Lift your glass and drink to gut health! It’s really that simple. With 12 probiotics from our kefir, potassium from bananas, and fiber from hazelnuts, every sip is a love letter to your digestive system.
Hazelnuts may help support healthy bowel movements, according to MedicalNewsToday, “Hazelnuts are a good source of dietary fiber. Eating plenty of fiber encourages regular bowel movements and helps prevent constipation.” Hazelnuts also may reduce inflammation, “Moreover, eating 60 grams of hazelnuts every day for 12 weeks helped reduce inflammatory markers in overweight and obese people. Another study examined how eating hazelnuts affected inflammation. It showed that eating 40 grams of hazelnuts may reduce the inflammatory response in healthy people.”
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.
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.
- 2 cups Madagascar Vanilla Lowfat Kefir
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 pitted dates
- 1 frozen banana
- ½ cup toasted hazelnuts
- 3 tsp cocoa powder
- 2 tsp maple syrup
- Toast hazelnuts in oven till they start to lightly brown, their natural oils will start to release. Set aside and let them cool before adding to smoothie.
- Add all ingredients to the pitcher of a high-powered blender. Blend on high until smooth, or until desired consistency is reached.
- Optional Toppings: cocoa powder, banana slices, chopped hazelnuts, and/or cocoa nibs.