This hearty Oatmeal Pear Breakfast Smoothie contains protein, fiber, carbohydrates and healthy fats to keep you full and energized for hours! It’s the perfect breakfast for a day at the apple orchard or a brisk fall hike!
The probiotics in kefir may help support a healthy gut, where 70-80 percent of the cells that make up the immune system are located. Probiotics are “good” bacteria. They are live microorganisms similar to the ones already living in your gut and may offer health benefits when consumed in adequate amounts. The word “probiotic” itself is often translated to “beneficial for life.” It is derived from the Latin word “pro” meaning “for” and the Greek word “biotic” meaning “life.”
With increasing research linking the correlation between probiotics, gut health, and immunity, it’s no secret that the integrity of our gut is vital to our health. Although additional factors such as stress, antibiotic usage, and individual health conditions can contribute to the condition of our gut, a focus on healthy food choices is one of the easiest ways to support the microbiome. Several studies have shown a strong association between the gut-brain-microbiota. Probiotics introduced to the gut have been found to support immunity, improve allergies, and improve digestion.
A healthy diet is one that is sustainable and full of real ingredients you can pronounce. As always, it’s important to be mindful of how foods react with your individual body but when it comes to selecting which dairy products to consume, going the fermented route is one of the best choices for your health. Kefir can be a beneficial way to incorporate more probiotics into your microbiota. Lifeway Kefir, in particular, may be an appropriate option for those who are lactose-intolerant – it’s up to 99% lactose (a naturally occurring milk sugar) free.
- 1 cup Madagascar Vanilla Lowfat Kefir
- 1 pear, cored and chopped
- ¼ cup rolled oats
- 1 tbsp almond butter
- 1 tsp maple extract
- ½ teaspoon grated fresh ginger, or ¼ tsp dried ginger
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon, plus more to garnish
- Combine all ingredients into the pitcher of a high powered blender. Blend on high until desired consistency is reached. Enjoy!
- If you are sensitive to gluten, make sure to use certified gluten-free oats.