Mom’s cookies were never this healthy! For this week’s Smoothie Saturday recipe, we’re taking a baked winter treat and converting it into something more nourishing. With probiotic kefir, prebiotic cauliflower, and spices to aid digestion, our Snickerdoodle Smoothie is a gut-healthy way to celebrate the holiday season. This nostalgic blend reminds us that this truly is the most wonderful time of the year!
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.
- 3 pitted large Medjool dates
- 1 cup Holiday Cookie Lowfat Kefir
- 1 tbsp cacao powder
- ¼ cup gluten free rolled oats
- ¾ cup frozen cauliflower
- 1 tbsp tahini
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- Blend everything together and enjoy!