The word of the day is probiotic. Say it with me, boys and girls, proh-bahy-ot-ik.
The term references a type of good bacteria, or microorganisms, that may help digestion and offer protection from harmful bacteria. At least, that’s what a nutritionist with the Mayo Clinic says. And, according to the folks at WebMD, these bacteria may also help maintain a healthy immune system — though, conversely, they can be dangerous for someone with a compromised immune system or serious illness.
Probiotic is the word of the day because it’s one of the many good things in Lifeway Kefir cultured milk smoothie. I received a coupon to try one of Lifeway’s products for free, and used it to purchase of a bottle of lowfat blueberry Kefir.
I’ll admit that I was a little hesitant to try it. Kefir is a “cousin” of yogurt and, while I love yogurt and use it to make fruit smoothies all the time, the idea of drinking it straight up just seemed a little strange to me. Warrior woman that I am, though, I bravely poured a glass and took a sip.
I expected it to be very tart and kind of sour tasting. I was wrong. The taste is mild with just a hint of tartness. The blueberry flavor is also mild and, I’m guessing, adds some sweetness to the mix. The consistency is very thick, though not so thick that you can’t drink it through a straw if you’re so inclined.Lots of probiotic warriors working to help the immune system.
Having determined that it wouldn’t induce immediate vomiting and, in fact, was kind of tasty, I decided to use it in my morning fruit and protein smoothie instead of the almond milk I usually add. Into the blender went about ½ cup of Lifeway Kefir, frozen blueberries, a banana, a scoop of protein powder, and some crushed ice. After that was well blended, I added a couple spoonfuls of fat free whipped topping. I always add this to my smoothies because it makes them taste more like a milkshake.I made a smoothie with Lifeway Kefir, frozen blueberries, a banana, vanilla protein powder, and some fat-free whipped topping. Yum!
Oh my! This is good stuff! The I-can-hardly-wait-until-tomorrow-morning-to-have-another-one kind of good. Using the Lifeway Kefir instead of almond milk made my smoothie even creamier than usual and I couldn’t help but imagine all those little probiotic microorganisms as miniature ninja warriors flying through my body to fight injustice and slay evil doers.This was sooooooo good!
I’m hoping that while those warriors are at work, they’ll also take out a few fat cells along the way.
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*I received this product complimentary to test through Influenster’s VoxBox program, but the opinion expressed herein is strictly my own.