Ask your parents if they actively sought out live, active bacteria 20 years ago, and they'd probably look at you like you were mad. But today bacteria is big business. foods infused with probiotics (the more palatable term for healthy gut bacteria) generated more than 30 billion dollars in sales, and that number has only increased. Gut bacteria play a role in , , , , , , and , so it’s no wonder we’re seeking out the creepy crawlers more and more.

As with basically all nutrition trends, adding probiotics to a food doesn’t make it healthier. Probiotic cookies are still cookies (sorry, kids!). To find out what's actually worth the buy, we asked a dietitian to share her favorite probiotic-rich products.

These gluten-free, grain-free are great for wrapping up veggies and lean protein or using in quesadillas, burritos, crepes, and even grilled cheese. Made with organic coconut flour, flax, chia seeds, apple cider vinegar, and resistant-starch prebiotics, they're also Paleo, vegan, and keto approved (i.e., perfect).

This contains 15 probiotic strains, 15 billion live cultures, no artificial flavors or colors— is only 40 calories per bottle. Unlike most probiotic drinks, GoLive uses an innovative cap that releases the bacteria into the water when you're ready to enjoy, ensuring they stay active, live, and effective.

While probiotic-rich foods can be a great addition to your diet, supplements are a reliable way to get your probiotic fix. are gluten-, dairy-, and soy-free, have 14 bacterial strains in 50 billion active cultures per dose.

Green Valley

Lactose intolerant? You don’t have to miss out on the benefits of bacteria. This tasty has just two ingredients (organic whole milk and an enzyme called lactose)— tons of live, active cultures. One cup contains 12 grams of protein, 40 percent of your calcium needs, and no added sugar.

All chia seeds are loaded with fiber, omega-3s, and calcium, making them an ideal add-in for pudding or oats (you can even use them in place of an egg in baked goods). is even better because it has two probiotic strains, breathing new life (literally) into your morning chia pudding.

Treeline Cheese

Trying to go vegan or dairy-free and missing cheese something bad? These are made with fermented cashews and contain a beneficial bacteria called Lactobacillus acidophilus. Try the soft, on crusty bread or puréed into a dip, or slice onto salad or crackers.

Made with organic, grass-fed dairy; sea salt; and live active cultures, this is next level. Plus it has a whopping 19 grams of protein per 5.3-ounce cup. Eat it straight with berries and nuts, throw into a smoothie, or purée with frozen fruit for a .

Pickles go way beyond cukes! These organic, non-GMO, (carrots, beets, and something called a "taqueria mix") are brined in a probiotic-rich cocktail. To get the most bang for your buck, take a shot of the brine or add it to other recipes once you’re done.

You might not want to eat this by the spoonful, but miso is a probiotic-rich ingredient that adds major umami flavor to salad dressings, soups, sauces, and stir-fries. is made with less salt than most versions and more rice than soybeans. Plus it has a shorter aging period, giving it a higher bacterial count.


Developed by a registered dietitian, this organic, plant-based vanilla-flavored is free of artificial ingredients, added sugars, and common allergens (dairy, gluten, soy, nuts). The Daily Uplifter provides both pre- and probiotics for better digestion, 10 grams of satiating protein.

WildBrine Sriracha

Sriracha is a great low-calorie, low-sugar way to add flavor to eggs, tacos, and avocado toast. But ? Talk about a match made in hipster foodie heaven. This spicy condiment delivers between 35 and 60 billion colony-forming units per bottle. You can bet we'll be putting this on everything.

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