Tis’ the season for nog and nutrition! If you’re looking for a seasonal sip with benefits, whip up this Probiotic Peppermint Eggnog Smoothie made with Lifeway Kefir. It has some of your favorite festive flavors and baking spices, plus a little kefir to keep your immune system on the Nice List. So spread some holiday cheer and blend a batch of these delicious smoothies for everyone in your house, because good health is the gift that keeps on giving
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.
- 1/2 cup cane sugar
- 3 frozen bananas
- 1 cup eggnog of choice
- 2 cups Vanilla Whole Milk Kefir
- 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp. ginger
- In a blender, blend together all ingredients.
- Top your cup with melted chocolate, and crushed candy canes. top with coconut whipping and cinnamon sticks.