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Mixed Fruit Kefir Smoothie

Kefir SmoothieA few weeks ago I posted about Kefir and what exactly it is all about. If you are interested in catching up on what exactly it is, I would encourage you to head back and check out that post. Today, though, I thought I would share with you a practical way to use up this probiotic-dense drink.

I have been making kefir smoothies for myself and the rest of my family every morning since I started on this kefir-making-venture. It really is a very satisfying, light, but filling breakfast and I haven’t missed chowing down on cereal or eggs at all.

Although, now that I mention it, I probably should be using up more eggs than I have been recently. Even though I’ve been cooking fewer eggs, our hens haven’t been laying any less and because of this the fridge is starting to fill up a bit more with their egg carton homes.

ANYWAY…I found that making these smoothies for breakfast is a good way for my kids that normally don’t like to drink milk to at least get some extra calcium in their diet. These smoothies really are healthy, seeing as how they are made with fruit, not to mention have the added benefit of the oh-so-great friendly bacteria that comes along freely just from using the kefir. I know, doesn’t sound too appetizing when I put it that way, eh? Just don’t think about that fact that you are drinking good bacteria, and all will be well with the world. Or, if thinking of kefir in terms of “yogurt” helps you to digest it a bit more easily {my attempt at humor, please excuse.}…heh…by all means, call it yogurt in your head! Or, if you want to make these smoothies with yogurt instead of kefir {or for that matter plain milk or coconut milk} I am sure it would turn out marvelously as well. I realize that not everyone has jumped on this kefir band wagon with me as of yet. Don’t worry though, I’ll keep working on you friends {as my Sunday School class from church will attest to… as they all got Dixie cup samplings of one of these frozen-kefir-delights a couple of weeks ago!}

I usually use a frozen fruit mixture in making of these smoothies. Fresh fruit can be used as well, although I don’t normally bother using fresh fruit except for bananas. I typically like to add bananas to increase the natural sweetness of the final product, plus it also stretches the smoothies a bit more {which is nice when making them for my crew of 6}. I didn’t use bananas in the smoothie I am posting today because we were all out. Normally, I will add about 1/2 banana for every 1 cup of kefir and 1 cup of frozen fruit, though. Kefir SmoothiesI like to buy the big bags of frozen fruit from Sam’s Club to keep on hand in the freezer just because I think it is a better deal in the long run and it doesn’t run out so quickly. The fruit in this particular bag has frozen strawberries, peaches, mango, and pineapple…which, in my opinion, is a great combination! These mixed fruit kefir smoothies make for a really delicious and easy breakfast, snack, or dessert and I would encourage you to try them out. If you make them, let me know how you like them! -Shelley.

Mixed Fruit Kefir Smoothies

1 c kefir {or yogurt, or milk, or coconut milk if kefir is not an option…}
1 c frozen mixed fruit
1/2 banana, optional {not pictured}
1/2 – 1 packet of Vanilla Stevia, or to taste, optional {another sweetener of your choice may be used as well}
1/2 t coconut oil {optional}
Blender, or smoothie wand

Just FYI: These are three options that I tend to add to my smoothies: chia seeds that I mix into the finished smoothie, coconut oil blended into the smoothie, and vanilla flavored Stevia, which is blended in as well. Click on the links for each item and it will take you to a site to read more about the benefits of using these products…

Kefir Smoothies

To make your mixed fruit kefir smoothie:

In a blender combine 1 cup frozen fruit, banana {if using}, 1 cup kefir, coconut oil, and vanilla Stevia {or other sweetener),if using…

Kefir Smoothie

Blend all together until there are no chunks of fruit left and the smoothie, is well…smooth!

Kefir Smoothie

Kefir Smoothie

Kefir Smoothie

Transfer to a glass, drink up, and enjoy!

Kefir Smoothie

Kefir Smoothie

I generally make this recipe, multiplied by 4, for breakfast for my husband, myself, and our four kids. My husband and I get large glasses and I split the remaining two “full serving sizes/batches” evenly between the kids…

Kefir Smoothies

Remember at this stage chia seeds can be added as well, if desired. My husband and I really enjoy them in our smoothies {although they have a tendency to get stuck in our teeth from time to time}, and I have a couple of kids who like them as well. It really is a personal preference, but I find putting them in the smoothie helps me to stay full for a longer period of time!

Chia Seeds

To give you an idea of the size of the seeds, they are a bit bigger than poppy seeds…

Chia Seeds

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