Amazing Kefir Smoothies!
Last week we talked about the benefits of Kefir and how good the Probiotics are in supporting immunity and a healthy digestive system. However, if you are anything like me, I have found that the taste of Kefir is not quite palatable. Therefore I have come up with a solution.
Turning Kefir into a smoothie
It may not be beneficial to buy flavoured kefir, or kefir that contains sugar or other sweeteners. It is believed that the flavourings and glucose kill off the good probiotics in the kefir, ultimately doing more harm than good. So instead, if you want to sweeten your kefir at home, you can blend it with a variety of fruits, which won’t harm the probiotics. Hence my passion with Kefir Smoothies!
Easy to make
If you want my method in full, take a look at last week’s blog. But in a nutshell, start with culture and add to it each day.
- Make sure you strain off your culture and start again each day with fresh milk.
- Keep your culture in a sealed jar, I keep mine on my kitchen windowsill.
- Use your strained milk to make your Kefir smoothie.
Following my first week’s attempts, here are my top tips and suggestions
Kefir Fruit Smoothies:
- Day 1: Mango – I used a very ripe mango, with a hand blender to the strained kefir milk. I found this absolutely delicious and my favourite to date.
- Day 2: Pear – Peeled and de-pipped. Same method with hand blender. This was a very delicate flavour, but also very tasty.
- Day 3: Banana – I used some over ripe bananas that I had on the windowsill. Same method as before . A lovely creamy texture and a definite banana flavour.
- Day 4: Berries (raspberry, blueberry etc). Lovely colour. I added a small teaspoon of honey to give it a bit more taste.
- Day 5: Stewed Apple – This smoothie was very delicate, so once again I added a small teaspoon of honey.
- Day 6: Cherry Berry – I used a mixture of frozen cherries and fresh blueberries. It turned into a wonderful colour and a rich cherry flavour.
- Day 7: Peaches with Ginger – I used tinned peaches, or you can use fresh, together with fresh ginger. A lovely combination.
I am very excited to think about what fruit to use next!
I can’t wait to experiment with more flavours, with different fruits and perhaps some vegetables? I could even use peanut butter in some of my combinations. What do you think? I’ve plenty of frozen apples and frozen berries are easy to find. I am even considering thinking of planting plum and pear trees ready for future kefir smoothies.
I would really appreciate your ideas and suggestions. It would obviously need to be healthy and tasty! Would love to hear from you. I hope you find these tips helpful. Read more of my Monday blogs HERE.