Loving the BITE: Attune Foods Probiotic Smoothie (Dairy-Free)

This week, Kelli brings you a fantastic recipe that includes the Dark Chocolate Probiotic Bar from our friends a Attune Foods.  I’m a big fan of this company for many reasons, and one of them is because they use “simple, pure ingredients that help you feel your best every day”.  Attune (and their Uncle Sam brand of products) is also one of the sponsors of our new Loving the Bike kits that have now completed pre-order and will be delivered by mid-June.  If you missed out on the pre-order, look for ordering details coming soon to our Groucho Sports shopping page.

I don’t mean to sound like an advertisement for Attune, but should you not be able to find their dark chocolate probiotic bar in your local stores you can always buy them from Attune online.  For more information on Attune Foods, visit them at www.attunefoods.com.

If you want to make people uncomfortable, start talking about your digestion habits.  Or that of others.  I do it all the time.  And I get those awkward looks.  But, hey, this dietitian happens to love the gut.   To put it simply, it’s the one system in your body that nourishes all the other systems.  See how long your brain and heart work without your gut. Not long.  Want to ride a bike, with all the power and endurance of your dreams?  Better have a healthy gut.  This week, we’ll discover a wonderful non-dairy probiotic product that may be new to you.  And as you Love the Bike, I bet you’ll come to love the gut, too.

Recipe of the Week: Chocolate Banana Coconut Probiotic Smoothie (Dairy-Free)

Ingredients:

  • ½ Attune Dark Chocolate Probiotic bar
  • 1 small frozen banana, cut into chunks
  • ¼ cup canned* or homemade coconut milk + ½ cup water OR ¾ cup refrigerated coconut milk (in carton)
  • 1 Tbsp nut butter
  • 1 cup fresh baby spinach leaves
  • Ice/water, as desired

*If using canned milk, buy Arroy-D or Native Forest to avoid BPA in the cans, which readily leaches into high fat liquids such as coconut milk

Instructions

Mix ingredients in a blender or food processor.  Add more ice or water as needed for desired consistency.

To make into a recovery smoothie, simply add ½ – 1 scoop protein powder, such as hemp, soy, pea or undenatued whey.

Comments

I’m a big-time fan of good bacteria.  Why?  Because I’m a big-time fan of gut health.  I see it as the nutrition gate-way to a healthy body.  Without healthy digestion, foods are not broken down properly, absorbed efficiently, or eliminated when needed.  Without a healthy gut, whole, harmful proteins can invade the blood stream and cause inflammation and immune-function reactions.  Without a healthy gut, immune function is decreased and overall health is diminished.

And healthy bacteria, like the ones found in the Attune Dark Chocolate Probiotic bar in our smoothie, are one key to a healthy gut.  In fact, healthy bacteria have special benefits for athletes.

Benefits of Healthy Bacteria:

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