Look on the bright side and celebrate life with a Red Velvet Smoothie. We scoured the fridge for red ingredients with the determination to concoct red velvet cake in smoothie form. Our recipe is a delectable, dreamy treat that’s tart, tangy, and a tad sweet. The dark red cherries and pomegranate have antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, juicy strawberries have vitamin C, and our creamy organic whole milk vanilla kefir has 12 live and active probiotic cultures that may balance the gut microbiome. We threw in some spinach to get in our daily greens, plus it adds vitamin K to the mix. Spoon whipped frosting on top and garnish with a sprinkling of pomegranate seeds and a strawberry. It takes guts to endure 2020, which is why you should treat yourself with a smoothie.
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.
- 1 cup Vanilla Whole Milk Kefir
- 1 cup frozen dark red cherries
- 1/2 cup frozen pomegranates
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1/2 cup spinach
- 1 can full-fat coconut milk, refrigerated overnight (cream rises to the top)
- 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
- 4 tbsp Organic Plain Whole Milk Kefir
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Blend together all ingredients, set in freezer while making whipped topping. (it wont sit in there long, but just to keep a good consistency).
- Whipped Topping: Open the can of cold coconut milk and scrape off the solid white layer and place in a mixing bowl and beat with maple syrup, kefir, and vanilla extract. Chill until ready to use and whisk before serving.
- Top the smoothie with the coconut whipped kefir and a sprinkling of frozen strawberries.