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Avocado Carrot

Ingredients

Nutritious and delicious, loaded with Vitamin A.

  • 1/2 Avocado
  • Baby Spinach greens
  • Apple
  • Carrot
  • 8 ounces of unsweetened almond milk or your liquid of choice

Instructions

Add three scoops of the Microbiotic Kitchen protein shake base to the above ingredients and blend. We put the apple and the spinach in the blender first, then add the shake base, then the rest of the ingredients and the liquid. Blend on low at first, then on high for at least one minute or longer.

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Papaya Orange

Ingredients

Enjoy a tropical moment with papaya and orange.

  • Frozen Papaya chunks
  • Banana
  • Orange
  • Carrot
  • Apple, with or without seeds
  • 8 ounces of unsweetened almond milk or your liquid of choice

Instructions

Add three scoops of the Microbiotic Kitchen protein shake base to the above ingredients and blend. We put the orange, banana and apple in the blender first, then add the shake base, then the rest of the ingredients and the liquid. Blend on low at first, then on high for at least one minute or longer.

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Avocado Orange

Ingredients

Creamy avocado makes this recipe into a thick treat.

  • Apple
  • 1/2 Avocado
  • Orange
  • handful of spinach greens
  • 8 ounces of unsweetened almond milk or your liquid of choice

Instructions

Add three scoops of the Microbiotic Kitchen protein shake base to the above ingredients and blend. We put the spinach, the orange and apple in the blender first, then add the shake base, then the avocado and the liquid. Blend on low at first, then on high for at least one minute or longer.

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OJ Pear

Ingredients

Fresh-squeezed OJ adds a citrus boost.

  • Banana, broken up
  • Juice of 2 oranges
  • Kiwi
  • Pear
  • Carrots
  • 8 ounces of unsweetened almond milk or your liquid of choice

Instructions

Add three scoops of the Microbiotic Kitchen protein shake base to the above ingredients and blend. We put the banana, the OJ and pear in the blender first, then add the shake base, then the other ingredients and the liquid. You may want to add less liquid if your oranges are really juicy. Blend on low at first, then on high for at least one minute or longer.

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Grapefruit Cranberry

Ingredients

A Vitamin C trifecta; grapefruit, cranberry and strawberries!

  • One banana, broken up
  • Handful of greens
  • Frozen cranberries
  • Frozen strawberries
  • Carrots
  • 1/2 Grapefruit, scooped out
  • Frozen ginger disc
  • 8 ounces of unsweetened almond milk or your liquid of choice

Instructions

Add three scoops of the Microbiotic Kitchen protein shake base to the above ingredients and blend. We put the banana, grapefruit and greens in the blender first, then add the shake base, then the other ingredients and the liquid. Blend on low at first, then on high for at least one minute or longer.

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Raspberry Pear

Ingredients

Try this refreshing combination to start your day with a fruity punch!

  • Handful of fresh spinach
  • One frozen cherry tomato, which is a great source of lycopene and lutein
  • One banana, broken up
  • One pear, cut up
  • Handful of frozen raspberries
  • One apple, cut up
  • Frozen ginger disc
  • 8 ounces of unsweetened almond milk or your liquid of choice

Instructions

Add three scoops of the Microbiotic Kitchen protein shake base to the above ingredients and blend. We put the banana and spinach in the blender first, then add the shake base, then the other ingredients and the liquid. Blend on low at first, then on high for at least one minute or longer.

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Black Pepper

What are its benefits?

Long enjoyed around the world for its flavor and pungency, black pepper has caught the interest of scientists in recent decades. While little research has been done so far on black pepper’s effect on the microbiome specifically, many studies indicate that the bio-active compound in black pepper, piperine, may have a wide range of health benefits:

  • Has antioxidant properties
  • May effectively fight inflammation
  • Has been shown to improve brain function in animal studies
  • May improve blood sugar control
  • May lower cholesterol levels
  • Has anticancer and antitumor activity
  • Has been shown to improve depression when consumed with turmeric

What is it?

Black pepper (Piper nigrum) is a perennial climbing vine and the spice is made from its fruits (the peppercorns). Native to India, it is one of the earliest spices known. Used in cuisine worldwide, pepper is also used in medicine as a carminative (to relieve flatulence) and as a stimulant of gastric secretions. Black pepper is a good source of manganese and vitamin K, among other vitamins and minerals.

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Ginger

What are its benefits?

Scientists have long known that ginger is one of the plants that facilitates digestion and increases bioabsorption of dietary nutrients. Newer research (“Prebiotic Potential of Culinary Spices Used to Support Digestion and Bioabsorption”) shows that ginger changes the microbiome and causes shifts in microbial populations: “Both fibers and phytochemicals in medicinal herbs used as spices appear to promote the growth of beneficial microbes and inhibit the growth of potentially inflammatory species.” Ginger led to an increase in Lactobacillus gut bacteria, a beneficial bacteria that helps the body break down food, absorb nutrients, and fight off “unfriendly” organisms that can cause diseases such as diarrhea. Another study indicated that the components in ginger promote tissue repair and antimicrobial immunity.

 

As a home remedy, ginger is a common treatment for upset stomach and nausea. It seems to aid digestion and saliva flow. There’s evidence that ginger eases muscle and joint pain, as well as pain from arthritis, headaches, and menstrual cramps.

What is it?

Ginger is a flowering tropical plant that grows in China, India, Africa, the Caribbean, and other warm climates. The root of the ginger plant is well-known as a spice and flavoring. The root doesn’t have many vitamins or minerals, but it has a lot of antioxidants.

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Piper Longum

What are its benefits?

Piper longum has been the subject of many scientific studies, one of which showed that a combination of piper longum, turmeric, black pepper, and ginger produced a distinct beneficial shift in the gut’s microbial community in less than two weeks. In addition:

  • Piperine, the major active incredient in piper longum, has been shown to have anticancer and antioxidant properties.
  • Other studies have noted that piperine plays a large role in piper longum’s antiarthritic (anti-inflammatory) attributes.
  • Some extracts of piper longum have shown good antibacterial activity against certain pathogens.
  • Piper longum is also thought to benefit diabetics because it can regulate the rate at which glucose is released in the blood.

What is it?

Piper longum (long pepper) is a flowering vine whose dried fruit is used as a spice. The fruit contains a large proportion of alkaloids and related compounds, the most abundant of which is piperine. Long pepper also contains various nutrients, such as fats, proteins, sugars, carbohydrates, calcium, vitamins C and A, dietary fiber, and sodium ions.

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Turmeric

What are its benefits?

Turmeric is one of the herbs used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine as an aid to digestion. Modern researchers have found that it, along with ginger, black pepper, and piper longum, promoted strong shifts in the gut bacteria that are known to regulate metabolism. Other studies have shown that turmeric and one of its active components, curcumin, tended to increase bacterial species richness. Curcumin has also been shown to help prevent multiple inflammatory diseases.

Turmeric is also used to support the digestive system in several ways:

  • Intestines: Curcumin supports digestion by relaxing the smooth muscles on the walls, helping food through the intestines. It also helps to prevent gas and bloating as food is being digested.
  • Colon: Curcumin supports the balance between your microbiota and the immune response by encouraging the glands on the surface to regenerate and heal when harmful bacteria are present
  • Stomach: Turmeric helps the stomach lining by inhibiting harmful enzymes and increases the secretion of stomach mucous, guarding against damage from gastric acid.
  • Liver: Turmeric helps to increase cholesterol elimination by boosting bile production. Combining turmeric with high-fiber foods can help the liver be more efficient at trapping cholesterol and moving it to the colon for elimination.

What is it?

Turmeric is a plant in the ginger family and is native to Southeast Asia. Its rhizome (underground stem) is used as a common culinary spice (a major ingredient in curry powder) and a traditional medicine. Curcumin is a major active component of turmeric and is what makes turmeric yellow. 

Turmeric is also rich in vitamin C, vitamin B6, and other antioxidants. Additionally, it is a good source of:

  • Manganese
  • Iron
  • Potassium
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Dietary fiber

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