This fruity kefir smoothie is a great on-the-go, gut-friendly breakfast option. Kefir is a milk drink which has been fermented by lactic acid bacteria and yeasts to provide a natural source of probiotics. Don’t worry if your diet is dairy–free – you can use coconut or water-based kefir instead. Try more breakfasts for a healthy gut.
What are the benefits of probiotics?
olive nutritionist Kerry Torrens says “Probiotic bacteria is key to keeping our gut and immune systems healthy. We can support these helpful bacteria by including probiotic-rich fermented foods in our diet such as kimchi and miso. At the supermarket, check labels for descriptions such as “naturally fermented” or “raw and unpasteurised”. Some brands also add probiotics to products such as yogurt. This recipe will help beneficial gut bacteria flourish, and also include prebiotic ingredients such as bananas and nuts, which supply non-digestible fibres that fuel the bacteria."
1 ripe banana
75g mixed frozen berries
40g whole almonds
1 tbsp maple syrup or runny honey
Put everything into a blender or food processor and whizz until completely smooth. Pour into 2 glasses and serve.