Sneak a little carrot into your next smoothie recipe with our Strawberry, Carrot, and Pineapple Smoothie! This smoothie contains prebiotic fiber to fuel the probiotics in Lifeway Kefir, which is a protein powerhouse as another bonus you get in this smoothie. Furthermore, this recipe is loaded with vitamins; strawberries and pineapples are both packed with vitamin C and vitamin B6 while carrots are loaded with vitamin A and vitamin K1. Lifeway Kefir adds a hefty portion of vitamin D, plus the mineral calcium and vitamin B12. So get that blender revved up and pour yourself a glass of goodness!
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. Lifeway Farmer Cheese is also a great source of all these nutrients, just in a different format for all the cheese lovers out there.
Prebiotics + Probiotics = A Healthier You
Prebiotics are non-living, non-digestible carbohydrates that are a source of fiber that are naturally found in a variety of plant foods[b]. 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. Lifeway Oat contains both prebiotics and probiotics for optimal gut and brain health.Prep Time: 5 mins Servings: 2
- 1 cup plain Lifeway Organic Whole Milk Kefir or Vanilla Whole Milk Kefir
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 cup frozen pineapple
- 5-6 baby carrots
- 1/2 a fresh banana
- 1 1/4 cup cold water (or 1 cup if you want it really thick)
- Garnish: shredded coconut, shredded carrot, and fresh strawberry slices
- 1. Add all the ingredients to a blender, and blend until thick and creamy.
- 2. Top with shredded coconut, shredded carrot, and fresh strawberry slices as a garnish, or granola, sliced almonds, etc.