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, which is filled with protein and probiotics. Cherries are also an amazing source of nutrition, full of antioxidants shown to support heart health, skin, and joint health, along with sleep patterns. They also pair wonderfully with Lifeway Kefir 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 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, kefir made from whole milk helps absorb key nutrients such as Vitamins A, D, E, and K. Vitamins D and K are important because they help our 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 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. This is where Lifeway Oat shines, since it contains both prebiotics and probiotics for a healthier you!
- 1 cup ice cubes
- 1 1/2 cups Vanilla Whole Milk Kefir
- 1 tbsp. almond or cashew butter
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder of choice
- 1/2 lemon zest and juice
- 1 cup frozen dark sweet cherries
- 1 tsp. gluten free graham crackers as a garnish
- additional fresh or frozen cherries as an optional garnish
- Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Top with Cherries, vanilla Kefir, and gluten free graham crackers