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Iced Caramel Protein Smoothie

Shake things up on National Protein Day with an Iced Caramel Protein Smoothie.  It’s a brew-tiful blend of cold brew coffee, vanilla protein powder, frozen banana, vanilla almond butter, and coconut honey kefir. What exactly is protein? It’s a macronutrient that builds muscle mass and produces energy in the body. It’s important to refuel after exercising with protein because it helps rebuild glycogen stores and stimulates the growth of new muscle. Our Iced Caramel Protein Smoothie has many different sources of protein, including protein powder, almond butter, and our coconut honey kefir, which makes it a perfect post-workout

meal. Top with fresh coconut whipped cream, granola, and a sultry drizzle of homemade caramel sauce. It’s a little bit of gut-healthy goodness to perk up your day. Recipe link in bio.

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 immunityimprove 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.

Directions

  1. Whisk together all ingredients for caramel sauce over medium heat for 3 minutes (do not boil).
  2. Blend together all ingredients for smoothie.
  3. Pour in desired cup, top with caramel, granola, and coconut whipped cream.