These lilac-hued root veggies are a staple in Hawaiian and Asian cuisine for their sweet and nutty flavor. A farm in North Carolina was the first to harvest purple sweet potatoes in the US, bring forth a new trend of adding a colorful twist to everyday recipes. Our magical purple sweet potato smoothie is blended with blackberries, almond butter, and plain kefir. Take a sip of this luxurious superfood concoction for an immune-boosting dose of antioxidants.
What are probiotics?
Probiotics are “good” bacteria. They are live microorganisms similar to the ones already living in your gut and may offer health benefits when consumed in adequate amounts. The word “probiotic” itself is often translated to “beneficial for life.” It is a derived from the Latin word “pro” meaning “for” and the Greek word “biotic” meaning “life.” 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. We’ve discussed before how our brain and gut communicate with each other. Scientists previously thought there was a one-way communication between the brain and the gut, but now realize that it’s a two-way line. Basically, your gut, which is comprised of millions of neurons called the enteric nervous system, is also talking back to your brain. On top of alerting your immune system to foreign invaders, digesting and absorbing nutrients, your gut also produces serotonin. In fact, about 90% of the serotonin in your body is produced by the cells in your gut.
- ½ cup Plain Lowfat Kefir
- 1 cup of purple sweet potatoes chunks steamed and frozen
- ½ avocado
- ½ cup of frozen blackberries
- 1 tablespoon of almond butter
- Optional: add in ½ banana or a couple of pitted dates for extra sweetness
- Add the ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend until creamy and completely smooth. Add extra liquid as desired to reach a less thick consistency.