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Cherry Cheesecake Smoothie

This recipe is all that with a cherry on top! Inspired by one of our favorite desserts, we take the rich taste and silky texture of cherry cheesecake and transform it into a scrumptious smoothie. It’s a thick, creamy treat that rises above conventional smoothies thanks to our Lifeway Whole Milk Vanilla Kefir. Packed with protein, vitamin D, potassium, B vitamins, and calcium, the naturally tangy flavor of Lifeway Kefir, fortified by 12 live and active probiotic cultures is exactly what you want in your cheesecake for a happy tummy.

Or, to make this recipe dairy-free and vegan, simply use our amazing Lifeway Oat Vanilla cultured oat milk instead. It’s silky, smooth, and comes with the benefits of 10 dairy-free live and active probiotic cultures to also provide gut health and immune system benefits, just like our regular kefir. Cherries are also an amazing source of nutrition, full of antioxidants shown to support heart health, joint health, and sleep patterns. They also pair wonderfully with Lifeway Kefir and Lifeway Oat in any recipe you choose to pair them together with.

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.

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.

 

Prep Time: 2-5 Minutes Servings: 2

Directions

  1. Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Top with Cherries, vanilla Kefir, and gluten free graham crackers