I’m dreaming of a White Chocolate and Cranberry Smoothie. Just like the ones I used to know. It’s an indulgent and tangy blend of cacao butter, cashews, cranberries, maple syrup, and our probiotic cranberry crème brûlée kefir. Cacao butter is a good source of vitamin E to support brain and skin health; cranberries are an excellent source of vitamin C to support a healthy immune system; cashews are a plant-based protein source with healthy fats, and kefir is a fermented superfood with 12 live and active probiotic cultures to help support a healthy gut microbiome. Top your smoothie with a festive garnish of fresh rosemary and cranberries. May your holiday be gut-healthy and bright!
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 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 system.Servings: 1 - 2
- 2 cups cranberries, fresh or frozen
- 2/3 cup Cranberry Crème Brulee Lowfat Kefir
- 5/8 cup maple syrup
- 1/3 cup coconut cream
- 1 cup cashews
- 3/4 cup cacao butter
- in between layers (add when pouring into the glass) Coconut Honey Whole Milk Kefir
- Blend all ingredients together.
- In a glass, add layers of smoothie, frozen cranberries, and coconut honey kefir.
- Top with rosemary and fresh cranberries.