You may have heard Jamie Lee Curtis blathering on about probiotics and yogurt (don’t get me started on eating yogurt for stomach issues when the yogurt itself is most probably prime suspect numero uno in many cases of bowel discomfort) over the television, or you may have seen them in pill form tucked awkwardly in the refrigerated dairy section of your local grocery store.
But what exactly are probiotics?
Probiotics are live microorganisms that replicate the beneficial organisms found in the human gut which help us digest and process food. Also called “friendly bacteria” or “good bacteria,” probiotics can be found as supplements or in foods such as soy beverages, yogurts, miso, tempeh, and kombucha, an ancient, fermented tea consumed for it’s amazing health benefits. (Honest has recently come out with a great line of kombucha....The "Lemon Ginger" is my favorite and when you purchase a case of it at Whole Foods you get a 10% discount)
Through research, it has come to light that many health issues are related in some way to the process of digestion. Consumption of probiotics on a regular basis play a critical role in improving our digestive health, which is interconnected to every single function in our bodies...In other words, you really are what you eat.
One of my favorite ways to get a daily dose of probiotics is in my morning smoothie.
So Delicious has come out with a coconut milk based yogurt that is not only free from the common allergens (dairy, lactose, soy and gluten), but is also cholesterol free (it's vegan!), an excellent source of Vitamin B12, and contains both pre (prebiotics are food ingredients that selectively stimulate the growth and activity of beneficial microorganisms already in people's colons) and probiotics for "enhanced intestinal health."
They also make a delicious Coconut Milk beverage that I use as the base for my smoothie.
Here's a quick recipe to help you on your way to a better, more healthy digestive system.
Eat Healthy, Stay Happy!
Happy Tummy Fruit Smoothie
1 cup So Delicious coconut milk (I like the vanilla flavored)
1/4 cup So Delicious coconut yogurt
1 handful frozen strawberries
1 handful frozen raspberries
In a blender, add the soft ingredients first, followed by the frozen ingredients. Blend until smooth.