Ancho chili powder adds a depth of smoky flavor to our creamy avocado kefir dip. Whether you serve it as a dip or a dressing, it’s sure to please a crowd.
Cultured Dairy: The Nutrition Benefits You 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 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.
- 2 very ripe large avocados
- ¾-1 cup Lifeway Plain Lowfat Kefir
- 1 Tbsp ancho chili powder (more or less to taste)
- ¾ cup sweet peppers, chopped
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- ¼ cup minced fresh cilantro, plus more to garnish
- Juice of one lime
- Sea salt, to taste
- A few dashes of preferred hot sauce, optional
- Cut open and scoop the flesh of the avocados into a large mixing bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients, except for the kefir, and stir well.
- Slowly stir in kefir until desired consistency is reached. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving. Garnish with additional cilantro and/or peppers.