Spring is right around the corner and we’re getting inspired by the upcoming warmer weather! Enjoy every spoonful of this sunshine smoothie bowl made with fresh carrots, mango, and pineapple. Not only do the colors in orange fruits and vegetables invigorate and refresh the senses, but they’re also a great source of vitamins A and C , important to keep the skin healthy in-between the transition of seasons.
Cultured Dairy: The Nutrition Benefits You Actually Need to Know
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.
Studies have shown that reduced diversity of healthy gut bacteria during early years is associated with an increase in food allergies during school age years. In addition, kefir made from whole fat milk helps absorb key nutrients such as Vitamins A, D, E, and K. Vitamin K is important because it helps your bones absorb calcium. It’s important to know that kefir contains a special trio: vitamin D, K, and calcium – all three crucial elements to support bone health.
Prebiotics + Probiotics = a Healthy You
Prebiotics are non-living, non-digestible carbohydrates naturally found in a variety of foods. Your body actually can’t digest prebiotics, so they’re what probiotics feed off of to remain actively working in your digestive system. They help the digestive system by promoting the growth of good bacteria. Prebiotics and probiotics work together in balance to make sure our digestive system stays on track and regular. Research has found that consuming a variety of prebiotic and probiotic food sources may improve your body’s natural functions, including both your immune and digestive system.
- 1/2 cup finely grated carrot or frozen diced carrot
- 1 cup frozen peach slices, mango chunks or pineapple chunks
- 3/4 cup Plain Lowfat Kefir
- 1 Natural Kefir Cup
- 1 tsp organic ground turmeric
- 1/2 tsp each ground ginger and cinnamon (optional)
- pinch of black pepper (optional, improves absorption of active compound in turmeric)
- Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and mix until smooth and creamy. Don’t over blend.
- Pour it into a bowl, load it up with your favorite smoothie bowl toppings and enjoy with a spoon.