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probiotic smoothiesProbiotics—or “good” bacteria—are increasingly being linked to health benefits, including improved gastrointestinal tracts, immunity, and energy. In her new book, Drink Your Way to Gut Health, registered dietitian Molly Morgan makes adding probiotics to your diet easy with 140 smoothie and drink recipes. Three we love:

To boost energy: Tart Cherry Kefir

Combine 1 cup frozen dark cherries, ½ cup plain kefir, ½ cup 100 percent tart cherry juice and 4 or 5 ice cubes in a blender. Blend until smooth. (Click here for Morgan’s homemade kefir recipe.)

To strengthen immunity: Fresh Mango Kefir

Combine 1½ cups cubed fresh mango, 1 cup plain kefir, ½ cup light almond milk, and ¼ cup 100 percent carrot juice in a blender. Blend until smooth.

To detox: Green Goodness Smoothie

Combine ½ cup stemmed kale, ½ cup apple cider, ½ cored apple, and 2 hulled strawberries in a blender. Blend until smooth. Stir together green juice mixture and ½ cup low-fat or nonfat vanilla bean yogurt in a glass until combined.

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