Apparently I just love challenges. Or I love trying new things. Or both? Either way, when the nice folks at Good Belly offered to send me some samples so I could take the 12-day challenge, I figured why not?

Good Belly has a range of dairy free, vegan probiotics drinks, and I actually think they’re pretty delicious. I’ve mentioned them before here and although I didn’t drink it on a consistent basis, I enjoyed starting my day off with a shot of probiotics.

I thought it would be fun to actually do the full 12 day challenge, so I stocked up my fridge with these (adorable) probiotic shots.

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While digging for some more informations about probiotics, I came across this on the Good Belly website:

In order to have a properly functioning immune system, one must have a healthy digestive system. Because nearly three quarters of your body’s immune system dwells in the digestive tract, it has the most profound effect on overall health out of all the internal organs.

To be clear, I’m not a health professional, and I’m not even endorsing these claims, but I did think that was an interesting fact! One of the other touted benefits of probiotics is a smooth digestive system, meaning less bloating. Who doesn’t want that?

Regardless of how you feel about probiotics, there are awesome some great foods you can munch on, which help banish the bloat:

  • Nut butters
  • Greek yogurt
  • Quinoa
  • Grapefruit

Also, drinking lots of water when eating foods with a lot of fiber (read: beans) can help with bloating. So there you go, fun fact of the day.

I might even just toss a shot of this into this strawberry shake…

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Click the photo for the recipe. And yes, despite the freezing temperatures, I’m still enjoying smoothies for breakfast 😉

I’m excited to see how I feel after 12 days of the challenge!

Have you tried taking probiotics?