Before the rest of the world awakens to the spring equinox, embrace the morning stillness with a Zen Garden Smoothie. Filled with nutritious superfoods, this recipe was created to nourish the inner ecosystem. As you place each ingredient in your blender, reflect on how far you’ve come and set intentions for how you plan to blossom during this season of growth. Spinach is a nutritious leafy green vegetable that is high in fiber to benefit your digestive health, vitamin C for immune support, and iron, which helps to make hemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells that transports oxygen to the body’s organs and tissue. Cinnamon, turmeric, and nutmeg all contain powerful antioxidants, which are compounds that protect cells in the body from unstable free radicals. Lemon kefir is a tart and tangy fermented superfood with protein, calcium, vitamin D, and 12 live and active probiotic cultures that may restore balance in the gut microbiome and support immunity. Spring is a time to welcome new beginnings, reset your energy, and center yourself. Quiet the mind, calm the gut.
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.
- 2 cups fresh spinach packed
- 1 cup Lemon Whole Milk Kefir
- 1/2 avocado peeled/pitted, frozen
- 1 frozen medium banana
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp ground turmeric
- 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
- Add all ingredients to a blender and process until smooth.