Can you get decadent pie flavor without turning on the oven? Yes, pe-can! Get your blender and taste buds ready for our Maple Pecan Pie Smoothie. This recipe may sound like a dessert, but it’s packed with nutrients! With essential minerals from maple syrup, probiotics from kefir, and fiber from flax meal, every sip sends gratitude to your gut! Have your pie and drink it too this Smoothie Saturday by visiting the recipe below.
Your Gut Matters
Eating habits also play a role in mental health. Research has shown that probiotic-rich foods decrease anxiety and boost the mood. That makes kefir a great wellbeing tool because it contains 12 live and probiotic cultures. Psychiatrist James Greenblatt explained that “‘the gut is really your second brain. There are more neurons in the GI tract than anywhere else except the brain.’” As research continues to develop, it’s becoming more and more apparent that there is a link between the gut and the brain. What was once suspected as one-way communication (brain to gut) is now understood to be more of a two-way system. Thus, the health of our gut may directly impact the health of our minds.
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 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 system.
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.
- 2 tablespoon pecans lightly toasted and chopped
- ¾ cup Vanilla Whole Milk Kefir
- ½ cup ice
- 2 tbsp ground flaxseed meal
- 2 maple syrup
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- pinch nutmeg
- Toasted Pecans: toast in a skillet over medium heat until browned (one shade darker than they originally were) and fragrant, about 2-5 minutes.
- Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Top with whipped coconut cream, cinnamon, and chopped pecans.