Looking for a post-workout treat today? Power up with the protein and nutrients in this Raspberry and Cream Smoothie. Indulge in some delicious and clean muscle recovery by blending Lifeway Kefir with raspberries, bananas, maple syrup, protein powder, and collagen. The nutrient-dense fruits in this recipe fortify the drink with fiber, magnesium, vitamin C and deeply nourishing trace minerals and antioxidants. The collagen powder that we used is good for your muscles, skin, and bones and for many, gut health too. We top the smoothie off by adding a few more raspberries and a drizzle of chocolate hazelnut spread over a dollop of coconut whipped cream.
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 that are a source of fiber that are naturally found in a variety of plant foods[b]. 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. Lifeway Oat contains both prebiotics and probiotics for optimal gut and brain health.Prep Time: 2-5 Minutes Servings: 1 - 2
- Add all ingredients to the pitcher of a high-powered blender. Blend on high until smooth, or until desired consistency is reached.
- Pour a small amount of vanilla kefir into the bottom of a glass, pour in raspberry kefir, top with coconut cream, frozen (or fresh) raspberries, and a drizzle of chocolate hazelnut spread (we used Nutella here).