We’ve got a gut feeling that you’re going to like today’s Smoothie Saturday recipe because this yummy combination of fruit, spices, herbs, and Lifeway Kefir was formulated with a healthy stomach in mind. Our Lemon Ginger Smoothie starts with Lifeway Plain Unsweetened Kefir, which is bursting with 12 live and active probiotic cultures. This is great because studies have found that probiotics may help balance your gut. We add a tasty blend of pineapples, lemon, turmeric, and ginger to the mix because all of these ingredients have all been connected to digestive health. Your stomach has never been happier.
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.
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 probiotics, 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.
- 3 tbsp. ginger
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 1 cup frozen pineapple
- 2 sprigs of rosemary
- 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 2 tbsp. turmeric
- 1 cup Plain Lowfat Kefir
- 2 oranges, pealed
- Top with grilled lemon slices
- Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
- Top with grilled lemon and orange slices and rosemary sprigs.