Probiotic Super Smoothie
by Ali Seiter
Probiotic Super Smoothie (Oil Free, Soy Free if using cultured nut milk)
- 1 frozen banana, sliced
- 3/4 cup frozen mixed berries
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 2 scoops Amazing Grass Green Superfoods Powder (or any other protein/green smoothie powder you like).
- 1 tbsp lucuma powder
- 1 cup soy milk kefir
Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until very smooth.
Recipe submitted to Wellness Weekend.
I served this creamy, rich smoothie topped with two chopped Coconut-Oat-Fig Bars that I baked yesterday.
Breakfast Checklist: Protein—soy milk, chickpea flour in fig squares. Whole Grain—gluten-free rolled oats in fig squares. Fruit—mixed berries, banana, dried figs in fig squares. Leafy Green—green foods blend in green powder. “Superfood”—chia seeds, lucuma, probiotic kefir, green powder.
I wholeheartedly enjoyed the flavor of this smoothie, especially the extremely pleasant tanginess of the kefir complemented by the fruity notes of caramel from the lucuma.
So just how super does this Probiotic Super Smoothie prove? Well…
- Bananas provide a great source of potassium, vitamin C, and fiber while providing high energy perfect for eating pre- or post-workout.
- Berries have garnered quite the reputation in the health world as a “superfood” rich in antioxidants, especially vitamin K.
- Chia Seeds earn a slot on One Green Planet’s recent Ultimate Superfood Guide, primarily for their richness in omega-3 essential fatty acids and fiber.
- Amazing Grass Green Superfoods Powder features seven types of whole leaf greens; an “antioxidant blend” that includes the so-called superfoods acai and maca as well as some addititonal veggie power from beets and carrots; and a mix of probiotic cultures plus enzymes to aid digestion and absorption.
- Lucuma offers fiber, beta carotene, iron, niacin, and a creamy dessert-like flavor.
- Finally, soy milk kefir provides loads of beneficial probiotics to break down the components in food for ease of assimilation, offer specific digestive enzymes, and colonize the intestines and colon with the correct type of bacteria (visit Bonzai Aphrodite for more reasons on why you should “eat your beasties!” as Sayward insists).
The only ingredient that could have launched this already astoundingly nutrient-heavy breakfast into the Healthy Smoothie Hall of Fame would be, of course, kale.
In this particular smoothie, you may notice the absence of kale that I feature in my breakfast oatmeal or smoothies, almost every day without fail. I can’t possibly fathom how on earth I allowed my refrigerator to run dry of leafy greens by this morning, but I rationalized by upping the green powder dosage to two scoops instead of one. Even so, I longed for the energizing burst of kale power to course through my veins throughout my morning strength training, elliptical run, and power flow yoga class. Sigh. My body truly cannot function to its optimal level without leafy greens at every meal.
Comment Provoking Questions: From what sources do you get your probiotics? Do you usually include leafy greens in your smoothies?
Until next time, Ali.