Dig in to this honey lime winter citrus parfait to enjoy the fruits of the season. Layer kefir with mixed citruses to invigorate the tastebuds with a sweet and tart combination. Plus, it will give your body a boost of Vitamin C, essential to support the immune system during cold and flu season.
Cultured Dairy: The Nutrition Benefits You Actally 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.
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.
- 4 tsp honey
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 1 tsp lime zest, divided
- 1 orange
- 1 red grapefruit
- 1.5 cups Natural Kefir Cup
- 1/4 cup unsalted pistachios, chopped
- Whisk together the honey and lime juice until smooth, then stir in 1/2 teaspoon lime zest. Set aside.
- Peel the orange then pull apart the segments and cut each piece in half.
- Slice a grapefruit around the center [not end to end] then scoop out each segment of grapefruit.
- Place the orange + grapefruit pieces in the honey lime bowl and lightly toss to coat.
- Add about 3/4 cup of kefir cup into 2 glasses or bowls then top with half of the fruit mixture in each including some of the juice from the bowl.
- Top with chopped pistachios and a pinch or two of lime zest. Serve immediately.