Iced Caramel Protein Smoothie

Protein is important to incorporate first thing during the day to get our engines revved, muscles activated, and brain-fueled for the rest of the day. Protein also works with fiber to help stabilize blood sugar levels, especially when healthy natural sources of whole food carbohydrates, like oats, are added. Here, we give you two ways to incorporate protein into your meals! You can use our incredible Lifeway Kefir as your protein smoothie base, which is a complete source of protein, filled with natural probiotics for optimal gut health, and an amazing source of calcium, vitamin D, potassium, and B vitamins.

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. Our Farmer Cheese is also a great source of all these nutrients, just in a different format for all the cheese lovers out there.

Servings: 2


  1. Whisk together all ingredients for caramel sauce over medium heat for 2 minutes (do not boil). Set aside.
  2. Blend together all ingredients for smoothie.
  3. Pour into 2 cups, top with caramel sauce, and add granola or any other toppings. We love coconut cream here!