Leotard-loving Tracy Anderson might not believe in rest days, but her eating philosophy is super simple: “I don’t take any supplements. I don’t juice cleanse. I don’t do any extreme diets for beauty—those things upset your system; they confuse your system. I really believe in getting your nutrition from whole, healthy foods.”
“I don’t take any supplements. I don’t juice cleanse. I don’t do any extreme diets for beauty—those things upset your system.”
Whatever she’s doing, it’s working. Anderson’s star is shining brightly these days—and I’m not just talking about her new capsule collection of neon workout clothes. The celebrity trainer, whose clients include everyone from Victoria’s Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio to Lena Dunham, credits her glowy skin and overall health to eating a balanced diet. One thing, in particular, that’s in heavy rotation at her house is fermented cabbage. “I really, really, really love this Farmhouse Culture Garlic Dill Pickle Kraut—it’s got prebiotics and probiotics in it.”
For those who could use a gut-health refresher, probiotics are any foods or supplements you eat that are packed with microorganisms intended to help boost or maintain the levels of good bacteria that live in your digestive system, AKA your microbiome. A balanced gut’s been linked to loads of health benefits from supporting your mental health to weight management and disease prevention. Prebiotics are foods that feed those good gut bacteria, keeping your microflora full and happy.
Fermented foods like sauerkraut and kimchi are packed with both pre- and probiotics, making them powerhouses when it comes to good-for-your-gut foods. And Anderson’s not just slathering kraut on brauts, either. Instead, she’s devised a genius way to incorporate the condiment into her go-to, gut-boosting salad.
Ready to shake up your salad routine? Try Tracy Anderson’s super-easy, 6-ingredient salad recipe that’s packed with probiotics.
Tracy Anderson’s Chopped Salad
1. Combine chopped hard boiled egg, cucumber, and mixed greens in salad bowl with kraut (single serving is about 2 spoonfuls).
2. Dress with rice wine vinegar and rosemary sea salt to taste.
That’s it. You’ll be eating in less time than it takes to do Anderson’s 4-minute leg workout.
Now that you’re a kraut convert, here are 5 more ways to work the fermented cabbage in to your diet. For getting a gut boost between mealtimes, here’s your guide to choosing the right probiotic.
This story was originally published on March 18, 2017; it was updated on July 19, 2018.
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