Smoothies are not only delicious and refreshing, but they are a great way to incorporate essential nutrients into your diet. Today, we're excited to share a fun smoothie recipe called the Cottage Berry Smoothie, packed with wholesome ingredients and the added benefits of just better.® Prebiotic Fiber.
Smoothies gained traction in the 1960s and 70s during the health food movement when natural and nutritious foods became increasingly popular. Smoothie bars and health food stores started incorporating these vibrant concoctions into their menus, offering customers a delicious and convenient way to consume a variety of fruits, vegetables, and other wholesome ingredients in one refreshing drink.
Today, smoothies have become a mainstay, enjoyed by people of all ages as a delicious and nutritious way to fuel their bodies and support overall well-being. With their versatility, convenience, and potential for incorporating numerous health-boosting ingredients, smoothies continue to be a popular choice for a quick and nourishing meal or snack.
Our recipe today uses cottage cheese! Some of you have been using cottage cheese in smoothies all along, but for others, this may be a new concept. Before you squint your eyes, raise those eyebrows, tilt your head, or make a Mr. Yuck face, give it a chance! ;-)
Cottage cheese is certainly enjoying its time in the spotlight —and for good reason! Cottage cheese isn't just a tasty addition to your smoothies; it also boasts an array of health benefits that will leave you feeling nourished and energized!
Cottage cheese is a rich source of essential nutrients, including calcium, phosphorus, and B vitamins, which promote strong bones and aid in metabolism. Packed with high-quality protein, cottage cheese supports muscle growth and repair, making it an excellent choice for athletes and fitness enthusiasts.
Cottage cheese can help you feel fuller for longer, making it a smart choice for those seeking sensible weight management solutions.
A word on live culture and cottage cheese.
When selecting your cottage cheese, make sure it is a whole milk variety and has live cultures.
Live cultures, also known as probiotics, are beneficial bacteria that promote a healthy gut microbiome. These live cultures aid in digestion, support immune function, and improve nutrient absorption.
By incorporating cottage cheese with live cultures into your smoothie, you introduce these beneficial bacteria to your digestive system, helping to maintain balanced gut flora.
Not only does it bring a creamy texture and added flavor to your smoothie, but cottage cheese also provides an extra boost for your gut health.
Happy gut, happy life!
Opting for whole milk cottage cheese with live cultures ensures you're maximizing the nutritional benefits of this ingredient in your Cottage Berry Smoothie.
Let's dive into the recipe and learn how to prepare this delightful and nutritious beverage!
Cottage Berry Smoothie Recipe:
½ to ¾ Cup Whole Milk Cottage Cheese with Live Cultures
½ Cup Unsweetened Coconut Milk (or milk of choice)
½ Cup Frozen Blueberries
½ Cup Frozen Raspberries
¼ Teaspoon Cinnamon
2 Tablespoons just better.® Prebiotic Fiber
Add your favorite protein powder or super greens! (This may require added water.)
Gather all the ingredients.
In a blender, add the cottage cheese, coconut milk, banana, frozen blueberries, frozen raspberries, cinnamon, and just better.® Prebiotic Fiber.
Optional: If you prefer an extra protein boost, add your favorite protein powder or super greens to the blender.
Blend the ingredients on high speed until you achieve a smooth and creamy consistency.
Because the consistency of cottage cheese varies by brand, you may need to make some adjustments. If the smoothie is too thick, you can add more coconut milk or water to reach your desired consistency. If it’s not thick enough, add more cottage cheese and fruit.
Once blended, pour the smoothie into a glass or portable container.
Optional: Garnish the smoothie with additional berries or a sprinkle of cinnamon for an extra touch of flavor and pizzazz!
Enjoy your Cottage Berry Smoothie immediately for maximum freshness and nutritional benefits!
Why Choose just better.® Prebiotic Fiber?
Incorporating just better.® Prebiotic Fiber in your smoothie is an excellent way to support your digestive health. Fiber plays a crucial role in maintaining a healthy gut microbiome by providing nourishment for beneficial bacteria. It also helps regulate bowel movements, aids in weight management, balances blood sugars, helps to lower bad cholesterol, and so much more!
just better.® Prebiotic Fiber is a high-quality nutritional supplement that is flavorless and dissolves completely, making it convenient to incorporate into any recipe, including smoothies.
With just two tablespoons of just better.® Prebiotic Fiber, you will boost the fiber content of your smoothie by 10 grams, helping you meet your daily fiber requirements and supporting a healthy, adventure-ready gut!
Experiment and Customize:
The Cottage Berry Smoothie recipe offers flexibility and room for personalization. Feel free to experiment with variations by adding different fruits or adjusting the consistency to your liking.
Smoothies are an excellent way to include essential nutrients in your healthy living routine, and the Cottage Berry Smoothie - enriched with just better.® Prebiotic Fiber - is a perfect example.
Remember to listen to your body and adjust the recipe according to your preferences and personal needs. Enjoy the Cottage Berry Smoothie today, and take a step towards optimal health and a happy gut!