Just puddin’ this out there: Dessert is better when it’s loaded with #protein and #probiotics. So for #NationalNuttyFudgeDay, we’ve created a treat that will appeal to your sweet tooth, your muscles, and your gut. With 12 live and active cultures, our Lifeway Vanilla Kefir is an easy way to fortify your food with probiotics. This #recipe is so easy to make! First, we blend our Lifeway Kefir into a mixture of dates, almond butter, rolled oats, and cacao nibs. This creates a perfectly creamy pudding. Next, we rest the pudding over a bed of mixed nuts for a little crunch and some extra nutrients. Ready to indulge? Head over to our bio for the link to the recipe.
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.
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.
- Stir chia seeds with 1/2 cup of Lifeway Oat in a bowl and add the dates, vanilla almond and other nut butter, and oats. Cover and place in the fridge for at 3-4 hours.
- Scoop the mixture in your blender with the cacao nibs, the other half of Lifeway vanilla oat or kefir, and blend until fully smooth and creamy. Add more Lifeway oat or kefir as needed to keep the pudding thick.
- In small pudding containers Layer in nuts and chia pudding.
- Refrigerate in a sealed container until chilled. The probiotic mixture will thicken a bit more as it sits.
- Top with coconut cream, cacao nibs, and nuts.