Smoothies are an exceptional way to pack a ton of nutrition into a quick, yummy package. I turn to them frequently on less-than-stellar-eating days to amp up my nutrient count in a late-afternoon snack, or to bolster my kids’ meals when all they want to eat off their plates is the starchy, beige carbohydrate. They’re also a great way to get the probiotics into the whole family.
Here, I’m offering you two of my recent favourite blends.
The first is a creamy, protein-rich Tahini-Date Smoothie that tastes just like a milkshake. Tahini adds protein, calcium, and heart-healthy phytosterols and is a welcome departure from the old almond or peanut butter standbys. The banana offers prebiotic fibre that feeds the healthy bacteria contained the Bio-K, and the cinnamon brings warmth as well as antioxidants. It’s comfort in a glass, a near-dessert that you can feel good about.
The second is a Carrot-Mango-Ginger Smoothie, a vibrant orange, vitamin-loaded power beverage. Mango and carrots both pack a vitamin A wallop, and turmeric is lauded for its anti-inflammatory properties. Ginger, too, may have anti-inflammatory benefits, as well as being a stomach-soother – a good breakfast add-in for those who feel a bit queasy and not very hungry in the early hours. The result is a refreshing smoothie that feels clean and light – sometimes I prefer that over a creamy option.
What’s your choice? Which glass would you reach for?
1. Tahini-Date Smoothie Recipe
1 container of original Bio-K
¾ cup milk of choice (dairy or non-dairy)
1 frozen banana, halved
1 tbsp tahini
¼ tsp pure vanilla extract
⅛ tsp ground cinnamon
Combine all ingredients in blender container in the order listed. Blend on high speed for 45-60 seconds until completely smooth. Yields about 2 cups (500 mL), serving 1 or 2.
Thank you to Bio-K+ for this recipe and
their partnership with the Lolë White Tour!
Bio-K+ probiotics help to promote and maintain a healthy lifestyle!
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