We could all use a little more of the “beneficial bacteria” in our bodies — you know, the probiotics. These helpful and healthful microorganisms aid in everything from digestion to allergy relief to improved immune-system function. And there are a myriad of ways to get your good bacteria. Guess what’s one of favorites? Smoothies! Here are 5 delicious ways to make probiotic smoothies.
1. Unsweetened Yogurt
Swap the milk in your smoothies for yogurt, which can improve the symptoms of bloating. It is pre-digested and the milk-sugar is already broken down, making it easier for the body to handle it. Avoid low-fat or high sugar content brands. Plain yogurt is delicious and more nutritious and there is no use for added sugars when you can add sweetness to your smoothie by adding fresh fruit or a drizzle of honey.
2. Probiotic protein powder
When you up your intake of increase of protein, fiber, probiotics and living, fermented foods you can start to curb cravings and sugar intake, a key element of losing weight. Find a protein powder that delivers protein, probiotics, prebiotic soluble fiber and digestive enzymes in an easily mixable form that helps balance the good and bad bacteria in our digestive tract.
Try this: Blueberry Pre- & Probiotic Smoothie
- 1 scoop protein powder
- 8 ounces unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 2 ounces of plain kefir or yogurt
The probiotics in kefir can help normalize digestive troubles, and one 8-ounce serving of kefir delivers up about 20 percent of your daily calcium needs, as well as good amounts of vitamin B12, biotin and phosphorus along with a whopping 10.5 grams of protein. Those who are lactose intolerant have an easier time digesting kefir.
Try this: Detox Probiotic Kefir Smoothie
4. Coconut Yogurt or Kefir
Coconut yogurt is full of good gut-friendly bacteria and dietary fiber. It does not contain protein like cows milk yogurt does; but it does have medium-chain fatty acids. The extra fat will help keep you feeling satisfied, but if you miss the protein, add some protein powder or 1-2 tablespoons of chia seeds, which will make the smoothie even thicker.
Add a serving of kombucha to your next smoothie for a dose of healthy bacteria and probiotics. The enzymes and antioxidants in this fermented tea support the immune system and promote a healthy digestive system.