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Fun with probiotics: 3 tasty sources for ‘good bugs’

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If you read Sunday’s “New York Times” article on antibiotics and obesity, you probably did what we did – ran for the probiotics to replenish the good bugs in your gut.

Dr. Mehmet Oz has also keen on probiotics for years and just talked them up again a few weeks ago on “The Dr. Oz Show,” as a supplement to take for overall digestive health and for weight loss.

There are plenty of supplements you can take, but we’ve found some tasty ways to enjoy probiotics as a healthy snack. Here are a few:

GoodBelly juice drinks: The line of non-dairy probiotic juice drinks recently launched the Good Belly Reboot, a 21-day program designed to help reset your digesting health with daily tips, challenges and reminders. Available through SparkPeople, users who sign up for the Reboot will receive daily action steps via email to help improve overall digestive health within 21 days. We’ve tried a couple flavors of GoodBelly and really liked the fruity flavor and the fact that we get 10 billion to 50 billion cultures of the probiotic strain, Lactobacillus plantarum 299v, which survives the trip to the gut better than many other live and active cultures.

Attune chocolate bars: These little bars, found in the refrigerated section of grocery stores like Whole Foods, serve up a perfect portion of chocolate and 6.1 billion CFUs of clinically supported strains of probiotics. They come in three flavors: Milk Chocolate Crisp, Mint Chocolate, and Dark Chocolate. The bars are also certified gluten free.

Yasso frozen Greek yogurt: Looking for a frozen way to get some good bugs? Yasso bars can be found in most grocery store freezer cases and recently launched of five new flavors – Mint Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter Cup, Chocolate Fudge, Dark Chocolate Raspberry, and Sea Salt Caramel. The bars are around 80 calories with 6 grams of protein so they make a decent little snack. We’re fond of the coconut flavor and can’t wait to find those new flavors.

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