Yogurts, Greek yogurt, Kefir are just some delish ways to get probiotics into your system. Probiotics are nothing but ‘Good Bacteria’. You can get them in a pill, but getting a healthy dose through foods is far more effective, not to mention satisfying. Kefir made with active, live bacterial cultures is the best source of probiotics. Our body is filled with bacteria, both good and bad! When the bad overpowers the good you may have symptoms of occasional bloating, poor digestion, irregularity, occasional diarrhea. This is where the power of probiotics comes in to heal and replace conditions existing due to bad bacteria overload. Probiotics have other uses as well.
- They restore the disrupted balance of the intestinal tract.
- They produce huge pools of extra anti-bodies, ready to protect and defend against infection.
- They also help decrease the symptoms of yeast infection and improve healing.
- They are a good colon cleanser, which means that bad breath and body odor are also reduced.
- They produce many important enzymes and increase absorption of vitamins and nutrients, especially Vitamin B, Vitamin K, lactase, fatty acids and calcium.
- People taking probiotics have experienced lowered cholesterol.
Kefir smoothies are easy to make. Just blend together kefir with your favorite frozen or fresh fruit and add some agave nectar, honey, or raw sugar to get a delish kefir smoothie. You can also add some flax oil to get some additional omega 3 benefits and some protein powder for some extra protein power.
Makes 2 servings
Frozen or Fresh Fruit (1 cup) Use mangoes, banana, peaches, blueberries, strawberries, kiwi or oranges.
Kefir – 1cup (8 oz.)
Honey or raw sugar – 2 tsp.
Flax oil – 2 tsp. (optional)
Whey protein powder – 2 tsp.
Blend all ingredients together till smooth.
*Variation: Use Agave nectar or Stevia to make this diabetic friendly.