Strength takes guts. Refuel your confidence and gorgeous muscles with our snickerdoodle plant protein smoothie! This vegan blend uses pea protein from our probiotic Plantiful and Tone It Up‘s vanilla protein powder to sustain your energy after a workout.
Like ginger and turmeric, cinnamon is a readily available spice that has been used medicinally by eastern cultures for centuries. It’s an anti-inflammatory that is high in antioxidant polyphenols. Even more, it contains cinnamaldehyde, a compound that kills bacteria and acts as an agricultural fungicide! And you thought it was just tasty in cookies.
While cinnamon is still being studied by medical professionals, recent findings show that cinnamon:
- May lower blood sugar levels in individuals with diabetes
- May reduce total cholesterol and lower LDL levels
- Is linked to a reduced risk of heart disease
- May reduce inflammation in the body
- May reduce fasting blood sugar levels and increase insulin sensitivity
- Supports digestion and helps eliminate intestinal gas
To help fight off the common cold this holiday season, mix cinnamon with kefir! There are so many great things we can say about kefir, especially when it comes to improving and supporting overall health. The probiotics found in our kefir may help support digestion and regularity, and may also help support immunity.
Your Gut Matters
Eating habits also play a role in mental health. Research has shown that probiotic-rich foods decrease anxiety and boost the mood. Psychiatrist James Greenblatt explained that “‘the gut is really your second brain. There are more neurons in the GI tract than anywhere else except the brain.’” As research continues to develop, it’s becoming more and more apparent that there is a link between the gut and the brain. What was once suspected as one-way communication (brain to gut) is now understood to be more of a two-way system. Thus, the health of our gut may directly impact the health of our minds.
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.
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.
Plantiful is a vegan-friendly probiotic beverage with 10 grams of protein per serving and 10 live and active cultures. This delicious and creamy plant-based line is made with all organic ingredients and is free from dairy, gluten, and soy, to keep your gut nourished and loved!
- 1 cup Plantiful Coconut Vanilla
- 1 scoop TIU Vanilla Protein Powder
- 1 handful ice
- 2 medjool dates pitted
- 1/4 cup rolled oats
- 1 tbsp cashew butter
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Place all ingredients into a high-powered blender. Blend on high until smooth, or until desired consistency is reached.