Tropical Fruit Smoothie

Freshly blended yellow and orange fruit smoothie in glass jar with straw. Turquoise blue background, copy space(Serves 2)

When something quick and nutritious can do triple duty as a breakfast drink or the dessert that follows brunch, lunch, or dinner, that’s a home run!  This yogurt smoothie is full of fruit, and comes in at just 290 calories with 62 g of carbs, 5 mg of cholesterol, 2 g of total fat, 8 g of protein, 70 mg of sodium, and 43 g sugar. Adding in uncooked, rolled oats brings in 4 g of fiber and makes it especially filling. Using Greek yogurt makes it a little thicker too, so adjust accordingly with a bit more juice or milk, as needed. Bottoms up!
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Probiotics and Prebiotics: Listen to Your Gut!

Young woman eating yogurt, closeupThere’s been a lot of talk about probiotics those high-fiber foods or supplements that contain live microorganisms said to improve or maintain the body’s “good” garden of microflora (bacteria).

Research is ongoing, but studies have pointed to “gut health” as impacting not only the digestive system, but the immune system as well. A 2016 study published in the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition found that consuming different strains of probiotics over an eight-week period could reduce body weight and BMI, which are two caution areas related to diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers. Studies at Johns Hopkins have revealed an altering of blood pressure when different gut bacteria are produced in mice, rats, and people. Good gut bacteria have also been known to help reduce allergy symptoms, inflammation, and skin issues, like acne. Experts have been looking at the effects of probiotics on mood and stress, too.

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