We’ve got nothing against gluten, but for the 18 million Americans with gluten sensitivity that’s not the case. If that’s you, avoiding gluten is one of the first steps you can take to a healthy gut. Luckily, Ancient Harvest has you covered with all the gluten-free products your heart (and gut) desires, from quinoa to polenta to gluten-free pasta. That way you can still have your cacio e pepe and eat it, too.
Ancient Harvest’s Catherine Gouchoe talks to us about the gut biome, Chrissy Tiegen, and cautious optimism (yes, that’s good for your gut, too!).
The Culinistas: So little is known about the gut. What’s a misconception people might have about gut health?
Catherine Gouchoe: People think that they have to heavily restrict themselves from certain foods in order to maintain a healthy gut biome, which sometimes can result in people unnecessarily eliminating foods.
TC: What’s one easy thing anyone can do to take care of the gut?
CG: Drink a lot of water! Preferably with lemon.
TC: What’s the biggest impact of gut-friendly foods?
CG: Improved digestion, higher energy, and more confidence! You will also create a healthier gut biome.
TC: If your gut was a celebrity, who would it be and why?
CG: If my gut was a celebrity it would be Chrissy Teigen. She’s even-keeled, yet sometimes has a feisty personality which perfectly describes how my gut acts. Also, her recipes are incredible and her balanced diet is a lot like mine!
TC: Tell us about a time when you followed your gut and it paid off in spades.
CG: I have always wanted to move out west and finally made the leap from Boston to Denver this summer. I made the move during the pandemic and joined the Ancient Harvest team shortly after! This absolutely paid off in spades.
TC: What’s one thing you’ve never had the guts to do, but always wanted to try?
CG: I’ve always wanted to try trick skiing and do cool stunts off jumps. Definitely a bit intimidated, but hopefully one day!
TC: What is your gut telling you is in store for 2021?
CG: A lot of change and energy is coming! Also a lot of unknown ahead, which is both frightening but exciting. I remain cautiously optimistic!
We asked Catherine to select six items from our Go With Your Gut menu and tell us why.
Blueberry Chamomile Parfait (blueberry, chamomile, greek yogurt, walnut, coconut, honey, sumac, allspice, solstice blend)
“If you can tolerate it, yogurt has a lot of probiotics. I suggest Greek yogurt since it contains more probiotics.”
Cauliflower Soup (cauliflower, celery, shallot, coconut milk, apple cider vinegar, finishing pepper, cayenne)
“Apple cider vinegar is great for your gut because it aids indigestion. Great combo with cauliflower!”
RGC (Roasted Garlic Chicken) (chicken, turnip, spinach, garlic, rosemary, sage)
“The prebiotics in garlic will help with probiotic digestion and it tastes great!”
Miso Asparagus (asparagus, sesame seed, miso, parsley, lemon)
“Miso is great for your gut because it’s a fermented food that is rich in probiotic bacteria.”
Roasted Sunchokes (sunchoke, sesame seed, mint, serrano chile, lemon, za’atar, cumin)
“Mint is a great stomach aid and will help your reactive stomach after a meal.”
Banana Health Bread (banana, flaxseed, sunflower seed, rolled oat, coconut sugar, apple cider vinegar, baking powder)
“This is a great dish for your gut because it’s a mix of prebiotics and fermented food. Additionally, ingredients with sugar, like bananas, should be paired with ingredients with a lot of fiber, such as flax seeds, to offset the glucose in bananas.”
Make sure to download our fun gut health bracket for your chance to win a set of our 10 Grove kitchen linens.