Of late the wonders and benefits of probiotics have been preached far and wide. Like with many supplement and food trends when this happens it turns up everywhere it can. Montreal company Yumi (pronounced yummy) has brought on a line of probiotic-infused snacks and foods. We are going to give you a little review of the five new products in their Probiotique line.
First off, let’s get to know Yumi. As previously said, Yumi is a Montreal company co-founded by a dietician named Zoey Li. Yumi acknowledges that there is a sizable part of the population that wants to eat healthily. Healthy but still tasty. If it is not tasty and easy people will not stick with healthy choices. So they have put out a line of food that is simple and quick to make as well as delicious. Much of the line has less than 6g of sugar, is organic, easy to make, and filled with protein, fibre, and antioxidants. The line is built upon their tasty breakfast overnight oats with flavours like apple cinnamon, blueberry vanilla, dark choco, and maple cranberry.
Yumi products are available in many stores throughout the province of Quebec and even across Canada. You buy them in Charlesbourg, St. Jerome, Sherbrooke, Chambly, Montreal, Pointe Claire, St. Sauveur, Blainville as well as in British Columbia, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta, and Saskatchewan.
We’ll start off with the Probiotique Ground Flax Seed and Active Chia Seeds. We have all become familiar with flax and chia again via the movement towards healthy and organic products in parts of the population. Flaxseed is an excellent source of fibre and omega-3. Eating it before you eat your meals and you will feel less hungry and it is also thought to limit how much cholesterol you absorb. It can also be used for diabetes, high cholesterol, constipation, and obesity.
Flax seeds have a nutty flavour and a crispy consistency. It is another food that you can add to different recipes to bring its pluses. Foods like smoothies, pancakes, veggie burgers, and overnight oats. Whatever you add them to will benefit from its flavour and texture. Yumi has ground them so they pretty much disappear into whatever you add them to. Plus being ground makes them easier to digest. Though you will still be able to taste them. It is versatile and easy to incorporate into plenty of recipes. You can even add the ground flax seeds to water to make an egg substitute.
Being one of the oldest crops humans have grown, flax has been around for a long time. To get the health benefits all you need is one tablespoon a day. In the Yumi variety, there is the added bonus of over 1 billion probiotics per 15 grams. You should refrigerate after opening.
Chia seeds are small black seeds that come from the chia plant. It contains lots of fibre and omega-3 fatty acids as well as protein and a variety of minerals and antioxidants. They are thought to help with digestion (there is the probiotic factor!), diabetes and combat heart disease.
As a food they are very versatile as they can be added to many foods and dishes. You can add them to oatmeal/porridge, made into pudding, added into baking, and put on top of yogurt or salads. For myself, I added it to my morning banana-honey-blueberry protein smoothie. Within the smoothie you get all the benefits and it does not change the flavour. They are a safe food to eat and have no adverse effects.
Yumi has taken that little bit of work out of it as these chia seeds are already “active”, meaning they have already been soaked in water. Just enjoy! Plus you again get the plus of 1 billion probiotics per 15 grams. Refrigerate after opening.
Now we are onto the sweet parts of the Probiotique line. When you are feeling snacky you can turn to these without busting your diet. Meaning these are tasty and good for you at the same time. Maple Pecan Crunch, Keto Nut Medley and Dark Choco Trail Mix are all equally good. Turn to one or the other depending on what you are craving that day.
All three have 1 billion probiotics per 50 grams. The Maple Pecan Crunch features pecans drizzled with maple syrup along with other seeds like sunflower and pumpkin and fruits like cranberries and raisins which have been naturally dried. It is a snack that tastes great, will satisfy you with its high fibre and has vitamin E, potassium, zinc, and iron. Keto Nut Medley features pumpkin seeds, hazelnuts, cashews, walnuts, and pecans. Just like the name indicates this is a snack which is suitable for those on keto diets. It tastes great without any added sugar plus is great for gut health. Finally, my favourite was the Dark Choco Trail Mix and that is despite the fact that I am not a big chocolate fan. The Trail Mix is made up of pieces of 70% dark chocolate, raisins, cranberries, almonds, cashews, and walnuts.
A great thing about these snacks (besides the fantastic taste!) is that you can use them as a topping on your Yumi overnight oats. They add some sweetness and crunch. In just a couple of minutes you have made a healthy and tasty breakfast that will keep you full for a long time.