A FERMENTED SMOOTHIE post-flight? Absolutely ! This simple kefir smoothie recipe to help us fight the fatigue, stress, dehydration and digestion issues that come with jet lag.
Travel may be nourishing to the soul, but it can take a toll on your body. Many people experience GI troubles when they’re in a new environment and eating different foods. Drinking kefir and eating fermented foods before, during and after your trip can help you build a strong, resilient gut from the get-go, offering you an added layer of protection from the moment you step on that plane. Think of probiotics as travel insurance!
The Jet Lag Smoothie
Tart cherries are rich in the sleep-regulating hormone melatonin, known to help people suffering from insomnia and travel-related sleep troubles — learn more about the benefits here.
Banana offers potassium and magnesium for relaxation
Pears add a dose of easily digestible fiber that acts like a sponge as it travels through the digestive tract, absorbing toxins. (Hello, airplane air!)
Even if you’re not traveling, drinking this smoothie in the afternoon or evening can help you sleep more peacefully.
THE JET LAG RECOVERY SMOOTHIE
1 cup organic plain whole-milk kefir
1 small frozen banana, peeled
1 cup fresh pear chunks
1⁄2 cup tart cherry juice
2 Tbsp flaxseeds (ground or whole)
In a blender, combine all ingredients and blend until you achieve your desired consistency.
Excerpted from The Kefir Cookbook by Julie Smolyansky, copyright 2018.