Probiotics are living organisms that are found naturally in foods such as yogurt, kimchi, sauerkraut, miso and kefir. They’re known as ‘good’ or ‘friendly’ bacteria and support digestive health by producing specific enzymes needed in the digestion of food and aiding the breakdown of foods substances. They can also improve the absorption of vitamins & minerals into the bloodstream, and support immunity by stimulating the body’s natural defenses.
In addition, the bacteria may help burn body fat and reduce insulin resistance. So to keep healthy this 2018, consider adding more probiotic foods to your diet. Why not start by trying out this recipe for a probiotic infused Mango Lassi Smoothie!
Described as a cooling yoghurt drink, and popular throughout the Indian subcontinent, Lassi has a number of things to recommend it. First, it is utterly delicious, and secondly as well as being a probiotic, it also helps replenish energy levels, improves bone health, and aids in digestion.
Serves 4 (serving size: about 1 cup)
The night before: Cut and freeze mango.
In the morning: Blend ingredients.
1 1/2 cups 1% low-fat milk
1 cup plain low-fat yogurt
1 tablespoon honey
Dash of ground cardamom
2 cups chopped peeled ripe mango, frozen (about 2 medium)
Combine first 4 ingredients in a blender; pulse to combine. Add mango to blender; process until smooth.
Let us know what you think and if you have noticed the positive effects of probiotics!