Skip the long wait at the drive-thru and make your own Strawberry Matcha Drink. We whipped up a gut-healthy version with creamy strawberry kefir. Start by pouring a blend of strawberries, ice, and strawberry kefir halfway into a glass, then layer with matcha latte on top. Give it a good stir and enjoy! Strawberries have vitamin C for a strong immune system, matcha has antioxidants that prevent cell damage, and kefir has probiotics that may balance the gut microbiome. Make it for your friends – they will be so impressed with your new-found barista skills.
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. That makes kefir a great wellbeing tool because it contains 12 live and probiotic cultures. 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.
- 3 Frozen strawberries
- 1 cup Strawberry Whole Milk Kefir
- Handful of ice
- 1 scoop of matcha latte with equal parts of water
- Fill cup with water and cut strawberries.
- Blend together strawberries, kefir, and ice. Pour halfway into cup.
- Mix together matcha latte mix and water. Pour on the top half of strawberry blend.