Wednesday, January 28, 2015
WDW: Probiotic Power Punch!
It's sickie season, and though I usually escape illness fairly well, this season I've gotten a couple of mild colds and a nasty infection.
So, I'm trying to be proactive about eating lots of greens, fresh veggie juices, vitamin and antioxidant rich fruits, and probiotic foods, such as yogurt, kefir, and the like. Probiotics are especially helpful to boost all that good bacteria in your gut (where most of your immune system operates). Today's recipe is a favorite new breakfast that I tweaked from this yummy chia seed pudding recipe (except I sub in maple syrup for the sweetener in the above).
I'm a HUGE fan of raw dairy products, and we are fortunate to have Organic Pastures dairy here in California (and we are fortunate that raw dairy is LEGAL!). My local Sprouts market sells their products, including their raw kefir. Kefir has more probiotics than yogurt, so I buy it often and mix it into smoothies or pour it over some fruit. I decided to blend my love for the chia pudding with my desire to eat more probiotics. The result was smashing! Try it soon!
Kefir Chia Pudding
1 cup raw kefir (or at least use organic, unsweetened if you can't get raw)
2 Tbsp. chia seeds
fresh berries of choice
real maple syrup
toasted coconut, (or granola, nuts, etc.)
In a serving bowl, stir the kefir and chia seeds together. Chill at least 45 minutes.
Top with a drizzle of maple syrup and toasted coconut.