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This sweet and tart smoothie gets its flavour from kefir, frozen blueberries, almond butter, banana and honey to get your day off to a good start.
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- 120ml plain kefir
- 80g frozen blueberries
- 1/2 small banana
- 1 tablespoon almond butter or peanut butter
- 2 teaspoons honey
MethodPrep:5min ›Ready in:5min
- Combine kefir, blueberries, banana, almond butter and honey in a blender. Process until smooth.
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Kefir Smoothies for Weight Loss
Kefir is a fermented milk drink. It is a rich source of nutrients that are very beneficial to health, preventing and controlling many diseases, including cancer. This kind of fermented product is creating a craze among healthy food lovers.
In fact, kefir is a drink made from milk fermented with kefir grains containing lactic bacteria, yeast, and polysaccharides. There are so many ways to use kefir in your meals, and the easiest way is to make smoothies with it. In fact, it can contribute effectively to your diet, so let’s see how you can make kefir smoothies for weight loss in this article.
Gut Healthy Smoothie
A super simple way to get beneficial probiotics is through a smoothie. Not only for myself, but for my children too!
We regularly make our own probiotic rich foods and love a variety of uses for the whole family.
And each probiotic food has a host of different gut healthy bacterias that we try to include in our traditional foods diet.
More gut healthy recipes:
This blueberry and banana smoothie uses only 4 simple ingredients. And it is a cinch to make, taking only about 5 minutes or less!
- frozen blueberries
- frozen bananas
- whole plain yogurt &ndash rich in probiotics for max benefits!
- whole milk
I prefer my smoothies naturally sweetened from the fruit. But if you like yours sweeter, you can add raw honey or real maple syrup to your preferred taste!
Also, any organic frozen fruit works well. But I wanted to say that the absolute BEST frozen blueberries come from Azure Standard.
They are perfectly sweet and we even love to snack on them frozen! So good!
How to make this smoothie recipe
This is super simple to make and should be served right away.
If you&rsquore using an additional sweetener, you can add that in with the other ingredients before blending.
Favorite Kefir Smoothie | With Berries & Greens
I’ve always been transparent about the fact that breakfast is not my favorite meal of the day. Even though I do work from home, if something takes more than 5 minutes of my time to make, I’m not going to take the time to do it. That’s why this kefir smoothie is perfect for me to whip up on a busy morning or for a fast snack!
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If I don’t have overnight oats prepared (another great recipe for using up milk kefir) I’m headed straight for my blender. I have always been a big fan of smoothies becuase you can take them on the go!
If you’re anything like me, after you wake up and go through your morning routine, you hit that ground running. Who has time to fry eggs, saute vegetables or flip pancakes on a griddle Monday-Friday?
I love this smoothie because it’s so good for me. It meets all of my breakfast goals: protein, greens (fiber + veggies), potassium (sore muscles), healthy fats, and probiotics. Seriously, what more could you be asking for?
I usually drink this whole recipe by myself, but sometimes I’ll make it and split it between Jared and I for a light snack!
What is milk kefir?
Kefir milk or milk kefir is really just fermented milk. It sounds kind of funny if you haven’t tried it, but it’s really just very tangy, not rancid or rotten tasting at all. Honestly, it kind of tastes like tart, drinkable yogurt. Most kefir milk is fermented with kefir grains which are a certain type of culture. It’s very probiotic-rich so it’s great for your gut.
I like whole, cows milk kefir but many people also drink goat or sheep’s kefir. As I said, it is thicker than milk, it gets that way during the fermentation process. After the first fermentation, you can flavor it with fruit, sugar or flavors, or just use it plain after the first ferment. That’s what I usually do. Learn how to make your own at home here!
Is it good for you?
There are so many benefits from eating fermented foods. Mainly because of the probiotics that naturally occur from using a culture. I eat kefir to support my immune system and aid in digestion. The milk is also rich in calcium and protein, so I love adding it to my diet.
Sometimes, I can be sensitive to straight dairy products, but I’m never bothered by fermented dairies like kefir or yogurt.
How do you make a smoothie with milk kefir?
Like I said, I’m usually working with plain milk kefir, which I like here because I like to keep my smoothies as low in sugar as possible. Flavored kefir has more sugar, especially if you’re using store-bought.
All you need to do is add your smoothie ingredients to a blender and let it do the rest for you. My favorite things to add are:
- Frozen, mixed berries
- Frozen banana
- Fresh spinach
- Almond butter (or nut butter of choice)
- Collagen or whey protein (I like this brand and this brand of collagen and this brand of protein)
- Plain kefir
My exact recipe is below in the printout!
Love milk kefir? Learn how to make yours at home!
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- Use vanilla yogurt instead of plain greek yogurt or kefir. (Omit the honey if you do this, since vanilla yogurt is sweetened.)
- Add in a tablespoon of chia seeds for a nutritional boost.
- For a vegan and dairy-free option, use almond/cashew milk and coconut milk yogurt.
- Swap out the blueberries for your favorite type of berry or whatever you have in the freezer.
How to serve fruit smoothies
Serve your berry smoothie in a glass bottle or cup so you can see the beautiful color while you enjoy the amazing flavor! A thick milkshake straw works best for drinking smoothies. And if you want to be extra fancy, add a mint sprig to the top and share your blueberry smoothie with a friend!
Tried this recipe? Be sure to rate the recipe card below! I always love to hear feedback on recipes.
Blueberry Banana Smoothie
At least it&rsquos all-natural coloring! Definitely no food coloring in these.
So, if you saw my smoothie add-ins post yesterday, you&rsquoll have seen all the add-ins that provide you immune-boosting properties, antioxidants, and vitamins. This blueberry banana smoothie is yet another boost of antioxidants thanks to the blueberries! Great way to get in your daily nourishment in a deliciously creamy and thick smoothie!
Smoothies are such a great addition to your day. If you make it a routine (I typically make one for lunch or post-workout), think about all the health benefits you are getting in one glass! Sometimes it&rsquos far easier to drink your nutrients than to eat each individual ingredient, you know?
Especially if you are always on the go and too busy to actually sit down and eat (that could be a separate issue in and of itself but that&rsquos beside the point).
I&rsquove been working out a lot more these days thanks to Fitness Blender and utilizing my basement, and because of that, I like having smoothies post-workout because after you burn all those calories and sweat, you need to replenish your body with whole foods and real ingredients.
What&rsquos better than a smoothie packed with delicious add-ins?
Give this blueberry banana smoothie a try! My favorite is adding an extra spoonful of peanut butter to it to give it a more blueberry-peanut-y flavor that&rsquos so rich and decadent! So much yum!
What can I say about this smoothie? It is delicious and not so sweet (although you can make it as sweet as you like). I love to have it on a hot day or after a nice run – cold, slightly acidic taste, flavor of bananas, quenching my thirst. Ahh… And all those healthy bacteria from kefir!
The constistency of kefir is somewhat similar to yogurt, but not as smooth, and definetely taste is different. Since during fermentation some carbon dioxide is produced, it is actually perceptible in a drink, which makes drinking kefir an interesting experience (in a good sense!).
Also, kefir can be tried by people who are lactose intolerant, as most of them can tolerate it. The reason is that lactose is used during fermentation process to produce lactic acid and carbon dioxide. Small amount of lactose is still present in finished product, but plentiful of bacteria in kefir mitigates possible symptomes. Just remember to try it in small amounts first (if you know you’re lactose intolerant)!
- Put all ingredients in a blender and process (immersion blender works great too).
- Serve cooled.
Yield: 2 servings
Nutritional Info: Cal 291, Prot 13g, Carb 58g, Fat 3g, Fiber 4.6g
Immune Boosting Wild Blueberry Kefir Smoothie Bowl
Since a whopping 80% of our immune system is in our gut, it’s important to feed it properly, and this wild blueberry kefir smoothie bowl is just what the doctor ordered.
I’ve had the topic of gut health on my list to write about for a while. Our gut is home to millions of good bacteria which are collectively known as our microbiome. For years now, researchers have been working to learn more about exactly what these bacteria do for us, and whether or not they play any role in our health.
Well, it turns out, that they are ridiculously important in controlling everything from our weight, to our blood sugar, to various stomach and gastrointestinal disorders, autoimmune diseases, and even anxiety and depression. They’ve also discovered that a huge portion of our immune system is in our gut, and it’s health depends on what kind of bacteria live there. Who would ever think that bacteria – which most of us associate with being sick, could have such power over us?
The more scientists learn about the human microbiome, the more interesting things get. They’ve discovered that people who are obese have a different bacteria profile than those who are thin. They’ve also found that if you inoculate someone with diabetes with the bacteria from someone who is healthy, their diabetes drastically improves. Crazy, isn’t it??
They’ve also discovered that the type of bacteria in our systems, and whether it’s helpful or harmful to our health, depends on what we eat. You knew that was coming, didn’t you? Those who have more of a plant-based diet have a much healthier microbiome and a stronger immune system. People who eat lots of processed foods, fast foods, sugar and artificial sweeteners have a completely different microbiome, and it’s not a very good one.
Luckily, there are some things you can do to improve your diet and make your gut a happier place for healthy microbiome to move into. As the good guys move in, the bad bugs get pushed out, because they don’t get along very well.
→ Eat a wide variety of healthy-gut foods like:
- any type of fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts or seeds
- probiotic-rich fermented foods like plain, unsweetened kefir or yogurt, tempeh, sauerkraut or kimchi to help populate your good bacteria
- high fiber whole grain products like old fashioned oats, brown rice, or freekeh
→ Take a probiotic supplement if you want a bigger boost of healthy bacteria. There are millions of those guys in every pill
→ Eat more prebiotic foods (they’re the food for the probiotics, or healthy bacteria) like:
→ Limit any processed foods, and especially artificial sweeteners, which can kill off your healthy bacteria
→ Don’t take an antibiotic unless absolutely necessary – it kills off your good bacteria along with the bad bugs
This smoothie bowl is full of gut-happy, immune boosting foods and a perfect blend of probiotics and prebiotics: wild blueberries, banana, spinach, oats, kefir, chia seeds, almonds, and coconut. Your healthy bacteria are craving it right now.
Strawberry-Banana Kefir Smoothie
Making a Kefir Smoothie is so simple we never did a recipe for it until now. Finally it's here – complete with all the details and tips we've found helpful over the years.
The important thing to remember when making a Kefir Smoothie is that you can feel free to change this recipe around as much as you want and try tons of other variations to suit your personal preference. For example, double or triple the amount of berries or even add Blueberries as a third fruit variety.
These details are for making our favorite Strawberry-Banana Kefir Smoothie and should get you thinking down the right line on what all to experiment with.
Here's what you'll need:
- A blender of some kind to mix the smoothie
- Two pints of Raw Milk Kefir
- Strawberries – preferable frozen to make your smoothie a little slushy
- A ripe Banana – over ripe is even better since it will give added sweetness
- Stevia or Maple Syrup or some other type of natural sweetener can also be added to suit your taste.
- Optionally add a dash of Vanilla Extract
This is all you really need to make a great smoothie. Throw everything into the blender and run it for a minute or two until it's thoroughly blended and the fruit chopped up.
Pour your finished smoothie into a glass and enjoy!
And as I mentioned earlier, there are endless variations. Use as much fruit as you want and as many different varieties – Raspberry, Blackberry, Peaches, Mango, Blueberry. Try different combinations or amounts of fruit and have fun being creative!
If you want to skip the fruit altogether try a dash of Vanilla extract and sweeten with Maple Syrup to create a Maple Vanilla Kefir Smoothie. Or use Cinnamon to spice things up. whatever you think would be interesting to try! :)
NOTE: Plain Kefir will keep at least a week in the refrigerator but a smoothie is best served immediately after blending. At the most it should only set in the refrigerator for 1 day before drinking.
12 Kefir Recipes for Breakfast
Kefir is a fermented milk drink that is thinner than yogurt but packed with millions of probiotics that are great for your gut health. Perhaps you’ve seen kefir on the shelf in the dairy aisle next to the milk and the yogurt, but you’ve never taken the leap and put a carton of it in your shopping cart. If you’re curious how you can make it a part of your routine, start with breakfast.
Think of kefir as a drinkable, pourable yogurt that can replace regular yogurt in recipes like overnight oats, smoothies, coffee cake, and breakfast bowls, or makes a great substitute for buttermilk in your fluffy morning pancakes. Plus, kefir has a tangy flavor that adds just the right oomph to whatever you’re mixing up for breakfast. Check out our guide to 12 kefir recipes for breakfast and get your morning off to the best and most delicious start.
Raspberry Kefir Overnight Oats
A blend of kefir, almond milk, rolled oats, chia, fresh raspberries, and just a dash of sweetener makes for a healthy, nutritious breakfast that’s made the night before and ready the moment you open your fridge.
5 minutes 300 calories Easy
Kefir Breakfast Bowl
Instead of waiting overnight for this breakfast bowl to come to fruition, this healthy protein-packed breakfast is ready to go in a matter of minutes.
5 minutes 310 calories Easy
Visit the page to learn more: Kefir Breakfast Bowl.
Berry Kefir Breakfast Smoothie
A breakfast the whole family can enjoy, this breakfast smoothie is rich in probiotics and has a creamy texture your kids will love.
5 minutes 454 calories Easy
Strawberry Kefir Smoothie
Packed with gut-friendly probiotics, this strawberry kefir smoothie is a quick and easy breakfast treat that will satisfy your morning hunger and your sweet tooth.
5 minutes 112 calories Easy
Visit the page to learn more: Strawberry Kefir Smoothie.
Mango Turmeric Overnight Oats with Kefir
If you’re a fan of golden milk, now you can have it in creamy overnight oats. Packed with probiotic kefir and anti-inflammatory turmeric, these overnight oats are the perfect grab-and-go breakfast on a busy morning.
5 minutes 195 calories Easy
Whole Wheat Kefir Pancakes with Blueberry Sauce
Decadent pancakes are entirely possible without the use of buttermilk. Instead, substitute in dairy-free kefir for fluffy, hearty pancakes with a sticky sweet blueberry sauce on top.
15 minutes 250 calories Easy
Apple Pie Overnight Refrigerator Oatmeal
Sometimes you crave apple pie in the morning. These things happen. Make apple pie breakfast appropriate with these overnight oats that are loaded with nutrients and probiotics for an indulgent breakfast that’s actually healthy.
10 minutes 378 calories Easy
Kefir Coconut Probiotic Bowl
Give a little life and color to your breakfast with this bowl filled with powerful superfoods, probiotics, healthy fats, and plenty of fuel for a productive day ahead.
5 minutes 300 calories Easy
Fluffy Blueberry Kefir Pancakes
Subbing out buttermilk for vanilla kefir in these pancakes results in fluffy, thick pancakes that are also packed with probiotics so you can eat a whole stack of these and keep your gut happy.
20 minutes 121 calories Easy
Banana Blueberry Kefir Smoothie Bowl
This sweet and creamy smoothie bowl can help improve digestion, boost your immunity, and add healthy bacteria to your gut microbiome for a breakfast your body will really appreciate.
10 minutes 450 calories Easy
Overnight Einkorn Coffee Cake
Make this coffee cake on a Sunday night for a light, sweet breakfast treat to go along with your morning coffee every morning of the week.
7h 22m 320 calories Easy
Green Kefir Smoothie with Granola
Packed with spinach, banana, kefir, avocado, flaxseed, and granola, this is the smoothie you get when you picture the ideal healthy morning smoothie.
5 minutes 332 calories Easy
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