Bust out your blender to make our tasty Metabolism Supporting Smoothie. We hand-selected fresh ingredients to create a smoothie that supports energy levels (a.k.a your metabolism), which is the body’s process of turning food into sustainable energy. The foundation of the smoothie is our Coconut Honey Whole Milk Kefir, which may aid in managing a healthy weight because it has 11 grams of protein, which increases satiety and reduces hunger cravings throughout the day. Our kefir features 12 live and active probiotic cultures that may restore balance in the gut microbiome and reduce inflammation occurring in the body, as another benefit you might enjoy. If you’re vegan and dairy-free, we suggest using Lifeway Oat Plain, our organic gluten-free, and non-GMO vegan cultured oat milk with live and active cultures. It’s a delicious, creamy alternative to our kefir and comes with the benefits of being 100% dairy-free gluten-free, and vegan.
Lifeway kefir and Lifeway Oat are both healthy choices, no matter what you prefer. The other metabolism-supporting ingredients in this smoothie include green tea, which is high in antioxidants and powerful phytochemicals, plus pineapple and grapefruit, which both have fiber and enzymes to aid in digestion and both help to keep hunger at bay. The spinach we used here is a natural source of iron to carry oxygen to the muscles, along with folate for a healthy brain, and the bananas in this recipe have prebiotic fiber (so does Lifeway Oat!) to fuel the probiotics. Vanilla protein powder is the last addition and helps aid in building lean muscle tissue, stabilizing blood sugar levels, and helping to keep you more satisfied and energized.
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. Lifeway Farmer Cheese is also a great source of all these nutrients, just in a different format for all the cheese lovers out there.
Prebiotics + Probiotics = A Healthier You
Prebiotics are non-living, non-digestible carbohydrates naturally found in a variety of fiber-rich plant foods. Your body doesn’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. This is why Lifeway Oat is so beneficial since it is the only organic, cultured oat milk beyond just another standard oat milk. Lifeway Oat contains prebiotic fiber and probiotic cultures to help support a healthier body and brain, which means an overall healthier you.
- 1/2 cup brewed green tea, cooled beforehand (keep it in the fridge)
- 1/2 cup Coconut Honey Whole Milk Kefir
- *or if vegan/ dairy-free sub in Plain Oat
- 2 cups spinach, frozen
- 1 banana, frozen
- 1 grapefruit, frozen into slices, preferably beforehand
- 1 cup pineapple, frozen
- 1 cup of ice
- 1 scoop of vegan vanilla protein powder of choice
- Add all ingredients to a blender and process until smooth and creamy. Use extra ice if you want it thicker, or less if you want it thinner. The more frozen ingredients you use, the less ice you'll need.