Have you heard of Kefir? It’s been trendy for a while, though I think kombucha has since over shadowed it. I first heard about it a few years ago, but never got around to trying it. Basically, it’s a fermented milk drink, kinda like yogurt, but more super powered. It has all the vitamins and minerals you’d expect to find in dairy, but it’s those probiotics that set it apart. I’ve also read that it is lower in lactose, so it’s even easier on your stomach, and many who suffer from a lactose intolerance have found it to be a great source of dairy that’s easy to digest.
I decided to give it a try, since I thought my stomach could use some help in the probiotics department, and I’d much rather get those from a more real source than in pill form. Why is my stomach unhappy? Well, I had my gall bladder removed last October, and while you are told you don’t have any diet restrictions afterward, many people still have issues digesting fat. My stomach is usually pretty ok, but once in a while it could use a little help.
I love-making smoothies, and using something like kefir instead of regular milk or yogurt is a great way to get my probiotics, so last time I was at Costco, I picked up a jug.
Searching around online, I found lots of recipes for kefir smoothies, so I read several, and made up one according to my tastes and what I had on hand:
Chocolate Strawberry Kefir Smoothie
3/4 cup kefir
1/4 milk (this can help cut the sourness of the kefir)
1 cup frozen strawberries (could easily substitute for your favourite fruit. I prefer frozen so that I don’t have to add ice, which I think waters it down)
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 teaspoon honey (could be left out, I just didn’t want it too bitter from the kefir and cocoa powder)
Blend until smooth. Enjoy!
It is a bit of an acquired taste, even with the milk, berries, and honey, it will still be a little tangy. My husband was shocked by the sourness initially, I however, liked the taste right from the start.
Have you ever tried kefir? Have a fav recipe or way to drink it? Let me know! I can’t wait to experiment with different fruits, I’ve read a recipe for a peach oatmeal smoothie that sounds great!