Sourced from: Dr. Davis Infinite Health Blog,
authored by Dr. Davis,
original posting date there: 2022-03-03
A Recipe for Tzatziki–With Benefits
Here is a recipe for tzatziki from my new Super Gut book. But this version of
tzatziki is unlike any you’ve had before, as you can tailor
it to provide specific health benefits that you desire.
Because you can choose the microbe to ferment
the yogurt, you can pick and choose the health benefit you want to
enjoy. If you choose to make this Tzatziki with L. gasseri
yogurt, for instance, you can enjoy reduced stress and a
reduction in waist size, while also increasing healthy
Akkermansia populations with the olive oil and garlic. If you choose
Bacillus coagulans to make your yogurt, you can enjoy
reduced arthritis pain and faster recovery from heavy physical
exertion. If you choose Lactobacillus reuteri, you
can enjoy deeper sleep and smoother skin with less wrinkles.
That was my intention with the Super
Gut book––not to just say “take a
probiotic and get some fiber,” but to provide powerful prescriptive,
actionable strategies to seize control over health.
Use this unique twist on a traditional Greek
and Middle Eastern dish as a sauce, dip, or used to liven up meats
such as lamb, kabobs, roasted veggies, or souvlaki for an authentic
Greek experience while obtaining substantial health benefits.
Tzatziki is best consumed within 72 hours
Makes about 3½ cups
1 medium cucumber, grated or finely chopped
2 cups yogurt (You choose the variety, e.g.,
L. reuteri or Bacillus coagulans yogurt)
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced or crushed
2 tablespoons lemon juice, freshly-squeezed or bottled
2 tablespoons dill or mint, chopped
½ teaspoon sea salt
Grate or chop the cucumber into a colander
that is set in a large bowl. Allow to sit for 30 minutes, stirring
occasionally to release water.
Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine yogurt,
olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, dill or mint, salt. Stir in cucumber
and mix thoroughly.