We have the absolute best way to cool down this weekend Escape the heat with our Icy Orange Smoothie. This refreshing recipe only needs a few ingredients to load your body with nutrients. Oranges are famous for their vitamin C content, but they’re also loaded with fiber and potassium. Lifeway Kefir adds probiotics, protein, calcium, and vitamin D to the mix to elevate this treat even further. This chilly drink will cool you off with a brilliant citrusy flavor that is out of this world.
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 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. Lifeway Farmer Cheese is also a great source of all these nutrients, just in a different format for all the cheese lovers out there.
Prebiotics + Probiotics = A Healthier You
Prebiotics are non-living, non-digestible carbohydrates that are a source of fiber that are naturally found in a variety of plant foods[b]. 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. Lifeway Oat contains both prebiotics and probiotics for optimal gut and brain health.Prep Time: 2-5 mins Servings: 1
- 1 cup frozen oranges (do this ahead if you can't find in stores)
- 1 cup Plain Lowfat Kefir
- 1 cup ice cubes
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth
- Serve with sliced oranges