to cook and read and is passionate about helping people find ways to live life to their fullest through improved gut health, nutrition, and self-care.To learn more about how a healthy microbiome can enrich your life, subscribe to our newsletter.