This refreshing Blueberry, Kale, and Pineapple Smoothie made with Lifeway Oat is the perfect way to end the week. This recipe is completely vegan, and unlike regular oat milk, Lifeway Oat nourishes your body with 10 live and active probiotic cultures and prebiotic fiber to support them. Beyond that, this smoothie treat packs in vitamins, minerals, and important antioxidants. Both blueberries and pineapples are bursting with vitamin C, and pineapples are a good source of digestive enzymes. Kale and blueberries add more nutrients and further complement this recipe. Delight your tastebuds and your gut with this smoothie!
Not Just Oat Milk: Cultured Oat Milk Benefits 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 also 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, a combination of fiber and probiotics is even more beneficial for the gut, immune system, and for brain health due to the way this combination strengthens the microbiome, the powerhouse system of your entire health. This is where Lifeway Oat is so beneficial since it is an organic, cultured oat milk beyond just another standard oat milk. Lifeway Oat contains both fiber and probiotics to help support a healthier body and brain, which means an overall healthier you.
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 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 systems.
- 1 cup baby kale
- 1 cup frozen pineapple cubes
- 1/2 a frozen banana
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 1 cup Blueberry Oat
- 2 tbsp. flax or chia seeds
- Optional: squeeze of fresh lemon*
- Garnishes: more blueberries, shredded coconut, pumpkin seeds, etc.
- 1. Add all the ingredients to a high-speed blender, then blend until thick and creamy. *The lemon helps cut the bitterness of kale, and adds vitamin C as a bonus!