Our Whipped Hot Cocoa is a modern take on a seasonal classic! It’s a tasty probiotic treat that will keep your spirits high as the weather starts to cool down. Start by whisking together hot water, heavy whipping cream, vanilla, cocoa powder, and sugar in a small bowl. (TIP: pour liquids into the bowl first, then add cocoa powder and sugar) It should only take a minute for the mixture to become soft and fluffy. Pour vanilla kefir into a cold glass and layer on the whipped cocoa. For the finishing touch, drizzle chocolate syrup and sprinkle mini chocolate chips on top. This sweet treat may balance the gut microbiome because our kefir has 12 live and active probiotic cultures. So you can feel good that you’re treating your body right!
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.
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp sugar (granulated)
- 1 tbsp hot water
- 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1/2 cup Vanilla Whole Milk Kefir
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- Whisk together (*tip - add in liquids first, followed by cocoa powder and sugar), cocoa powder, sugar, hot water, heavy whipping cream, and vanilla in a small bowl until super fluffy. Do not overbeat or the cream will start to separate. It will take less than a minute to whip together.
- Add kefir to a cold glass.
- Top the milk with the whipped chocolate.
- Drizzle with chocolate syrup and top with mini chocolate chips if you wish. Stir and serve immediately.