Gut-Health Smoothie

Total time: 10 minutes
Makes: 1 serving

➜ Maintaining a healthy gut—which is crucial for a strong immune system—requires two types of ingredients: prebiotic and probiotic (see the information at right for more gut-health basics). Prebiotic foods provide fuel for good bacteria in the gut, while probiotic foods provide the bacteria itself. This drink contains three outstanding gut-health ingredients. High in fiber, bananas and kiwifruits are prebiotic powerhouses. And kefir—similar to a liquid yogurt but with more beneficial bacteria—is a probiotic bonanza.

INGREDIENTS :

  • 1 cup chopped kale, packed
  • 1 cup full-fat kefir
  • 1 tablespoon creamy almond butter
  • 1 frozen banana, sliced
  • 1 kiwi, peeled

Directions :

In a blender, combine kale, kefir, almond butter, banana, and kiwi and blend until the mixture is smooth. Serve in a tall glass.

Nutrition Facts :

PER SERVING: 436 calories, 18 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 18 g protein, 189 mg sodium, 58 g carbohydrates, 34 g sugars (0 g added sugar), 8 g fiber

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