It’s strawberry season! This is our favorite time of the year to visit our local farmers market and come home with a handful of fresh, succulent strawberries. We’re taking these juicy berries and blending them into a delicious Strawberries and Cream Smoothie. This recipe takes a traditional treat and gives it a probiotic spin with our Lifeway Strawberry Kefir. We mix our protein-packed Lifeway Kefir with the strawberries and then add chia seeds, rolled oats, and a touch of vanilla for a luscious, mouthwatering smoothie with a classic, nostalgic taste.
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 Healthier You
Prebiotics are non-living, non-digestible carbohydrates naturally found in a variety of fiber-rich plant 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 systems.Prep Time: 2-5 Minutes Servings: 2
- 2 cups frozen strawberries
- 1 cup of Strawberry Lowfat Kefir
- 1/4 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 tsp. chia seeds
- 1 scoop collagen peptides (or vanilla plant-based protein powder if vegan/vegetarian
- For the white layer, one cup of Organic Whole Milk Vanilla Kefir Vanilla Whole Milk Kefir
- fresh strawberry slices for the jar and top (about 1/2 cup total)
- Blend together the frozen strawberries, strawberry kefir, oats, chia seeds, cinnamon, vanilla, and collagen or protein powder.
- In a glass jar, pour in a cup of Lifeway Organic Whole Milk Vanilla Kefir.
- Add strawberry slices into the sides of the jar if desired, then pour in the prepared strawberry smoothie on top for the white layer.
- Garnish with more fresh strawberry slices, if desired.