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Trying out some newly-released pantry staples this month…

Safe Catch:  As y’all may or may not know, I was a pescetarian for about 7 years. Safe to say, I know my canned tuna — I’ve eaten A LOT over the years! Safe Catch Elite Wild Tuna is by far one of the best I’ve found. Sustainable, super-healthy, and boasts the lowest mercury content of any brand — perfect for athletes & kids and safe for pregnant women.  Safe Catch tunaNot only does this brand test every single fish used in its products to ensure they are low in mercury, the ingredients used in their new seasoned line of tuna are equally as pure and natural. Plus, each can has over 28 grams of protein to keep you fueled & full for hours.

ISO Thrive:  My husband has gotten into taking probiotics lately. He likes to supplement with probiotics not only for health benefits, but for the weight-management properties as well. I partnered with ISOThrive —a gastroenterologist-endorsed, bacterially fermented microFood ‘pre’-biotic— to try out a new type of so-called probiotic. First, I learned why those probiotic yogurts never made me feel any better—the bacteria they were touting never made it to the part of my gut where they were needed! ISO Thrive

So-called “microFood” feeds the bacteria that are already in your gut, but aren’t getting the nutrition they need. Here’s what else I learned about what microFood can do:

1. Go where probiotics can’t
Most probiotics are neutralized in our stomachs and never make it to our lower digestive tract. To heal GI issues, the whole digestive system has to be re-balanced. A daily dose of fermented microFood like ISOThrive fuels the good bacteria to tackle the organisms that cause gas, bloating, and constipation.

2. Rebalance our diets the ancient way
Most modern diets lack nutrients to feed our “good” bacteria—more particularly, a very specific type of microFood that our ancestors got by eating lots of fermented vegetables or sourdough breads made from heirloom wheat. ISOThrive adds back this bacterially fermented food to rebalance our diets and keep our bacteria happy. (And, no, the sauerkraut on your hot dog or the kimchi on your bibimbap won’t get you the the microFood you need—you’d have to eat several cups of fermented veggies every day to get the same amount of microFood in one 1/4 teaspoon of ISOThrive microFood!)

3. Prep our bodies to prevent disease
Because the modern Western diet is so deficient in specially fermented microFood, our starving “good” gut bacteria are “breaking bad”—adapting to use other energy sources (such as our gut lining), and making us sick. Fermented microFood restores this imbalance, enhancing immune function and staving off disease.

Community Coffee:  Just in time for spring entertaining, Community Coffee Company’s new Amber Sunrise Blend is perfect for coffee drinkers who prefer a lighter roast with a smooth finish (try pairing it with this recipe for crème brûlée!).Community CoffeePlus, for every dollar redeemed on specially-marked coupons, Community will donate a matching dollar to land preservation efforts along the gulf coast, one of the largest threatened ecosystems in the world. You can learn more about this important cause and their new gulf coast campaign by visiting www.communitycoffee.com/Save-the-Coast