My Kefir ~ L. Reuteri Super Smoothie
Nine times out of ten, I have a kefir smoothie every morning. A cup of coffee and a smoothie has been the norm for me for over twenty-one years. It's super fast and it tastes really good, but since early March I've changed it up a lot with spectacular benefits.
I'm kind of shocked at how much this has changed me and how much I am learning about microbes. I thought I was pretty smart about all of this. I've done tons of hours of research and experiments on my own body for several decades. I keep learning new things and mostly because I love it and I love you. Your questions and your desire to be healthy spur me to learn all I can. Being healthy and happy is an ongoing journey. it's not just about what you eat but how you feel about what you eat. My strong belief in cultured foods and the many things they have helped me heal, and the constant wellness they bring, is enough for me to never stop consuming them. When something makes you well — you pay attention!
I've been singing the praises of red phenol powders and L. reuteri yogurt, but never did I expect to see such changes in my energy and physical being as I have from these few additions to my smoothie. This is my morning ritual along with my daughter. I always double my smoothie to share with her and we drink it together. The rest of my family has it too, but they make their own concoctions of kefir, L. reuteri, and red phenols before they head to work. This is how I know it works for them - they actually make it. The benefits are huge and it's helping them, and making them feel better, or they wouldn't do it. I can talk till I'm blue in the face, but if they don't feel changes it doesn't happen.
Let me explain to you why I add each of these ingredients and why I think it's so important. I usually have kefir every day and simple reds and L reuteri a few times a week. I think once you get a good base of L. reuteri and simple reds you only need it a couple times a week. Even if you only make a kefir smoothie, you are way ahead of the game. I did this for years with huge benefits. This is just a way to supercharge your day. Here are five ingredients I put in my morning smoothies.
Ingredients in My Super Smoothie
Kefir will always be my favorite cultured food and the one with the most benefits. It has the most probiotics of any cultured food - 50+ good bacteria and good yeasts. It's become one of the most important foods I have every day and has helped me keep my blood pressure healthy and my blood sugar too. With 19 anti-inflammatory markers in this powerful food, I don't go without it very often. It has made me healthy and I will be eternally grateful for all the blessings it has bestowed on me. Check out more about this powerful fermented drink. If I could only consume one cultured food, I would pick kefir.
L. Reuteri Superfood Starter
This cultured food has shocked me in so many ways. I didn't really believe them when the studies showed that L. reuteri yogurt increases the hormone oxytocin, but I do now! This hormone, called the love hormone, increases empathy and compassion. L. reuteri takes residence in the entire gastrointestinal tract, and once established it sends a signal through the myenteric nervous system, then through the vagus nerve up to the hypothalamus where it triggers the release of the hormone oxytocin.
I've been seeing huge gains in muscle growth since L. reuteri increases testosterone. I have almost no recovery time or soreness the next day and I'm lifting heavy weights. When I started getting emails from people who were experiencing the same thing, it made me a believer. We have more info on the link.
Berries and I have a love affair. I eat them in the morning in my smoothies and recently began adding a red phenol powder to my smoothies to get even more benefits, and what a difference it has made. Those red pigments in berries keep my skin and heart healthy and load me with energy. Your body and microbes love red phenols. Just try adding this to your morning smoothie and see how much better you feel. Simple Reds brand has organic whole beetroot powder, organic whole cranberry powder, organic goji berry powder, organic whole strawberry powder, and organic apple peel powder which feed the all-important bacteria in your gut called Akkermansia muciniphila. This special bacteria keeps your gut lining intact and is your defense from the outside world. Red polyphenols can help to reduce chronic inflammation and spur the growth of beneficial gut bacteria such as Bifidobacteria.
I always add some kind of frozen fruit to my smoothies. It adds sweetness, feeds my microbes, and fills me up. I mostly use fruits like frozen wild blueberries, strawberries, mangos, pineapple, cherries, persimmons, and bananas. The list changes throughout the year depending on what fruit is in season. Frozen fruit makes the smoothies thick and creamy and very filling. Fruit is one of my favorite ways to feed my microbes. They love all the fibers in fruit and feast on them and then grow and multiply. Berries, and particularly strawberries, are the fifth-best source of vitamin C and they also help regulate your blood sugar. So, many of my mornings are filled with strawberries. They give me a lift and they taste delicious.
Collagen is found everywhere in our bodies and it is most abundant in the skin, bones, tendons, and ligaments. But it also holds our tissues together, providing the skeleton with a sturdy yet flexible structure that we count on every day. I noticed a lot of improvements in my skin, hair, and nails after having collagen every day in my morning smoothies. Even my younger daughter swears by it saying it's the only way her nails will grow and stay healthy. My hair grows like crazy now and it didn't before, and I know it's the collagen because when I stop taking it then it stops. Collagen powders are everywhere nowadays and in many forms. This is the one I take and it has a vanilla flavor that flavors my smoothies that is sweetened with monk fruit. I absolutely love it and have been taking it for many years. There are lots of good brands on the market today and adding collagen is really a game changer. It will make your smoothie rich and creamy too.
Check out The Recipe
Kefir ~ L. Reuteri Super Smoothie
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- Place kefir, L. reuteri, berries, Simple Reds, and collagen in a high-speed blender. Blend until smooth and creamy. You might need to stop and stir and re-start as it blends. The frozen mixture is very thick.
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This is the superfood smoothie I've been having ever morning. I've changed it up and added some new ingredients that have supercharged this smoothie. Tune it to get the recipe and learn more.
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