Another day, another smoothie:
This is a recycled pic, but after Kristi mentioned that she made one yesterday, it reminded me that I had to make it again myself. The flavors just go together so well! Plus, they’re easy to whip up after a morning of training clients and then training myself.
The only thing I changed up is the addition of coconut water, which brings me to…
Good Belly Probiotics
One of the latest ingredients in my smoothies has been half of a cup of Good Belly juice. In today’s smoothie, I happened to do a half cup of the Good Belly coconut water variety. A couple weeks ago, Lindsey asked if I would like to try out and review Good Belly products for the blog.
I have to be honest with you guys. My initial reaction was to decline. At first I thought that I didn’t need a juice claiming to be anything other than a juice. Can’t I just get probiotics from yogurt or a supplement? Well sure…but then I read on, and discovered that Good Belly products are not only organic, but they’re also:
- dairy-free, soy-free, and vegan
- promote digestive health*
- contain the most-researched probiotic out there, Lp299v
- each serving contains 20 billion live and active cultures (it’s important that anything claiming to have probiotics specify that they are both live and active cultures, btw!)
- incredibly tasty!
Probiotics play an integral part of our digestive health. From Good Belly:
Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that help establish a healthy balance to the intestinal
microflora. They have been found to ease symptoms of diarrhea, constipation, gas,
bloating, and other common digestive ailments, as well as support proper immune
function. GoodBelly’s patented probiotic, Lp299v, promotes digestive health when taken
The only place in this town that sells Good Belly is Fresh Market, so I headed there with my three coupons to pick up the three flavors they had:
Mango, pomegranate, and – my favorite – coconut water.
Now, I’m not a huge juice drinker, but I am a huge smoothie drinker (see above) and I’ve been adding half a cup to my morning smoothie depending on what flavors I’m using. However, for the sake of this post, I also tried each on their own.
Like I said, coconut water is my favorite. It tastes like regular coconut water, but a little fruiter from the grapefruit juice. I like that stats of this one best, too, with only 70 calories and 13 grams of sugar. Least amount of both calories and sugar. It’s not just coconut water, but also contains grape juice and, oddly enough, other ingredients like (organic) oat flour!
Pomegranate is probably my second favorite, just because I LOVE the taste of pomegranate juice. It has more calories and sugar (110 cals and 22 grams of sugar) though, which is about the same as a serving of orange juice.
Mango’s my third favorite, but it’s still super tasty! It’s stats resemble the pomegranate flavor – 110 cals and 22 sugar grams. Now this one, I haven’t been drinking in smoothies. Would you judge me if I let you in on a little secret?
I’ve been using the mango flavor in cocktails:
- 1 part cake vodka
- 1 part mango Good Belly
- 3 parts orange La Croix
Hopefully the vodka doesn’t kill off the microflora and negate the probiotics in the drink!
Now for the fun part! Lindsey is offering one lucky reader a chance to win three Good Belly VIP vouchers, which is more than enough to allow you to take the Good Belly 12-day challenge!
- mandatory: leave a comment below with which flavor sounds best to you
- additional entry: tweet about the giveaway – “I entered the @goodbellydrink giveaway @paigeran is hosting! http://is.gd/MP7BG9 “
The giveaway is open to US residents only. I’ll choose a winner next Tuesday morning.
*Some studies suggest GoodBelly’s probiotics may help balance bacteria in your gut when consumed daily as part of a nutritious diet and healthy lifestyle. GoodBelly is a food product and not a treatment or cure for any medical disorder or disease. If you have any concerns about your digestive system, you should consult a healthcare professional.
Have a lovely Thursday, friends