Better than a bread bowl, our Mango and Cabbage Salad mixes a medley of fruits and veggies and serves them in a crunchy, leafy vessel made from our favorite purple plant. This salad is loaded with nutrients, but it’s our Lifeway Plain Kefir that really brings it to the next level with a nice dose of both protein and probiotics. This recipe blends Lifeway Kefir with ginger, vinegar, sriracha, and a few other ingredients to create a bold, delicious dressing. Who knew good health could taste so delicious? Give it a try and let us know what you think!
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 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 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.
- 2 cups shredded kale
- 1/2 shredded carrots
- 1/2 cup sliced cucumber
- 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
- 1 cup julienned red bell pepper
- 1 tsp sesame seeds
- 2 mangos, sliced
- 1 head of purple cabbage, use outsides for the salad bowl, shred the middle of the cabbage for the salad
- 1/2 cup creamy nut butter
- 2 large roasted garlic cloves
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 1/4 cup Plain Lowfat Kefir
- 2 tsp rice wine vinegar
- 1/2 inch peeled ginger
- 1 1/2 tbsp sriracha
- Combine all dressing ingredients in food processor and blend until smooth.
- Combine all ingredients into the outside of the cabbage.
- Serve with dressing.