This post is dedicated to my favorite purple person, an awesome funny blogger and a dear blogo-friend Melinda of www.purpleslobinrecovery.com.
I am a great fan of Dr Deepak Chopra. While I am fully aware of the controversies raging around him and his approach to alternative medicine, I would not doubt the expertise of a former chief of staff of New England Memorial Hospital and a Harvard medical school professor. Among his many books, Quantum Healing is the one who that has grabbed my attention and holds it still.
I don’t know about you, Beautiful People, but I wholeheartedly concur with this statement! Notice, that it starts with thinking, rather than physical action. So when Deepak Chopra extolls the benefits of prebiotics that “feed probiotics,” I listen. For a full explanation of both, please go to this article published by The Chopra Center: https://chopra.com/articles/5-health-benefits-of-probiotics. Suffice it to say that there is a definite brain-gut connection, a “proven connection in the body; those “gut feelings” you get aren’t just a feeling. It’s an actual physical response that happens between your brain and your gut. When you consume prebiotics in foods, it promotes good bacteria in your gut, so it’s just another way to make sure you’re maintaining gut health through food.”
Years ago, while I was still running the school for children with special needs, I have incorporated probiotics into the lunch menu. Those are simply fermented foods, easily made (for some of my recipes, please click here), and anyway, who doesn’t like pickles? So now, following Dr Chopra’s advice, I started looking into prebiotics. I immediately found out three things:
- Prebiotic supplements are readily available.
- They are quite costly.
- They are easily made at home.
As I read ingredients of those commercially produced supplements, I was stunned by discovering only three: oats, blueberries, and agave. Oats are pure fiber, blueberries are great antioxidants that also help heart health, bone strength, skin health, blood pressure, diabetes management, cancer prevention, and mental health, and agave syrup, which is generally healthy, as well as plant-based, as opposed to many other sweeteners. So I started experimenting with proportions. Little curious kitty called Pyshka took vivid interest in my experiments.
Finally, Pyshka approved of a simple arrangement: a cup of overnight oats, half-a cup of fresh blueberries, and a quarter-cup of agave. She also approved of making overnight oats by soaking a third of a cup of oats in two thirds of filtered water. You can play with your own proportions, Beautiful People, by making it thicker or thinner, adding more or fewer blueberries, and more or less agave (unless you prefer to use honey).
Dump it all into a blender or use an immersion blender. I prefer the latter. You can also add ice, if you want a real smoothie look and feel. Whizz it for about a minute, and you have your prebiotic supplement for today.
You also have the most delicious purple breakfast, snack, or even lunch that feeds your brain, while keeping your gut healthy.
In case you are wondering about the flowers, they fell from this tree, near our house. I don’t think they are edible, and I don’t know the name of the tree. If anyone recognizes it, please educate me – I’ll be grateful.
Whatever opinion you may have about the benefits of alternative medicine, please do yourself a favor and try this yummy treatment. As you are drinking it, remember: