Orange you glad it’s National Creamsicle Day? For this special day, we made a Vanilla and Orange Creamsicle Smoothie, a tropical blend of tart and tangy flavors from childhood. *cue ice cream truck music* We used a blend of nutritious ingredients that includes oranges and pineapple for vitamin C to support immune health, and banana for prebiotic fiber to fuel the 12 live and active probiotic cultures in our blood orange whole milk kefir. Add some texture to this dreamy blend by topping your Smoothie Saturday creation with dark chocolate granola and whipped coconut. Cheers!
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 frozen banana
- 1 cup Blood Orange Whole Milk Kefir
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
- 1/2 of frozen orange
- 1-2 scoop vanilla protein powder
- Add all ingredients to a blender and process until smooth.
- Top with dark chocolate granola and coconut whipped topping.