Did you know that the first parade held to honor St. Patrick’s Day took place not in Ireland but in New York City in 1762? Make this healthy shamrock smoothie your new lucky charm 🍀 Energize before St. Patrick’s Day festivities with this earthy blend of matcha green tea, peppermint, fresh spinach, and whole milk kefir. Slàinte mhath!
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.
- 1 cup Organic Plain Lowfat Kefir
- 1/2 tsp peppermint extract / oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 Tbsp fresh mint
- 1/2 tsp matcha green tea powder
- 1 small avocado or 1/2 large avocado
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 cup loosely packed spinach (frozen for colder shake)
- 1 Tbsp cacao nibs, for serving
- Put kefir along with peppermint extract, vanilla extract, fresh mint, matcha powder, kefir cup, maple syrup, and spinach.
- Blend on high, scraping down sides as needed, until creamy and smooth.
- If too thick, thin with a bit more kefir. If too thin, add a little ice.
- Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more peppermint extract for minty flavor, spinach for green color, or maple syrup for sweetness.
- Divide between two serving glasses and garnish with fresh mint and cacao nibs (optional).