This dreamy shake gets a fat-burning boost from probiotic-rich yogurt. Yogurt and kefir’s lactobacillus and bifidus probiotic strains filter and neutralize at least 25 percent of intestinal toxins before they reach the bloodstream. This reduces the number of toxins the liver has to break down and eliminate, which frees up the organ to more efficiently burn fat.
What’s more, the probiotic strain L. acidophilus in yogurt and kefir lowers levels of the appetite-stimulating hormone leptin, according to research in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. The credit goes to the friendly bacteria’s ability to increase the absorption of hunger-satiating nutrients.
Here’s the yummy recipe:
2 containers (6 oz. each) strawberry Greek yogurt*
1/2 cup apple or orange juice
1 1/2 cups frozen strawberries
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
In blender, puree all ingredients 30 sec. or until smooth. Garnish with fresh strawberries, if desired.
*Or use 2 cups strawberry kefir and reduce apple or orange juice to 1/4 cup.
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