Since having my son in December last year, and having to have a number of antibiotics as a result of blood loss and infection, I have been very aware of what I need to do to make sure that my I’m putting plenty of probiotics. As well as a tablet probiotic that I was using, I made sure that I have been consuming plenty of gut-friendly and probiotic foods. Even if you’ve not recently had surgery or an infection, these kinds of foods are good to include in your diet.
Probiotic and Fermented Foods
Naturally, a lot of people will think about their gut and gut health when they think of the word probiotic, as the two are closely linked. Consuming fermented foods on a regular basis, which is what probiotic foods often are, has been shown to support good gut health. One of the ways that you do this is to consume live yogurt. The thing is, many store-bought yogurts can’t guarantee that the good bacteria is still are alive or even if the good bacteria strains are actually going to be beneficial for health.
Although there are options of probiotic foods and drinks in stores, the idea of making my own at home really appeals, and helps with some peace of mind that you know what you are consuming. That is where the Probio7 Life Yogurt Maker comes in, in order to help you to create probiotic yogurt (and other gut-friendly foods) at home.
Probio7 Yogurt Maker
Although I was interested in trying the yogurt maker out from Probio7, I was sure that it would be quite complicated and complex to use. I mean, it’s making your own yogurt! But using it has been so simple and straightforward. I was honestly amazed that pouring some milk into a bottle, mixing it with a little sachet, pour it into a machine, and then a few hours later you have set yogurt full of probiotic goodness!
In the sachet you have the bacterial strains that will make the difference to your gut health, and then your health overall as a result. Probio7 Happy Gut, I’m the sachet, contains three clinically researched strains that help to support your gut health. These are:
- Lactobacillus rhamnosus ATCC 53103
- AB-Kolicare Bifidobacterium Longum CECT 7894
- Pediococcus Pentosaceus CECT 8330
All of this can sound well and good, but it can be hard to know how much is going to make a difference to your health. Probio7 have worked with the Technical University of Munich to make sure that every 125ml serving of the yogurt that you have, contains 6 billion friendly bacteria. All of which has been proven to reach your gut alive. Good to know!
The yogurt itself tasted just like natural yogurt, and it wasn’t too runny, neither too set. We’ve enjoyed it by itself, with granola and fruit, as well as in smoothies. I’ve also swirled some açai powder in it to make it an absolute bowl of goodness. I have been really pleased with it.
Value for money?
The yogurt making kit costs from £49.99 and comes with lots of goodies like ceramic cooking and storage jars, a large glass mixing bottle, the machine itself, and even a carton of Jersey milk to get you started. For what you get, I think it is value for money. You can use the kit over and over (just needing more milk and bacteria sachets) so you can make all of the yogurt that you will need.
When reading through the brochure it was great to see that you can make other fermented foods with the bacteria sachets and the machine, including things like kimchi. I’m yet to try this, as we’ve just been going mad with the yogurt, but I think this helps to add value to the kit that you get.
The only thing that I think I’d want to see improved is the kit coming with more than one sachet of the bacterial strain initially. If you’re anything like me you want to keep making more and more when you get a new gadget. You can order more, of course, but it just means being organised and making sure it has been delivered by the time that you need it.
If yogurt or fermented foods are what you eat a lot of, then I think this kit will be a great addition to your household. It isn’t too bulky either, so can be stored away when not in use. Simple to use and good for you, what is there not to love?! You can see how simple it is here:
It would be great to hear what you think!
*the kit has been gifted in exchange for an honest review. All words and opinions are my own.