Kefir Smoothies

Kefir-Berry smoothie

Serves 4

2 cups (500 ml) kefir
2 to 3 ripe organic bananas, peeled
1 cup (250 ml) fresh or frozen berries
½ cup (125 ml) pitted dates
1 tablespoon (15 ml) raw honey, or to taste
1 teaspoon (5 ml) pure vanilla extract (optional)
1 tablespoon (15 ml) organic virgin coconut oil (optional)
1 cup (250 ml) ice cubes
 
Blend all the ingredients in a power blender until smooth.

 

Kefir-Chocolate Smoothie

Serves 2

1 cup (250 ml) kefir
½ cup (125 ml) purified water
1 to 2 ripe organic bananas, peeled
½ cup (125 ml) pitted dates
2 tablespoons (30 ml) raw cacao or carob powder
1 teaspoon (5 ml) cinnamon powder, non-irradiated
¼ cup (60 ml) nuts, such as almonds, cashew nuts, pecan or walnut
2 tablespoons (30 ml) seeds, such as sunflower, flax or chia seeds
1 tablespoon (15 ml) raw honey to sweeten (optional)
½ cup (125 ml) ice cubes
 
Blend all the ingredients in a power blender until smooth.

 

Mango-Kefir Smoothie

Serves 2

1 mango, peeled and chopped
2 cups (500 ml) purified water
½ cup (125 ml) kefir
2 tablespoons (30 ml) raw honey
2 tablespoons (30 ml) oat bran
1 teaspoon (5 ml) unrefined oil, such as apricot kernel, flax or organic coconut oil
1 tablespoon (15 ml) dried cranberries (optional)
½ cup (125 ml) ice cubes
 

Blend all the ingredients in a power blender until smooth.

 

Pear & Tahini-Kefir Smoothie

Serves 4

2 large ripe pears, halved but skin on
2 ripe organic bananas, peeled
½ cup (125 ml) pitted dates
2 cups (500 ml) kefir
2 tablespoons (30 ml) wheat germ
2 tablespoons (30 ml) tahini
2 tablespoons (30 ml) raw honey
1 tablespoon (15 ml) bee pollen (optional)
1 tablespoon (15 ml) unrefined nut oil (optional)
1 cup (250 ml) ice cubes
 
Blend all the ingredients in a power blender until smooth.
Variation: Replace the tahini with 1 teaspoon (5 ml) grated ginger root.
 

There is no clear scientific evidence that the blades of a blender will destroy the beneficial bacteria within the kefir. However, if it is a concern, the kefir could be gently mixed in with the rest of the ingredients after blending. 

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