Many of you already know that Green Smoothies are my go-to for breakfast, snacks, and/or pre and post workout fuel. They are easy to make, taste delicious, and are packed with nutrition!! Lately, I’ve been experimenting with adding kefir to my smoothies. Kefir is SO GOOD for the skin!
Kefir is a low-fat cultured dairy food rich in calcium and protein. It is somewhat similar to yogurt in taste and appearance, however, kefir is made with 12 different live & active cultures, and it’s cultured for 14 hours, giving it a higher probiotic count than yogurt and an effervescent, tangy flavor. There are up to 10 billion units per serving!
When these friendly bacteria proliferate, we experience:
- healthy skin
- weight loss
- increased immune response
- better digestion and healthy bowel movements
This is because these little sentient beings are constantly producing enzymes, B vitamins, and other nutrients that support a healthy internal environment. Internally, your “gut” or intestinal system is your line of defense in keeping the skin healthy and vibrant, and your immune system strong. Skin issues are often related to what is going on inside our gut. The ratio to healthy and unhealthy bacteria in the intestine is said to be best at 80/20. When this is in check, rest assured the body will thrive. (source) Adding 1 cup of kefir to your daily smoothies will work wonders to restore the healthy bacteria in the get and your skin will be glowing as a result!
In 2003 a study of over 100 children from families with a history of eczema also found a benefit from probiotic supplementation, and just last year a study noted that daily supplements of probiotic foods may reduce the risk of eczema in children by 58 percent. Indeed, a study published in 2008 found that children with only a limited variety of bacteria in their intestines one week after birth are more likely to develop eczema by the age of 18 months. It’s thought that giving an infant probiotics (good bacteria) helps to stave off eczema and other allergic diseases by beneficially altering the early colonization of bacteria in their gut, which may help the child’s immune system to develop and mature. It may be through a similar mechanism that probiotics help other skin conditions as well. (source)
My favorite way to take probiotics is to add kefir to my smoothies. I use plain Green Valley Organics brand which can be found at your local health food store. I am partial to Green Valley Organics since I always strive to use organic animal products.
To make this delicious, probiotic rich smoothie you’ll need:
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 2 large handfuls spinach
- 1 cup plain kefir like Green Valley Organics
- 1 dropperful NuNaturals Vanilla Stevia
Simply blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth. I use a VitaMix which is an amazing, state of the art, professional grade high speed blender. They are the ONLY blender that will give you the creamy consistency that you desire. I love, love, LOVE my VitaMix and highly recommend investing in one if you are ready to make serious changes to your diet. I have had mine for almost 5 years and use it daily! If you’re not ready to drop that kind of cash, I also like Hamilton Beach which makes some great budget friendly blenders that you can get at your local Walmart or Target.
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