I can’t say I’d ever pass up the opportunity to have a happier tummy! Like many of you, I live in a fast-paced, hectic world. Between school drop offs and pickups, play-dates, toddler messes and fitting in time for fitness and meal prep, sometimes those meals get gobbled down in the blink of an eye, which isn’t always great for our digestion.
Unfortunately, I have a tendency to get an upset tummy. I’m not one of those people that have an iron stomach. It doesn’t take much to throw me off balance, so I do my best to be diligent with eating the foods I know agree with me, and also getting help from supplements to keep it all in check. Probiotics are a must for me.
A. Vogel, which is a trusted brand in the natural health industry, reached out to me to see if I was interested in participating in their “21 Days To A Happier Tummy” #Molkosanberry Challenge, along with a bunch of other bloggers. I figured, why not! I’d welcome any tummy improvement, and share my findings!
So to make this cranberry smoothie a “Happy Tummy Cranberry Smoothie”, you’d need a key ingredient! Molkosan berry flavored tonic!
Ok, so what is Molkosan?
In short, Molkosan is whey which is then fermented with friendly bacteria (the Lactobacillus casei strain). This process yields a liquid rich in lactic acid (95%), alkaline minerals and potassium. Its a tonic, if you will, that helps to restore the natural balance in your stomach. It also helps to make your body more pH balanced.
Even though its made from whey, Molkosan is lactose free, sugar free and gluten free. Get more info from the A. Vogel website here.
How does it taste?
Taste wise, it reminds me of a very fruity kombucha style drink, but with this, you only take 1 Tbsp per day….either straight up, or mixed in with a delicious smoothie like this one, or in water works too! I’ve done it all the ways, and while isn’t not bad tasting straight up, its just potent, so I prefer to add it in water or a smoothie.
My findings after the challenge
Now that the 21 days have passed, I can form an honest opinion. My tummy definitely does seem a bit happier. My end-of-day bloating has subsided quite a bit, and overall, my tummy just feels more in balance. I also did one of those funky pH paper test strips, and my saliva says I’m a couple levels more alkaline than when I first started. So that’s pretty darn good in my book! If you’d like to follow along with some other great bloggers that took the challenge and see their results, follow the hashtag #Molkosanberry and @AVogel_ca on Twitter.
So now that you have all the info about Molkosan, here’s how I use it in a yummy winter style smoothie!
- ⅓ cup frozen cranberries
- 1 Tbsp Molkosan berry
- 1 scoop (30 grams) protein powder (I used whey protein in vanilla)
- 1 cup milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)
- 1 cup ice
- 10 drops (optional) liquid stevia
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until combined.