Apple Cider Donuts are one of the beloved autumn traditions that we enjoy so much, we’ve created a new recipe inspired by them. We’ve replicated this fall treat by turning it into a yummy, delicious smoothie. And because it’s made with apples, bananas, and Lifeway Kefir, our Apple Cider Donut Smoothie sneaks in a lot of nutritional benefits. Apples and bananas are loaded with vitamin C and copper, plus magnesium, potassium, manganese, and more. Lifeway Kefir is packed with probiotics, protein, calcium, and vitamin D. This is a drinkable donut you’re going to love.
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. Lifeway Farmer Cheese is also a great source of all these nutrients, just in a different format for all the cheese lovers out there.
Prebiotics + Probiotics = A Healthier You
Prebiotics are non-living, non-digestible carbohydrates naturally found in a variety of fiber-rich plant foods. Your body actually can’t digest prebiotic fiber, but it’s 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 systems.
- 2 frozen bananas
- 1/4 cup rolled oats
- 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 3/4 almond extract
- 2 tbsp cashew butter
- 1 chopped apple
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 1/4 cup Vanilla Whole Milk Kefir
- *Toppings - apples, coconut cream, cinnamon
- Blend everything together until you get a smooth consistency.
- Top with apple slices, Gluten Free donut holes and donuts, coconut cream, and cinnamon.