http://kevita.com delicious vitality® Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:50:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Are Probiotics More Important Than A Daily Vitamin? http://kevita.com/probiotics-important-daily-vitamin/ http://kevita.com/probiotics-important-daily-vitamin/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:50:23 +0000 http://kevita.com/?p=122132 Continue reading ]]>  

Are Probiotics More Important Than A Daily Vitamin?

 

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It is my great pleasure to be part of the KeVita team as the official nutrition ambassador. As a registered dietitian and certified nutritionist with a thriving practice in New York, my approach to a healthy diet focuses on eating, drinking, and enjoying thethings that are good for you.

That’s why KeVita makes perfect sense as a brand I choose to represent. KeVita applies rigorous standards to their ingredient list and fermentation processes, controls for yeast better than other probiotic beverages (so you don’t get varying alcohol levels or spikes), provides an excellent non-dairy source of essential probiotics, and offers a variety of wonderful flavors. If you enjoy a beverage that’s tasty and effervescent, skip the soda and get something that’s packed with nutrients and probiotics. Win-win!

I was first able to serve my role by offering input on a national survey – sponsored by KeVita and conducted by Harris Poll – with my fellow registered dietitians and certified nutritionists.

The survey yielded some very interesting findings on the way dietitians and nutritionists perceive and recommend probiotics. One of the first findings I want to dig into the perceived importance of probiotics vs. the multivitamin.

Of the 122 certified nutritionists polled, the finding shows 66% of certified nutritionists believe taking a daily probiotic is more important than taking a daily multi-vitamin.

The multi-vitamin used to be the ‘go-to’ daily health supplement. This finding provides real tangible evidence of a shift we’ve been seeing in self-managed health and nutrition and probiotic awareness. The gut is being more widely recognized as the epicenter of overall wellness and an increasing amount of clinical data is emerging on the benefits of probiotics, beyond digestion – which diet/nutrition professionals appear to be embracing.

As well, the finding may underscore the importance probiotics play in allowing for the absorption of vitamins. Good bacteria is what keeps the intestinal wall clean, thereby allowing for better absorption of healthy vitamins and nutrients. If your gut is prepped with good strains of probiotics – like those found in KeVita – you get more of a return, so to speak, on healthy choices and nutritious foods and beverages.

Furthermore, probiotics play a particularly critical role in the modern diet. We are seeing potential correlations with chronic conditions and the over processing, over pasteurizing and over sterilization of our foods and environment, which has had a detrimental impact on the good bacteria from our modern diet.

It’s interesting to note, dietitians were not there yet with their perception of the multi-vitamin vs. probiotics. Just 39% of dietitians felt that a daily probiotic was more important than a daily multivitamin, even though 88% of the dietitians polled had a positive opinion toward probiotics in general.

Frankly, this yield surprised me. In my opinion, a multi-vitamin may provide much higher quantities of vitamins than the body needs – putting more strain on the organs to eradicate the excess. This finding may relate to the fact dietitians typically serve in more clinical settings than their nutritionist counterparts, who can adapt more quickly to emerging scientific findings and data with their clients.

With my clients, I am really emphasizing getting back to the roots of good health. There isn’t one magic solution. I want my clients to eat, drink and savor their vitamins, nutrients and probiotics.

We would like to hear from you: what’s working for you in your daily rituals of self-managed health and wellness? What do you think about this finding? Email us at [KeVita filter email].

Sincerely,

Sharon Richter, RD

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Mango Coconut Pro Green http://kevita.com/mango-coconut-pro-green/ http://kevita.com/mango-coconut-pro-green/#comments Sun, 24 Aug 2014 23:28:24 +0000 http://kevita.com/?p=122095 Continue reading ]]> Welcome to our Summer Smoothie Series!

 

Our Mango Coconut Pro Green is the last smoothie of our summer series that was created by our friend The Blender Girl.

 

We are pro green smoothies but even we understand that they can taste a little…earthy. Have you ever had a smoothie that tastes just a little too green? Well, good news, our Mango Coconut Pro Green is not one of those smoothies! In our opinion, this is the perfect green drink for those of you who are just discovering the benefits of drinking your fruits and veggies.

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If adding Coconut oil to a smoothie is wrong, we don’t want to be right! Coconut oil is one of the most versatile ingredients in this power packed smoothie. It can be used for just about anything. In this case it adds a boost of essential oils as well as a pleasant coconut aftertaste. Surprisingly, it also helped to emulsify the ingredients, and add a smoother texture to the slightly bubbly blend.

 

Mango Coconut Pro Green

Ingredients:

Serves 2

1 bottle Mango Coconut Kevita

2 cups loosely packed baby spinach

2 cups ripe frozen mango

1 teaspoon coconut oil, plus more to taste

pinch lime zest

All of these mouthwatering ingredients are packed with essential nutrients, vitamins A,B, C & E, probiotics & essential fatty acids.

Pour the KeVita into your blender and allow it to settle while you assemble the other ingredients. Add one cup of ice if you prefer a thicker texture.

Throw the remaining ingredients in and blast on high for 30 to 60 seconds until smooth and creamy

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We hope you love this lean, green, hydrating machine as much as we do. Cheers!

 

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Pomegranate Pro Punch http://kevita.com/pomegranate-pro-punch/ http://kevita.com/pomegranate-pro-punch/#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:09:12 +0000 http://kevita.com/?p=122076 Continue reading ]]> Welcome to our Summer Smoothie series!

Our second probiotic packed blend from The Blender Girl is not your average glass of punch!

Now, we understand that not everyone is cut out to be a culinary artist or professional food blogger. But if you want to impress your guests, with a vibrant blend filled with unique ingredients, this is the smoothie for you!

Pomegranate Pro Punch

With only four ingredients this low maintenance creation combines a few adventurous fixings to create a blend that tastes, in our opinion, utterly sublime.

 

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Ingredients:

Serves 2

1 bottle Pomegranate KeVita

¼ cup diced red bell pepper

2 cups frozen strawberries, plus more to taste

10 drops of alcohol-free liquid stevia, plus more to taste

Don’t let the red peppers intimidate you. When you mix these Vitamin C rich beauties with strawberries & pomegranate they provide a subtle hint of pepper to the blend that tastes oh so nice.

 

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Pour the KeVita into your blender and allow it to settle slightly. Throw the bell pepper and blast until well combined.

Add the strawberries and blast on high for 30 to 60 seconds. Add the stevia and more strawberries (depends in the quality and ripeness of the fruit) to taste. We recommend adding a handful of ice cubes to your drink if you prefer a thicker texture.

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Throw in a fun straw, soak up some sun, and sip on!

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Lemon Cayenne Detox Blast http://kevita.com/lemon-cayenne-detox-blast/ http://kevita.com/lemon-cayenne-detox-blast/#comments Tue, 05 Aug 2014 22:35:18 +0000 http://kevita.com/?p=122019 Continue reading ]]> Welcome to our summer smoothie series!

There is just something about summer that makes us want to sip on smoothies all day long. That is why we have paired up with our friend Tess Masters, The Blender Girl, to bring you three delicious KeVita based blends.

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Our first recipe, The Lemon Cayenne Detox Blast, consists of some of our favorite fruit & veggie fixings.

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Ingredients:

Serves 2

  • 1 bottle Lemon Cayenne Daily Cleanse
  • 1 cup curly kale
  • 2 medium green apples, skin on, cored and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 medium lemon, peeled, seeded, and quarted
  • 1 small avocado, peeled and pitted
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger, plus more to taste
  • 10 drops alcohol-free liquid stevia, plus more to taste
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • tiny pinch cayenne (optional)

 

Now we know what you are thinking, avocado, in a smoothie? But trust us, this creamy fruit will add a bit of smooth texture to your fizzy bubbly KeVita that is certain please any palate. Add a kick of cayenne pepper, the slight spice of fresh ginger, a tangy green apple, and you’ve got yourself a blended beverage that will take your next summer soiree to a whole new level!

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Pour the KeVita into your blender and allow it to settle while you assemble the other ingredients. Throw the remaining ingredients (except the ice and the cayenne) in and blast on high for 30 to 60 seconds until smooth and creamy.

Add the ice, and blend again for 10 to 20 seconds until combined. Add extra cayenne to taste and tweak ginger.

 

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Sit back, relax, and reflect on the simple joys of summer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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10 Reasons Why Everyone Needs Probiotics http://kevita.com/10-reasons-everyone-needs-probiotics/ http://kevita.com/10-reasons-everyone-needs-probiotics/#comments Sat, 22 Feb 2014 00:03:52 +0000 http://kevita.com/?p=120998 Continue reading ]]>

Probiotics … How do we love thee? Let us count the ways!

At KeVita, we’re obsessed with healthy, organic living, and we’re super sweet on probiotics. People have been eating fermented foods packed with probiotics for centuries and reaping health benefits like improved digestion, lower cholesterol and alleviated allergies.

Now it’s easier than ever to get your probiotics! You don’t have to make your own sauerkraut or be a fermentation master to partner up with probiotics as a part of a healthy lifestyle. KeVita Sparkling Probiotic Drinks are a delicious way to revitalize your day and boost your bod with probiotics. With a wide range of organic, low-calorie drinks, KeVita has a flavor for every lifestyle.

Here are 10 reasons why you should get probiotics into your tummy on a daily basis:

1. They power up your digestive system.

Probiotics add friendly bacteria to your digestive system, improving absorption of nutrients and vitamins. Improved absorption means good digestion, which allows your body to get the most nutritional value from the foods you eat and helps to regulate your digestive system. Bonus: more energy! All this good stuff in your digestive tract boosts your overall immunity, because 80% of your immunity lives in your stomach.

2. They protect you during cold and flu season.

Along with traditional remedies like vitamin C, garlic, and ginger, probiotics are our favorite defense against colds and flus. Probiotics can soften your reaction to the common cold by reducing your body’s inflammatory response. This means fewer cold symptoms, yay! Hit with the flu? When fighting it off, your body kills bacteria, even the healthy ones. For a full flu recovery, replenish your body with friendly micro-flora found in probiotics.

3. They ward off evil. (At least in the form of yeast and urinary tract infections.)

Ladies—probiotics are your new BFF. Friendly bacteria, like the Lactobacillus genus, produce natural disinfectants (you know where) that help maintain a healthy pH balance. If you get a yeast infection or UTI, probiotics make a nice complement to traditional treatments because they maintain healthy bacteria down in the love canal. Love that!

4. They’re better than a breath mint.

Did you know your mouth and breath are part of your digestive tract? Probiotics keep your digestive system clean from the inside out. A study by the International Journal of General Medicine found that the probiotic BLIS K12 is effective in preventing reoccurring throat infections that cause oral issues, including bad breath. Kiss away with fresher breath and improved oral health!

5. They’re good for your cholesterol levels.

Gut health and heart disease may seem unrelated, but the beneficial bacteria living in your intestines may be good for more than your stomach. Researchers at the American Heart Association recently discovered that taking daily doses of probiotics lowered bad cholesterol by 12%, as well as reduced saturated cholesterol esters that contribute to the hardening of arteries (a leading cause of heart attacks).

6. They optimize your detox.

Get the most out of your detox by adding probiotics. Everyone loves a good cleanse, but a cleanse or detox can be tough on your system. When you’re using high amounts of fiber, raw vegetable juices, and herbal protocols, probiotics can help soothe your belly.

7. They help you manage stress.

We all battle stress on a daily basis: at work, at home, on our commutes, even in our diet and surrounding environment. Stress weakens the immune response and increases your chance of getting sick. Probiotics are known to increase your body’s stress tolerance by preventing the growth of negative bacteria during times of stress.

8. They alleviate annoying allergies.

Hay fever, eczema, asthma, and food allergies can be debilitating (to say the least). With the right balance of beneficial microflora, you can fight off allergens and infections. Consuming probiotics can boost your inner ecosystem and help your immune system differentiate between friends or foes.

9. They help you bounce back after taking medication.

When your health requires a trip to the pharmacy, add some balance back to your system with probiotics. Antibiotics and prescription drugs take their toll, especially on your intestinal health. While taking medications, your intestinal flora becomes compromised, so adding probiotics to your diet can help offset the meds.

10. They’re delicious!

It’s easier than ever to find yummy probiotic products such as yogurt, cultured beverages, and even chocolate bars! Drinking KeVita Sparkling Probiotic Drink, with up to 4 billion probiotics per bottle, is a refreshing and guilt-free way to get your probiotics on. The KeVita lineup complements a healthy lifestyle as an organic, low-calorie, dairy-free refreshment. Stop by your local natural foods market such as Whole Foods Market and pick up some KeVita for a revitalizing treat for your tummy!

Read the full article here.

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KeVita Smoothie & Salad Dressing http://kevita.com/kevita-smoothie-salad-dressing/ http://kevita.com/kevita-smoothie-salad-dressing/#comments Sun, 20 Mar 2011 06:43:33 +0000 http://kevita.com/?p=8938 Continue reading ]]> It’s been raining non-stop, a nice day to clean out the fridge! Today I created two new probiotic recipes and my half-full bottles of Strawberry Acai KeVita became the liquid to blend our morning smoothie.

 

 

 

Strawberry Acai Coconut KeVita Smoothie
1 frozen banana
2 C frozen strawberries
1/2 C acai fruit puree
1 chopped apple
2 T Brown Rice Protein Powder
2 T Spirulina
1-2 T hemp oil
1-2 bottles Strawberry Acai KeVita, or add enough water to blend until creamy and smooth, so good!

This evening I used up some open bottles of Mango Coconut KeVita.
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Mango Coconut Ginger KeVita Salad Dressing
1 inch fresh ginger root
1/2 C olive oil
1/4 C fresh lime juice
2 T raw tahini
1 C freshly washed cilantro
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 bottle Mango Coconut KeVita

Combine all ingredients in blender and buzz until smooth, adjust salt to taste and lightly toss with fresh greens! Enjoy!

 

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