Berry Effervescent Smoothie

Why is this shake great for digestive health?

Yogurt contains live active cultures AKA probiotics. These microorganisms help aid in digestion and offer a variety of other health benefits. An important ingredient is the apple cider vinegar, which is fermented apple juice containing natural probiotics. In addition to this, there is evidence based support that apple cider vinegar helps stabilize blood sugar. This is especially helpful for type 2 diabetics trying to keep their blood glucose within normal limits.

The fresh fruit and organic dates are prebiotics. These contain non-digestible fibers that feed the gastrointestinal microbiome that reside in our gut! When probiotics and prebiotics combine, they work synergistically. These “good bacterium” are being studied for their effectiveness and safety in many diseases such as IBS, IBD (Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s), neutropenia, cancer, and heart disease.

Berry Effervescent Smoothie

Prep Time: 2 mins
Cook Time: 5 mins
Yields: 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup Plain Greek non-fat yogurt (I like Chobani-but you can choose any yogurt that contains S. Thermophilus, L. Bulgaricus, L. Acidophilus, Bifidus & L. Casei)
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 cup organic strawberries
  • 1 tbsp organic apple cider vinegar (*This product naturally contains probiotics-see additional benefits below)
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup nut milk, coconut milk or purified water
  • 2-3 large ice cubes

Directions

  1. Mix all ingredients except the dates. Add additional liquid as needed for the perfect consistency.
  2. Chop dates and add last for a sweet chewy topping

Sarah Jackson

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist I am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist living in Los Angeles. My academic career began at UC Riverside, where I earned a degree in Psychology. After falling in love with nutrition, I went back to school to earn my second bachelors degree in Nutrition Dietetics. I completed my dietetic internship through Oakwood University, which had a focus in medical nutrition therapy. I am currently in my graduate program working to attain a masters degree in Applied Nutrition. Professionally, I work as a clinical dietitian but love to spend my free time cooking & creating nutritious recipes. I am a Southern California native originally born in the San Fernando Valley. I am truly passionate about food and it’s unique ability to prevent and treat nutrition related diseases. Having suffered from digestive issues my entire life, I have witnessed first hand how powerful nutrition modification can be. I hope share my knowledge with others and help spread Hippocrates message of: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”.

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