We’ve turned the corner from summer to fall, so frozen treats might not be the first thing on your mind, but the warm spices and beautiful color in this gut health and immune boosting version of frozen yogurt will make you want to include this dessert well into fall and winter!
I came up with this recipe for this month's Recipe Redux theme: recipes to bolster gut health. The three main ingredients, yogurt, turmeric, and ginger, are basically a triple threat when it comes to any bugs trying to make their way into your system or compromise your gut and immune health!
Turmeric is one of the most powerful, proven, natural anti-inflammatory foods you can find. Ginger is known for it’s beneficial digestion boosting properties. Yogurt is loaded with probiotics - the good bacteria needed for a healthy gut! Did you know over 70% of our immune system lives in our gut?! This is one reason why good gut health can help us get through the nasty cold and flu seasons unscathed.
Getting plenty of good bacteria in our gut helps push out the bad bacteria. This benefits our metabolism, digestion, nutrient absorption, immune system, body composition and overall health. In fact, getting adequate amounts of probiotics in your diet, or via supplementation, has been linked to improvement in symptoms related to IBS or IBD, and can help alleviate regular gas, bloating, and allergies. Take home message: More good bacteria = mo betta!
You may wonder what the difference is between PREbiotics and PRObiotics. PREbiotics act as food to help nourish the good bacteria in your gut. Our bodies can’t digest prebiotics in foods, so when we eat foods that contain prebiotics, they remain intact until they reach our intestinal lining to serve as food for those good bacteria.
PRObiotics are actually the live cultures of good bacteria. When you consume these anti-inflammatory probiotics, they help add to the population of good bacteria already thriving in your gut. Probiotics are found in fermented foods like yogurt, kefir, buttermilk, tempeh, miso, kimchi, sauerkraut and pickles.
Alright, enough with the science-y nutrition speak. Let's get to work making your gut a bit more healthy in the most fun way possible - eating tasty treats like fro-yo! Try this recipe out any time of year - it really is full of delicious flavors and creamy, chewy texture with the mixed in candied ginger!
Turmeric Ginger Frozen Yogurt
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook(well, freeze time, really): 20-25 minutes
- 3 cups Full fat yogurt (greek or regular is fine - greek will have a more
- 1 cup full fat coconut milk - to add creaminess and flavor
- 1 Tbsp ground turmeric
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/3 cup Honey (another source of probiotics!)
- 1/2 cup Candied/crystalized Ginger, finely diced (you can also just add grated ginger if you don’t want the candied version, but I really like the little chunks to add some texture)
- Optional toppings: candied or raw nuts/seeds, shaved coconut, candied ginger, etc.
- Add all ingredients except candied ginger and toppings to a medium bowl and whisk together until evenly combined.
- Pour all ingredients into ice cream maker and churn according to your machine’s instructions until the mixture reaches a soft serve consistency (usually about 15-20 min).
- Add candied ginger to mixture in ice cream maker and continue churning for 2-3 additional minutes until ginger is distributed evenly.
- Either serve immediately with toppings, or transfer to a shallow freezer safe container and freeze until hard.
A few suggestions I’ve read on other ice cream/fro-yo blogs to make scooping easier:
- thaw for 20-30 minutes before serving,
- freeze in a shallow dish and take long, shallow scoops to help form balls of yogurt. This worked for me too!
- Try pressing parchment paper into the top of the mixture before freezing to prevent ice crystals from forming.