Updated: Jan 6
1/2 cup milk kefir
1/2 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
1 tbsp. melted coconut oil
optional: 1 tbsp. honey or sprinkle of stevia
Blend together and enjoy your quick and easy blend of superfoods that will work on your gut for the next few weeks!
Smoothies are known to be a fantastic way to combine a bunch ingredients together and get something edible tasting.
Being still sick in bed, I knew I needed to digest some protein so my body would have the strength to work on healing itself. The first thing I always think of is raw milk. However, since we were out and it was Sunday, I moved to the next thing in the fridge: kefir (i.e. fermented milk).
Except . . . It's too sour alone for my taste buds to handle. (If you can, props to you!!)
After another search in the fridge, this simple smoothie was born. I blended all the ingredients and read a book on the couch as I sipped the smoothie. Within a few minutes of finishing it, I felt better already!
I now had enough strength to take a shower and a walk.
This recipe will be my gut-healthy go-to, especially if I'm feeling tired, am about to workout, or have the beginnings of any sickness.
Let's take a deeper dive into each of these ingredients so you know why you should drink them:
MILK KEFIR (pronounced "kuh-feer", not "kee-fer")
Being basically fermented milk, kefir contains even so many more vitamins and nutrients than just raw milk. And we all know how amazing raw milk is!
Kefir is said to have over 60 strains of probiotics that will remain active in your gut for up to 2 weeks!
Compare that to yogurt, which only contains about 5-10 strains of probiotics that simply pass through your digestive system. Beneficial yeasts also are contained in kefir, whereas yogurt has only probiotics and no yeasts.
Kefir is also a very rich source of calcium, proteins, magnesium, B vitamins, and antibacterias.
Rich in prebiotics, antioxidants, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, manganese, potassium, and fiber, blueberries have been found to help people with the following:
+ gut repair
+ strengthened metabolism
+ boosted immunity
+ sharper focus
+ lessened dementia
+ reduced blood pressure
+ managed blood sugar
+ fight depression
+ strengthened bones
+ there's more, but do you need any more reasons??
Coconut oil is a rich source of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), a type of saturated fat. If you want to know why you need healthy saturated fats, read my favorite book Eat Fat, Lose Fat .
The MCTs in coconut oil provide a quick supply of energy, as well as having antimicrobial effects. Coconut oil also reduces hunger and satisfies your body since it is a healthy fat.
I'm sure you already know that the fat in coconut oil is amazing for your skin, hair, and nails - and having outward health starts from the inside!
Eating and drinking coconut oil has helped improve my oral health, and I know many others who have had the same experience.
Two more things I really love to point out: many have found coconut oil to reduce Alzheimer's disease and memory loss, and coconut oil acts similar to garlic if you're getting sick - and it tastes a lot better!
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Need any more convincing? Well, you've probably already made the smoothie if you've read all the way down here, but don't forget to tag us on social media if you're on there! Personally, though, I love knowing what's going in my body, so reading all the benefits of the ingredients while sipping on the smoothie is one of my favorite ways to drink it!
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