Blueberry Muffin Probiotic Smoothie

I've been on another health kick lately.

This time around, my cravings went away almost immediately. I'm not struggling with sodas and cookies. I can even say the word 'donut' out loud without wanting to go hide in a corner and die.

I've been a little easier on myself this time around. I learned a few lessons from my last bout with health: extremely low-carb diets are not sufficient to keep you going throughout the day, increasing stress and hormones like cortisol, which actually boost your appetite.

According to Health.com, a low-carb diet just isn't sustainable for most people.

So, that's why I'm making a change, again. This time for "realsies."

There's no plan this time, which makes me feel a little less deprived of all the good things in life. I can eat a cookie here or there if I want to. Or, a blueberry muffin probiotic smoothie, slightly adapted from Iowa Girl Eats' blog, which is friggen delicious, and pretty healthy I might add.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup ice
  • 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1/4 cup milk kefir
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 pearl Power-17
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice/zest
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 whole frozen banana
  • 2 sliced strawberries
  • 1/4 cup raw oats

I like to add the ice cubes first, then milk, milk kefir, turmeric, probiotics, and finally the blueberries, strawberries, banana, and oats.

Probiotic Smoothie

I add turmeric to all of my smoothies as I have major knee and hip problems. Turmeric has been shown to have powerful anti-inflammatory effects and reduce problems from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and other similar diseases. It also might prove helpful for digestive upset.

Probiotic smoothie

The one mistake I made with this smoothie? Adding too many ingredients for my small cup, which, as you can see below, was overflowing. My depth perception never has been great... Makes for a pretty picture though!

Probiotic Smoothie

Probiotic Smoothie Nutritional Analysis

nutritional analysis

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