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Give your fatigue an energy boost with this smoothie!

1/2 cup blackberries (fresh or frozen)

1/4 cup raw (shredded) or steamed beets

1 hand full fresh basil

(6-12 leaves to taste) **Our favorite in this is Thai basil, with its subtle licorce flavor. Sweet basil is also a great add to this mix!

1 teaspoon grated ginger

1 teaspoon raw honey

1 to 1.5 cups water kefir

Optional: 3 T presoaked chia seeds

 

PRO TIP: chia seeds add fibre, omega 3s, iron and protein. Add them at the end for a bubble tea-like texture!

PRO TIP: most grocery stores carry fresh herbs in the produce section and Thai Basil is now available at most Save On Foods, Independent Grocers and Superstore locations. Not in stores near you? Check your local greenhouse, and plans some of your favorite herbs to add to your smoothies!

Ginger

A great booster and fighter. Ginger helps decrease symptoms of nausea, helps reduce inflammation, joint pain, and may also possess cholesterol lowering properties. Ginger has a warm, spicy taste, that is described as peppery with floral notes. It brings out the sweetness of fruits it is paired with, and really enhances vitamin C rich foods like citrus.

 

Honey- we already know that honey contains healthy bacteria that is amazing for gut health. It also helps reduce swelling and inflammation, chronic fatigue, as well as allergy symptoms (if you purchase LOCAL, unpasturized honey). On the energy front? Honey is nature’s energy drink! It is low on the glycemic index making it optimal muscle fuel and a great, long lasting energy booster!

 

Beets– we LOVE our beets! Beets have so many benefits that we can’t even list them all! Energy-wise, beets are high in iron, increase stamina and improve circulation. Just some of the goodness you can find in beets are folate, ganganese, vitamin C, vitamin B-complex, and potassium. Beets also have the highest sugar content of all vegetables, which means the natural sugars will give you a lovely energy boost. Not a fan of beets, but want to incorporate their benefits into your diet? Raw beets can be described as “earthy”, but if the skin is removed and they are steamed, their sweetness becomes predominant. Still not your thing? You can purchase pure beet juice in the organic section of most grocery stores, which has a much milder flavor, while retaining its sweetness. Substitute fresh beet for 1-2 tablespoons of beet juice in your brews and smoothies!

 

Blackberries are a sweet little morsel that we really enjoy adding to our smoothies and second ferments. Blackberries can help fight brain fog and help with short-term memory retention, chronic fatigue and are one of the top brain boosting super foods. They are also great allies for fighting inflammation, especially the chronic inflammation of autoimmune disorders.

 

It’s the perfect time to introduce fermented foods into your body and boost your immunity. ​Already have a Happy Gut DIY kit? Our kits make amazing gifts for birthdays, house warmings, weddings or “just because”. Now is the perfect time to show your friends and family some gut love!

Water kefir (kee-feer) is a healthy and delicious probiotic beverage made from clusters of bacteria and yeast, that resemble little crystals or “grains”. These grains utilize sugars to produce lactic acid and carbon dioxide, which turns your drink into a deliciously healthy, effervescent, fermented beverage!

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