Gut health is more serious than you probably think. In fact, health experts refer to the gut as our second brain. Research suggests that there is a strong connection between the gut microbiome, the central nervous system (CNS), and brain function. (1) The gut microbiome contains trillions of bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms that play a vital role in overall health. When we take care of our gut, we may notice a significant improvement in memory, mood, energy levels, and overall well-being. (2)
Benefits of a Healthy Gut
Balancing good gut bacteria will help boost our body’s immunity to sicknesses and ailments, improved nutrient absorption which may aid in weight loss, better digestion, hormone balance, vitamin production, and will help the body rid itself from harmful toxins. This high protein smoothie has two key ingredients that will enhance your gut health.
For this recipe, we’ll be using organic Greek yogurt. Greek yogurt is an excellent source of gut-healthy probiotics. Probiotics are also known as good bacteria and yeasts. These microorganism help replace good bacteria that may have been lost if antibiotics were taken in the past. Antibiotics not only get rid of bad bacteria, but they also attack good bacteria as well which is why replacing the good bacteria is necessary to ensure a healthy balance.
The probiotic that is found in Greek yogurt is Lactobacillus. This is a great strain of probiotic for people who are lactose intolerant.
Fiber; Are You Lacking?
For those who don’t enjoy eating fruits and vegetables, you may be lacking in your fiber intake. It’s no surprise that fiber is a nutrient that most people lack on a daily basis. According to the Institute of Medicine, men should have a minimum daily requirement of 38 grams of fiber per day while women should have a minimum daily requirement of 25 grams per day.
In a single tablespoon of ground flaxseed, you get 4 grams of fiber instantly. Flaxseed has a very neutral taste so adding more to your smoothies will not only thicken it, but you’ll have an easier time hitting your minimum daily requirement in just one smoothie!
Fortunately, this recipe has Greek yogurt, flaxseed, and other healthy ingredients to boost your gut health!
This high protein Greek yogurt smoothie is the perfect snack for active individuals, people who are constantly on-the-go, and for those who want to improve their gut health. A single serving of this smoothie is only about 250 calories which makes it an excellent addition to any weight loss nutrition plan. It has a whopping 33 grams of protein, 8 grams of healthy fat, 11 grams of carbs, and 5 grams of fiber per serving.
A single serving only takes 5 minutes to prepare and you can even reduce that time by measuring the ingredients beforehand. The ingredients for this recipe can easily be found at any grocery store. For best flavor, be sure to buy organic.
In a blender, add ¾ a cup of plain, organic Greek yogurt, ½ a cup of unsweetened almond milk, 1 tablespoon of ground organic flaxseed meal, ½ a teaspoon of cinnamon, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, ½ a scoop of vanilla whey protein powder (isolate or concentrate), liquid stevia, and ½ a cup to 1 cup of ice and blend. When the mixture is smooth, it’s ready to be served.
For individuals who simply don’t have enough time to make a smoothie every single day, we highly recommend adjusting the portions of your ingredients in order to maximize the full capacity of your blender jar. Be sure to properly store any unconsumed smoothie in the refrigerator to avoid spoilage.
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High Protein Greek Yogurt Smoothie for Gut Health (Probiotic-Rich)
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 1 1x
¾ cup plain Greek yogurt
½ cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tbsp flaxseed meal
½ tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ scoop (½ oz) vanilla protein powder
liquid stevia to taste
½ –1 cup ice
- Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Serve immediately.