Green Machine: A Probiotic and Prebiotic Smoothie

I've never been much of a fan of the green smoothie, but this prebiotic smoothie is pretty good.

I'm lying, I thought it was terrible. I think all green smoothies are terrible, and probably will never change my mind. But I finally forced myself to drink it all because, gosh darnit, it's good for me.

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 cup milk kefir
  • 1/4 cup spinach
  • 4 slices of apple
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1 tsp peanut butter
  • 1 sliced celery stalk
  • a few sliced cucumbers
  • sliced banana
  • half of an avocado
  • 1 tsp sunflower seeds
  • 1 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 Power-17 pearl

Blend all of the ingredients together and enjoy (or not)! If you don't enjoy, sorry for the horrible smoothie recipe, but know that you just got a massive dose of prebiotics (almost half your daily recommended serving) in one small cup.

Something I'm starting to learn about food -- it's not necessarily meant to taste as good as Chik-fil-a fried chicken with honey mustard, a side of fries, and a sweet tea. This, like an extremely low-carb diet, is not sustainable, unless you're one of those people that can eat anything and not gain weight.

What I love about this smoothie, and what in the end was the driving force for drinking it, was the fact that it is naturally loaded prebiotics from the celery, apples, cucumber, banana, and avocado.

Without our gut bacteria, prebiotic foods are otherwise undigestible. You might be confused as to what the differences between prebiotics and probiotics are. Basically, prebiotics feed good bacteria and encourage their growth. They are just as necessary in maintaining the sensitive balance of bacteria in your gut as probiotics are! So, go feed your gut bacteria! If you find a way to make this smoothie taste a little less gross, let me know!

Prebiotic Smoothie Nutritional Analysis

nutritional analysis

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