When life gives you lemons, return them and ask for limes so you can make a Matcha Mojito Smoothie. It’s a minty fresh mocktail that’s clean, green, and made with spinach, lime, matcha powder, and our ceremonial matcha #kefir. Spinach is a nutritious leafy green plant that originated in Persia. It’s high in fiber to benefit your digestive health, vitamin C to support immune health, and iron, which helps to make hemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells that transports oxygen to the body’s organs and tissue. Matcha is a potent source of antioxidants that functions in protecting cells in the body from oxidative stress, which is damage caused by free radicals. Our whole milk organic ceremonial matcha kefir is a wholesome and satisfying cultured dairy drink that’s up to 99% lactose free. It has superfood benefits with 10 grams of protein per serving, 25 percent of the daily recommended intake of vitamin D, and 12 live and active probiotics, which are the good bacteria that may balance the gut microbiome and support a healthy immune system. There’s nothing better than a guilt-free, gut-healthy drink. It’s like they always say… mojito mo’ fun! Recipe link in bio.
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.
- 1 fistful of fresh spinach
- 1 cup Ceremonial Matcha Whole Milk Kefir
- 1/2 cup fresh mint
- juice + flesh of lemon (cut the rind)
- 1 tsp matcha powder
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup Ice
- garnish with lime and mint
- Add all ingredients to a blender and process until smooth.