Strawberries, peaches, Lifeway kefir, and the adaptogenic root maca are the star ingredients in this scrumptious Strawberry Peach Smoothie. This recipe gives you a double dose of summer fruit, plus heart-healthy flaxseed, strawberry Lifeway Kefir, maca root powder, and a vanilla protein powder for a powerful prebiotic (fiber) and probiotic blend. Whether you’re lounging by the pool, doing chores at home, at work, or recovering after the gym lifting weights, this smoothie has the ingredients you need to relax, max, and drink deliciously this weekend.
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.
- 1 cup frozen peaches
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 scoop maca root powder
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1 scoop greens powder
- 1 cup Strawberry Lowfat Kefir
- 1 tbsp flax seed (or flax meal)
- 1 tsp. honey, maple syrup, or your favorite sweetener
- Blend together all ingredients and enjoy! Feel free to garnish with fresh fruit on top, if you please.