With all the hubbub of the holidays, we wanted to take a moment to slow down. We’ve created a simple, soothing treat that’s simply made by blending five easy ingredients. With each sip of our yummy Maple Smoothie, you’ll be boosting your body with probiotics and protein thanks to Lifeway Kefir. You’ll also be loading up on potassium and soluble fiber rom the banana, plus vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants from a scoop of oats. It’s the perfect respite before the shopping, socializing, and celebrating of this busy season.
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.Prep Time: 2-5 mins Servings: 1
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 cup Vanilla Whole Milk Kefir
- 1 banana
- 1/4 cup oats
- Blend together all ingredients. Top with sliced almonds, hemp seeds, and oats.