Livin’ la vida mocha! Because what’s life if it’s not a little wild and crazy? This #SmoothieSaturday, we’re combining our morning cup of java and glass of cherry #kefir in a blender to create a Mocha Cherry Smoothie. The sweetness of the chocolate and cherries balances out the bitter notes of the coffee. It’s refreshing and will keep you energized for the rest of the day. Coffee contains antioxidants, essential nutrients, and caffeine. The stimulant, caffeine, blocks the inhibitory transmitter adenosine and in turn increases the levels of norepinephrine and dopamine, which are neurotransmitters that play a part in the brain’s pleasure and reward center. This explains why people experience a spike in energy when they drink beverages with caffeine in them. Cherries are packed with nutrients, especially vitamin C for immune support, and antioxidants, which protect cells in the body from damaging free radicals. Kefir is a tart and tangy fermented superfood with protein, vitamin D, and 12 live and active probiotics, the beneficial bacteria that may restore balance in the gut microbiome. Top your smoothie with a beautiful garnish of whipped cream, fresh cherries, and a sprinkle of coffee grounds. You’ll love it so much that you’ll ask, where has this smoothie bean all my life?
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 frozen banana
- 1/2 cup frozen cherries
- 1/4 cup cold brew coffee
- 1/2 cup Cherry Lowfat Kefir
- 2 tbsp chocolate protein powder
- 1 tbsp almond butter
- Add all ingredients to a blender and process until smooth. Top with coconut whipped cream and enjoy!