There’s nothing better than a chocolate nut butter smoothie if you ask us! Who can resist the flavors of nut butter and chocolate combined, especially when this combo is paired with the amazing Lifeway Kefir, a rich source of probiotics and a good source of protein all in one? We say, enjoy this combo guilt-free and spoil yourself with this delectable gut-friendly treat. This sweet smoothie is a rich and nutty delight that’s made with fresh avocados, a handful of dairy-free chocolate chips, a spoonful of nut butter, and Lifeway Vanilla Whole Milk Kefir. By adding our kefir to the mix, we’re enhancing the flavor while boosting this smoothie with protein, probiotics, calcium, and Vitamin D.
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. Our 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 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 systems.
- 1 1/4 cups Vanilla Whole Milk Kefir
- 1/2 cup Rolled oats
- 1 tbsp. pure maple syrup or your choice sweetener
- 2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp. nut butter of choice (we love a classic natural peanut butter here)
- 1/2 cup dairy-free dark chocolate chips
- 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract or vanilla powder
- 2 cups frozen avocado (or sub 2 frozen banana if you prefer)
- Toppings - granola, nut butter, and blueberries
- Add all the ingredients in the order listed to a high-speed blender. Blend on low for a few seconds, then progress to high and blend until creamy and thick.