Drink yourself calm this holiday season with kefir. The Take Me Away Sweet Potato Pie Smoothie is loaded with ingredients that studies show may help reduce stress and anxiety. With ingredients rich in magnesium, protein, probiotics, and prebiotics, this gut-healthy blend may be a great way to reduce inflammation and cortisol levels. If you’re in Chicago, you can see our CEO Julie Smolyansky make this smoothie on an NBC segment this December – we’ll share details soon!
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.
- 1 & 1/2 cup Organic Plain Whole Milk Kefir
- 1 roasted sweet potato
- 1/2 cup apple, diced
- 1 frozen banana
- 1-2 tbsp almond butter
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- Blend everything together till smooth and top with pumpkin seeds, apple, broken pie crust crumbles, a little bit of dark chocolate/cocoa nibs