Probiotics vs Prebiotics

Although the names are almost the same – just one letter difference- these two types of food are completely different but both are essential for gut health!

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Probiotics

Probiotics are talked about more commonly. These are fermented food sources of GOOD BACTERIA that contribute to your gut health and keep a happy microbiome.

Foods like:
  • Yogurt
  • Kefir
  • Kimchi 
  • Tempeh
  • Miso
  • Sourdough Bread
  • Kombucha
  • Fermented Veggies like sauerkraut and pickles*
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Prebiotics

Prebiotics are also food – both for you and for the good bacteria inside your gut. Prebiotics are what feed these good bacteria to keep them alive and healthy. 
And healthy, happy gut bacteria means a happy, healthy microbiome for better digestion and overall health!

*Not all pickles will have probiotics. Probiotics are living cultures and will need to be stored in the refrigerated section at the store.

Some of these include:
  • Asparagus
  • Leeks
  • Onions 
  • Garlic
  • Unripe Bananas
  • Berries 
  • Oats
  • Legumes like beans & peas
  • Seeds like flaxseed & chia seed
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While eating a variety of these foods throughout the week is important, you don’t necessarily have to eat these at the same time.

However, if you are looking for some kid-friendly ways to offer more of both at the same time, check out these recipes:

Kefir & Berries Smoothie

Garlic Tofu Bites

Sourdough toast with Granola Butter (oats) & Banana Slices

Berries on Yogurt

Kimchi Scrambled Eggs with Garlic

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While Prebiotic rich foods are usually more easily accepted by kids, probiotics can take longer to learn – especially for a picky eater. While your picky eater learns to like these foods, you can also consider incorporating a probiotic supplement into your child’s balanced lifestyle. 
Before introducing this into your child’s diet, however, speak with their pediatrician to figure out if probiotics are right for them. Once you’ve been given the green light, consider starting one of these probiotics.

This post contains affiliate links. For more information see my full disclosure here.

Culturelle Kids 

These flavorless single-serve packets feature Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG and support digestion and immune health. This probiotic supplement packet can be mixed into cold food or drink once a day and is free of gluten, dairy, lactose, milk, added colors, preservatives, yeast, and soy.

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Renew Life Kids Probiotic

This berry-flavored probiotic supplement is designed to help reduce occasional digestive imbalances and support immune health. Renew Life Kids Probiotic is free of sugar, dairy, and gluten. It also contains no artificial flavors, colors, or sweeteners.

**The author of this site encourages you to consult a doctor before making any health changes, especially any changes related to a specific diagnosis or condition. No information on this site should be relied upon to determine diet, make a medical diagnosis, or determine treatment for a medical condition. The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. For more information please read our full disclaimer here.**

Published by snackswithjax

Sarah is the creator and mom behind "Snacks with Jax", a social media community of over 85,000 parents/caregivers, where she shares her son's meals, nutrition information, and evidence-based tips for feeding children. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist with a Bachelor's degree in Nutrition emphasizing in Wellness from Texas Woman's University and years of experience as a culinary instructor working with ages 2+. She has coached hundreds of parents & caregivers through the journey introducing solids to babies and also navigating picky eating with toddlers and older children. Her focus is on establishing a life-long healthy relationship with food for children while also empowering, encouraging, and educating their adult caregivers.

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