There’s always something new to learn when it comes to health and nutrition. What is the latest buzzword you might be hearing around town? Well it might just be “microbiome”… or the human microbiome to be more specific. Let me fill you in on some of the basics you should understand and then I’ll finish it up with a yummy chocolate chip cookie recipe!
So what is the microbiome? Mostly bacteria actually. Each persons microbiota consists 10-100 TRILLION microbial cells harbored in the gut, and again, mostly bacteria.That means the bacteria in your gut outnumber your cells 9 to 1! The microbiome consists of the genes these cells hold. The genes within your microbiome outnumber your personal genome 150 to 1. So in case you were wondering, the microbiome is kind of a big deal, especially since this seeming small part of your being (i.e. the gut) controls so much of what your body does.
We commonly think of bacteria as a bad thing, but now that you understand that bacteria comprise much of what we are, it’s not too far fetched to tell you that these bacteria play a roll in most bodily functions. The microbiome is responsible for everything from digesting food, to regulating your metabolism, to controlling your immune system, your mood and even your mental acuity. So all in all, the microbiome is not a fad, and I will continue to shed more light on this topic for you in the next several weeks.
For now, here’s a fabulous Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe I cooked up for you! Completely free of the gluten and junk that typically gunk up our systems.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Vegan, Gluten free, Grain free, Paleo
- 1/3c coconut flour
- 1/3c arrowroot starch
- 1/4c almond flour
- 1/4c flax meal
- 1c applesauce
- 1c non-dairy milk
- 1T vanilla extract
- 2t baking powder
- 1t baking soda
- 1/3c cacao nibs (or chocolate chips)
- *Optional 1T blackstrap molasses; stevia to sweeten
Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a large mixing bowl, stir together your dry ingredients. Next, begin to stir in the wet ingredients. Finally add the cacao nibs (or chocolate chips). The dough will be very thick. Scoop batter onto a parchment lined baking tray in general cookie shapes and note that these cookies do not spread. Bake 18-22 minutes.
When finished, let the cookies cool a bit before nibbling away!