The scientific community discovers that good bacteria in our gut are linked to many health conditions like obesity, asthma, acne, etc. Having the right balance of these healthy gut bacteria in our gut may be the key to overall health and wellness. Try this delicious pre and probiotic strawberry banana smoothie recipe for a healthy gut and promote overall health and wellness.
Pre and Probiotic Strawberry Banana Smoothie recipe:
Preparation: Peel the banana. Wash strawberries thoroughly to get rid of all the dirt and any pesticide residues. Put in a blender, add protein and inulin chicory root powder, add ice, and water and blend it until all smooth. Divide into two portions and enjoy as a healthy and therapeutic refreshing drink. This smoothie can be a healthy addition to the breakfast meal or afternoon snack. Eat with intention, responsibility, and confidence!
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NutriPledge Food Rating and Therapeutic Health Benefits:
This healthy and delicious strawberry and banana smoothie recipe is rated as Yellow Dot, Healthy Balance food in our food rating system (Food Coach). Our yellow dot-rated foods make a healthy snack or a healthy addition as a side dish to any main meal. This recipe has below healthy qualities that are known to promote good health and wellness.
- Moderate in calories per serving (250 Cal)
- A healthy balance of carbohydrates (49 g), fat, protein (15 g), and dietary fiber (11 g)
- Contain zero trans fat
- Low in sodium (90 mg (4% DV)
- No added sugars
- Great source of calcium (20% DV)
- Great source of potassium (15% DV)
- Great source of health-promoting pre and probiotics
- No food additives, artificial flavor, or color
Health Benefits: This smoothie recipe provides about 1.5 cup fruit and .5 cup dairy on MyPlate equivalents. It is an excellent source of vitamin C (113% of daily value) and dietary fiber (40% daily value) and a good source of manganese (28% of daily value) and calcium (20% of daily value). Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps boost the immune system and prevent our body from so many diseases by protecting our cells from harmful molecules known as free radicals. Additionally, dietary fiber, manganese, and calcium will help managing weight, regulating blood sugars, and improve bone health. Inulin from chicory roots and banana in the recipe provides healthy prebiotic soluble fiber to promote gut health by feeding beneficial gut bacteria. Probiotics from the yogurt will promote healthy bacteria in the gut, and prebiotics from fiber will help feed these bacteria to thrive.
Dietitian Nutritionist Recommendation:
This delicious and healthy pre and probiotic strawberry banana smoothie recipe can be a healthy and delicious addition to your daily diet. Yogurt-based recipes are a good source of healthy probiotics that promote digestion and gut health, and overall health and wellness. Be mindful about the serving size because it is a very high fiber source (11 grams) per serving.
Caution: A diet rich in fiber is essential for keeping the digestive system healthy and reducing the risk of heart problems, diabetes, and obesity. However, eating an extremely high fiber diet can cause uncomfortable gastrointestinal distress and related side effects. The optimal amount of fiber varies based on an individual’s age, gender, and health conditions. Our Food Coach recommends 1.4 – 5 grams of fiber per 100-125 calories on a generally healthy diet.
Note: Look for yogurts with lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium strains to promote gut health. These healthy bacteria strains are associated with a lower risk of ulcerative colitis disease, celiac disease and may also help with metabolic disorder-related obesity. You can also make your yogurt at home by using a good bacteria culture yogurt.
Disclaimer: Please note that this page is not medical advice. This can only be used as general guidance to a healthy and balanced diet for your health and wellness. This food does not ensure an adequate or inadequate and safe level of intake for a single person. Please consult your health care provider and check out our Medical Nutrition Therapy services for the diet plan that is right for you!