Halloween Time is scary without coffee. Are we right, or are we right? But just because we’re ready for a coffee break doesn’t mean that we’re going to stop our love for pumpkin recipes! Instead, we’re combining the two with our Kefir Pumpkin Cold Foam. This recipe is easy to make; all you do is simply blend our limited edition Lifeway Pumpkin Spice Kefir with canned pumpkin purée, a dab of cream, and your favorite cold brew coffee. The Lifeway Kefir will fill your body with probiotics, protein, calcium, and vitamin D while the coffee should give you that much-needed boost of energy!
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. 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 naturally found in a variety of fiber-rich plant foods. Your body actually can’t digest prebiotic fiber, but it’s 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.
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1/2 cup Pumpkin Spice Lowfat Kefir
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 3 tbsp. canned pumpkin purée
- 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
- cold brew coffee (can work with hot coffee too)
- Whisk together the whipping cream, kefir, and vanilla. Whisk in the pumpkin purée and pumpkin pie seasoning until smooth. Cover and place in the refrigerator until ready to use.
- Fill a glass with your iced coffee or hot coffee. In a blender or food processor pulse 1/2 cup of the pumpkin cream for 10-12 seconds. it should get fluffy and thick.
- Add the thick pumpkin cream on top of your coffee and enjoy!