Practice some culinary fusion this Smoothie Saturday by blending up our probiotic Matcha Horchata. Pronounced or-CHAH-tah, this popular Mexican drink is made with rice, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon. We gave it the Lifeway upgrade by swapping out milk with our vanilla whole milk kefir and adding matcha to the mix for a boost of energy! Matcha is a potent source of antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals. Our organic vanilla whole milk kefir is a superfood cultured dairy drink that’s loaded with protein, vitamin D, and 12 live and active probiotics.
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.
- 1 cup vanilla rice milk
- 1 cup Vanilla Whole Milk Kefir
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp matcha green tea powder
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon + for garnish
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- a pinch of sea salt
- Ice to serve
- Blend everything together (besides the ice). Pour the mixture over ice and enjoy!