After studying more about digestive health, and understanding differences between this and nutritional health, I started taking a probiotics supplement. As well, I have also been trying to eat more probiotics foods – to get more beneficial bacteria, along with further improving my digestion.
So, I have been making what I think of as probiotic protein smoothies, by mixing my protein powder with Greek yogurt, using Kefir for the liquid, and adding blackberries or strawberries.
Interestingly, I also just saw a blog showing a strawberry yogurt dessert bowl that they had put into the freezer. And I thought wow, I could make frozen strawberry yogurt that was high in protein and probiotics.
Do note that I did a search to see if the probiotics would remain active if they were frozen:
Survival of Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium bifidum in ice cream for use as a probiotic food.
We demonstrated that probiotic ice cream is a suitable vehicle for delivering beneficial microorganisms such as L. acidophilus and B. bifidum to consumers. The bacteria can be grown to high numbers in ice cream mix and remain viable during frozen storage.
Making Probiotic Protein Frozen Yogurt
First off, I needed to make some ingredient additions and substitutions. The recipe I saw didn’t have any protein powder in it, and they used Wholesoy vanilla yogurt. Here are some differences between the Wholesoy yogurt and Greek yogurt:
- Wholesoy Vanilla per cup serving – 210 calories – 9g protein – 31g carbohydrates that includes 23g sugar
- Whole Foods 365 Plain No Fat Greek Yogurt per cup serving – 160 calories – 23g protein – 26g carbohydrates that includes 2g sugar
I don’t chose soy as my protein food source. But regardless, I don’t eat flavored yogurts because of all the extra sugar and calories in it – and Greek yogurt is a far better source of protein.
- 2 scoops BioTrust Vanilla Protein
- 1 cup Whole Foods 365 Plain No-Fat Greek yogurt
- 1 cup Lifeway Plain Low-Fat Kefir
- 2 cups Frozen Strawberries
You could add stevia to make this sweeter; I know that plain yogurt and kefir has a somewhat ‘sour’ taste. But when it was mixed with the protein powder and strawberries, I didn’t think it was necessary at all.
I mixed this in a blender and poured it into a bowl to put into the freezer. After around 45 minutes, I took it out and stirred real well, and did the same thing again in another 30 minutes. Doing this made the texture a lot creamier, and I didn’t want it to freeze solid.
Macros – 2 Servings
246 calories – 30g protein – 20.5g net carbohydrates [25.50g carbs-5g fiber] 2g fat.
And by adding the Lifeway Kefir, you get 12 live and active probiotics cultures, making 7-10 billion CFU
Making this was so simple and easy. And besides being so healthy with the probiotics and high protein, I also thought this tasted better than other ‘healthy’ frozen yogurts I have eaten.
Really the only thing that was difficult was the waiting – and deciding whether I should go upstairs and do a workout, so I could eat the whole thing 😛
Probiotic Digestive Health Benefits Video
It took around a month of taking my probiotics supplement each day, but then I could really feel a difference. I do have some lactose problems and sometimes get some bloating and stomach aches, from the amount of whey protein I eat – but since I increased the probiotics, and also started taking a digestive enzyme supplement, I rarely have any stomach issues anymore.