Probiotic foods are highly encouraged, if not required, as part of the 17 Day Diet regimen. Probiotics are healthy bacteria or “bugs” that live in your intestinal tract and help balance your digestive system– probiotics are found in several foods.
When people think of probiotics, they naturally think of yogurt. While the 17 Day Diet is mostly about removing sugar (and a few other things) from your diet, it gets difficult to think about consuming plain yogurt due to the fact that it doesn’t have the best flavor (I, on the other hand, love the flavor of plain yogurt so it’s never been an issue for me).
If you don’t care for the flavor of plain yogurt, try using a bit of sweetener and fruit (such as berries) and you’ll be amazed at how tasty this treat can be! You can also use sugar-free fruit preserves to give your plain yogurt a little “zing”.
If yogurt is not your thing, there are other foods you can use that contain probiotics. Here is a list from the 17 Day Diet book:
Yogurts, any type including Greek-Style, sugar-free fruit flavored, plain and low-fat (6 oz = 1 serving)
Kefir: similar to drinking-style yogurt; great for making smoothies (1 cup = 1 serving)
Low-fat acidophilus milk (1 cup = 1 serving)
Yakult (small 50-calorie bottle)
Breakstone LiveActive cottage cheese (1/2 c = 1 serving)
Reduced salt miso dissolved in low-fat, low-sodium broth (1 tablespoon = 1 serving)
Tempeh (a fermented cake of pressed soybeans) (4 oz = 1 serving)
Sauerkraut (1/2 c = 1 serving)
Kimichi (Korean cabbage) (1/2 c = 1 serving)
If you’re still not crazy about the food list containing probiotics, the 17 Day Diet book recommends using probiotics in capsule/pill form or even in powder form. Here are a few options to choose from:
Whether you consume probiotics through foods or through supplements, its important to promote healthy digestion throughout the 17 Day Diet.