Our digestive tract is one of the hardest working series of organs in our bodies. Day in and day out, it’s working to get some of the nasty, toxic things we ingest out of our bodies. But when it falls behind, it can throw off the balance of our intestinal flora, the bacteria that lives in our intestines. Consuming probiotics like kefir is a great way to make sure the bacteria in your intestines are well balanced. This is my favorite smoothie recipe. It makes quite a bit of smoothie too, so make it a meal or share it with your friends!
You will need:
- 1 cup of blueberries
- 1 cup of raspberries
- 4 large strawberries
- 1 peach, pitted
- 1 shot glass of prune juice
- 1 cup of kefir
Blend all of the ingredients in your blender and enjoy! The amount of water you use will determine the thickness of the smoothie. I personally like a thicker smoothie that you can eat with a spoon. It’ll make you feel full longer. Plus, as a rule of thumb, the more you blend a smoothie, the more oxidation will break down the nutrients. And of course, drinking your smoothie right away will deliver more of the nutrients to your body. Allowing it to sit causes some of the nutrients to break down before you can eat it.
A word of advice on the prune juice: prune juice is a force to be reckoned with, especially if you don’t typically consume prune juice. It’s a great regulator for your intestines, full of fiber, and good for your heart health too. But consuming too much if you’re not accustomed to it can have you running to the bathroom. Also, lots of gas. So take it easy with the prune juice.
A word on the kefir: you can buy yogurt-like, dairy based kefir, or vegan kefir. You can make kefir out of a lot of different things. Your choice. It doesn’t have to be dairy based.
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