After a weekend of traveling, all I wanted this morning was one of my creamy balanced smoothie bowls to give my digestive tract a little bit of a reset. No matter how healthy we try to be when we travel, traveling in itself inevitably does a number on our digestive tract. We are exposed to new "bugs" or bacteria out in the world that are different from those found in our daily environment, which means that sometimes our bodies can get a little off track.
Personally, I have found that sticking to a probiotic + hydration regiment when I get back from traveling ( I also take probiotics while traveling) always helps my digestion and gets me feeling a little more like myself. For those of you who may not have jumped on the probiotic train yet, let me tell you that if you struggle with poor digestion, probiotics may be just the thing to get you feeling better. Probiotics are basically the good kind of bacteria that our body needs to help keep our gut healthy. When we add probiotics into our daily health regiment we ultimately are adding more healthy bacteria to aid our body in digestion, and help maintain optimal gut health. There is plenty of scientific evidence out now to show that for gastrointestinal health (especially after a round of antibiotics) probiotics can be incredibly therapeutic. I personally take two high-quality capsules daily and notice a difference in my digestion when I don't.
Since you all know how much I love my all-natural superfoods for adding a healthy dose of added nutritional support to my meals, and how I pretty much sprinkle kunachia seeds on just about anything, I was really excited to find that there is actually a plant based product out there which combines a prebiotic superfood (chia seeds) with probiotics. Genius! Because Chia seeds are among one of the highest plant-based sources of fiber out there, they are perfect for feeding probiotics, and helping them last longer, and ultimately be more effective in our digestive system.
Since I typically add chia seeds to most of my smoothies for added fiber and protein, when I found a kunachia + probiotic product I just replaced the chia seeds I usually put in my smoothie, with the milled kunachia+probiotic and the end result tasted great! The milled chia wasn't detectable at all in my smoothie, and blended in perfectly.
And now after my long ramble about my love for kunachia and probiotics here is this DELICIOUS smoothie recipe.
Chia + Probiotics Superfood Smoothie Bowl
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- 1/2 cup frozen blackberries
- 1 scoop vegan protein
- 1 cup cashew milk
- 1/2 cup coconut water
- 1 tsp matcha powder
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 TB organic chia + probiotics
- 1 TB chia seeds
- 1 TB gluten-free oats
- 1 TB raw cacao nibs
- 1 TB unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 TB almond butter
- 1 TB blackberries/raspberries
- Place all smoothie ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth and creamy, add a little more cashew milk if the smoothie is too thick, or a few ice cubes if you are finding it to be not as thick as you like!
- Pour smoothie into a bowl, and top with recommended toppings.
- Eat and enjoy all the digestive health benefits you are giving to your body!