This very berry kefir smoothie is flavorful, probiotic rich, and loved by everyone in our family. Frozen fruit gives it the consistency of a thin sorbet. The best way to incorporate homemade milk kefir into your daily life is with a morning smoothie.
The best way to incorporate homemade milk kefir into your daily life is with a morning smoothie.
This very berry smoothie is flavorful, probiotic rich, and loved by everyone in our family.
Frozen fruit gives it the consistency of a thin sorbet. My kids just love this smoothie for breakfast!
It’s a great way to sneak in probiotics, especially when they are ‘so over’ eating yogurt. My kids always go through phases where they either love yogurt and can’t get enough, or they are totally over it.
So when that happens, I like to switch it up. This smoothie is a great way to get in all those good bacteria for their gut.
Also, it works great when we have busy morning where we have to be somewhere. We can easily whip this recipe up and enjoy a delicious and healthy drink.
What is Kefir?
Kefir is a fermented drink that is made from milk. It is like a thin yogurt that is slightly sour and is a little fizzy.
It is super simple to make. All you need is milk, kefir grains, and a little time. Check out how to make milk kefir here.
Kefir can also be made dairy-free using alternative milks like almond, coconut, cashew, etc. It can also be made with water. You can learn how to make water kefir here.
Benefits of Kefir
If you are totally new to fermented foods, milk kefir is a fantastic way to begin.
The process is so simple to make that you can’t really mess it up. It requires no specific temperature to culture, like yogurt does.
You can easily find good quality milk kefir at your local grocery store. But it is really, really simple to make. I promise.
Everyone knows by now just how important probiotics are to the body. So many things in our modern lifestyles wreak havoc on the living organisms that inhabit a healthy digestive tract, otherwise known as our gut flora.
It is widely known that antibiotics like penicillin and amoxicillin destroy healthy gut flora.
But our modern diet, full of non-organic meats, plenty of processed sugar, and the USDA’s recommended 11 servings of grains per day, is also responsible for poor gut health.
Since imbalanced gut flora can contribute to degenerative diseases like cancer and also hamper the effectiveness of our immune system, it is vitally important to rebuild a damaged gut.
Enter… fermented foods; and for the purpose of today’s discussion, specifically, kefir. If you want to learn how to make your own milk kefir, I wrote a post all about it HERE.
Tips For Making Kefir Smoothies:
- Switch up the berries if you would like. Use blackberries instead of raspberries, etc.
- If you do not have any kefir, you could substitute it with 1 cup of yogurt and 3 cups of milk. That way you still get the good probiotics.
- Add a spoonful or two of nut butter or collagen peptides for some extra protein. Adding protein can help keep a steady blood sugar.
- Want to add some veggies to this recipe? Add a handful of spinach or kale. The kids won’t be able to even taste it.
- If you are not making kefir yet, no worries, store-bought kefir will also work.
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Berry Kefir Smoothie Recipe Ingredients:
Honey– Or substitute for maple syrup.
Tools you may need:
Liquid measuring cup
Berry Kefir Smoothie Directions:
- Add berries, milk kefir, and honey to a blender.
- Blend until smooth.
- Serve immediately or pour into popsicles molds to make popsicles.
Can you taste kefir in a smoothie?
A little bit. The berry flavors cover the sour kefir taste quite a bit and it is really tasty.
Can you put kefir in a blender?
Yes. Kefir can be put into the blender to make smoothies, popsicles, etc. Make sure to strain out the kefir grains before adding it to a blender.
What can I mix kefir with?
Fruit, jams, nut butters, vanilla, cinnamon, maple syrup or honey, herbs, and more. It can be made sweet into popsicles or smoothies or savory to make salad dressing (like this kefir ranch dressing). Use it in place of yogurt or sour cream.
How much kefir should you have in a day?
According to Healthline, you can consume between 1-3 cups of kefir per day without issue.
Can I make this dairy free or vegan?
Yes. Use coconut kefir for a dairy free version. For a vegan option use coconut kefir and swap out honey for maple syrup or dates.
Are kefir smoothies healthy?
Yes. They are full of probiotics to help support a healthy gut, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Other Tasty Beverage Recipes
- Homemade Water Kefir Soda
- Bulletproof Peppermint Mocha
- Healthy Hot Chocolate
- Pumpkin Spice Rooibos Latte
- Iced Lavender Latte
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- 1 cup blueberries, frozen
- 10-15 strawberries, frozen
- 1 cup raspberries, frozen
- 4 cups milk kefir
- 1 tbsp honey
- Combine everything in a blender.
- Blend until smooth.
- Serve immediately.
Switch up the berries if you would like. Use blackberries instead of raspberries, etc.
If you do not have any kefir, you could substitute it with 1 cup of yogurt and 3 cups of milk. That way you still get the good probiotics.
Add a spoonful or two of nut butter or collagen peptides for some extra protein.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 454Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 489mgCarbohydrates: 100gFiber: 21gSugar: 58gProtein: 15g