Taking a probiotic powder has advantages, but it comes with challenges too. Probiotic powders are not as simple to take as capsules because you can’t easily swallow them. And they’re a bit more cumbersome than probiotic beverages, since the texture doesn’t slide down.

Natural Probiotics also have a very strong taste, which means you might not want to stir them into certain foods. Of course, you can if you want. But the flavor may overpower whatever food or drink you’re adding them to. Some people get around this unpleasantness by mixing probiotic powders into small amounts of food or liquid, so that they can be taken with as few bites or gulps as possible.

Here are some ways to take a probiotic powder that we think work best:

Blend into a Smoothie

Blending a probiotics powder into a smoothie is one of the most popular ways to take this supplement. Smoothies have so much going on in terms of taste and texture that a probiotic powder’s flavor or grittiness will hardly be noticed.

When you mix your probiotic powder into a smoothie, make sure you’re matching the probiotic powder serving size with the smoothie serving size. For example, if you put one serving of probiotic powder into a smoothie, you’ll need to prepare a smoothie to serve one person. That way, you don’t dilute your probiotic powder dosage.

Mix with Applesauce

Many people like to mix their probiotic powder with applesauce. The tartness of the applesauce seems to balance the flavor of the probiotic powder well. If you find your probiotic powder and applesauce mixture has a strong flavor that you don’t like, just mix the powder into a smaller amount of applesauce next time. Then, you only have to deal with two to three bites of a not-so-great flavor.

Stir into Yogurt

There are quite a few people who like to stir their probiotic powder into yogurt. They either find the flavors compliment each other or they don’t mind dealing with a powerful taste for a good cause.

These are just a few ways to take a probiotic powder. You can always stir your powder into a small, or large, juice or a glass of water, too. It will be up to you to decide how long you want to experience the flavor of your probiotic powder and what texture you’re willing to put up with.