You’re not going to be-leaf how yummy today’s recipe is. We’ve mixed leafy spinach with sweet strawberries, and probiotic Lifeway Kefir into a tasty, salubrious smoothie.
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 Healthy You
Prebiotics are non-living, non-digestible carbohydrates naturally found in a variety of foods. Your body actually can’t digest probiotics, 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.
- 1 cup loose-leaf spinach
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 cup Strawberry Lowfat Kefir
- 1 tbsp. raw almond butter
- 1/2 cup frozen mango or pineapple for sweetness
- 1/2 cup ice
- 1 tsp. flax or chia seeds
- Garnishes of choice: e.g. fresh strawberry slices, slivered almonds/sliced almonds, and/or hemp seeds
- Add all the ingredients in the order listed to a high-speed blender, then blend until thick and creamy. Add any garnishes you wish. Fresh strawberries and slivered almonds are nice!