Going on a smoothie kick usually means stocking up on a lot of Greek yogurt (one of my favorite ingredients). I also drink kefir on a weekly basis and this week, I had an AHA (and kind of a DUH) moment – why not use kefir for the smoothies? This is my first recipe with kefir and it kicks yogurt’s butt. Sorry, yogurt – I will save you for granola delivery.
Kefir is a Superfood extraordinaire. Kefir (kee-fer) is a fermented, probiotic milk drink from the Caucasus Mountains in Eastern Surope. The name kefir translates to mean “pleasure” or “good feeling.” which makes sense with all of the healthful benefits! It has a mild, tangy flavor and can even be considered to be a bit sour. The consistency is thick but still liquid and bubbly. Kefir is made with kefir “grains” – not acutal grains but a mixture of yeasts and lactobacillus bacteria. Due to the fermenting process, there is also a small amount of carbon dioxide and alcohol which gives it a frothy consistency with tang.
Kefir Superfood Facts:
- Kefir has three times or more the amount of probiotics of yogurt. It is made by fermenting milk with 10 to 20 different types of bacteria and yeasts while yogurt usually only has a few.
- Kefir contains high levels of thiamin, B12, calcium, folates and Vitamin K2. It is a good source of biotin, a B vitamin which helps the body absorb other B vitamins.
- A one cup serving of Kefir contains about 30 per cent of the daily RDA for calcium.
- One cup of plain, nonfat kefir (90 calories) provides 11 grams of high-quality protein.
- Kefir contains tryptophan – the same relaxing amino acid found in turkey.
- Kefir may aid digestion and has a reduced lactose intolerance rate.
- Kefir may help moderate the body’s allergy response –read the study about bacteria in the kefir culture inhibiting IgE production, helping to moderate the body’s allergic response.
In my opinion, this makes KEFIR a perfect delivery system for delicious, healthy smoothies! Combine with your choice of fruits and you can even add flax seeds, hemp seeds, bee pollen or other Superfood additions to amp the healthful benefits.
Ingredients: (approx 1 1/2 cups)
- 1 cup Kefir
- 1 cup frozen peaches (I like to leave them frozen to make a slushie smoothie!)
- 2 ounces of fresh blueberries plus a few to garnish
Add all ingredients to blender/food processor and pulse until smooth. ENJOY!