Packed with vibrant berries and the tangy goodness of kefir, this easy, 4-ingredient berry kefir smoothie promises a burst of flavor and a boost of gut-healthy probiotics in every sip.
About This Recipe
This recipe is for a simple berry smoothie but it swaps out milk for creamy kefir. The kefir adds a subtle tangy and creamy flavor that goes perfectly with the sweetness of the berries and banana.
Here are more reasons why you'll love this smoothie:
- Quick: this recipe is quick to make in 5 minutes and with only 4 ingredients, which makes it a quick and easy breakfast that's perfect for busy mornings. Simply toss everything in your blender and blend.
- Antioxidant boost: berries are packed with antioxidants, and give a tasty nutrient boost to this recipe.
- Gut-friendly: Kefir's probiotics support a healthy gut microbiome, which plays a crucial role in digestion, immunity, gut health, and overall well-being.
- Easy to customize: swap out the frozen mixed berries for any other frozen fruit to change up the flavor of this smoothie (like mango, strawberry, or pineapple).
Kefir is believed to have originated in the Caucasus region centuries ago. It's derived from the Turkish word "keif," meaning "good feeling." It lives up to its name by adding many of potential health benefits to this smoothie. Not only is kefir packed with probiotics, but it also contains calcium, vitamin B12, vitamin k, and vitamin D, and more. It's believed to have several health benefits, including benefits to the immune system.
With all these benefits, kefir is the star ingredient of this smoothie. It takes this recipe to the next level of flavor, creaminess, and nutrition. And it's a great way to enjoy all of the benefits of kefir in one delicious smoothie.
Kefir Smoothie Ingredients
Here's what you'll need to make this recipe. The full recipe and ingredient list can be found at the bottom of the page.
- Frozen mixed berries
- Almond milk
How to Make a Kefir Smoothie
Here's how to make this easy recipe in 2 simple steps:
- Add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
- Serve immediately. You can add more almond milk for a thinner smoothie or more berries for a thicker one.
Here's some more information on the ingredients for this recipe:
- Frozen mixed berries: swap these out for your favorite frozen fruit to change up the flavor of the smoothie. For example, you could use frozen mango chunks, pineapple chunks, strawberries, etc.
- Kefir: it's recommended to use plain whole milk unsweetened kefir, but you can use any type or flavor. There are also dairy-free versions of kefir (like coconut kefir).
- Almond milk: this recipe uses almond milk but you can substitute your preferred milk alternative (like oat, soy, or coconut milk) or regular milk.
Here are a few popular ways to customize this recipe:
- Maple syrup: use pure maple syrup, honey, or your preferred sweetener to add more sweetness to your smoothie.
- Frozen fruit: the base of this smoothie is super versatile. If you switch out the frozen fruit you can change the flavor. For example, try this recipe with a tropical fruit blend or strawberries to make a strawberry banana kefir smoothie.
- Protein powder: add a scoop of your favorite protein powder to give this recipe an extra boost of protein.
- Juice: add a splash of orange juice for some bright citrus flavor. If you do this, use a splash less of kefir to balance out the liquid. You could also use apple or lemon juice.
- Chia seeds: blend 1 tablespoon of chia seeds into your smoothie to give it some added nutrients and a smoother texture.
- Vanilla extract: add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract for a hint of flavor and to bring out the flavors of this smoothie.
Frequently Asked Questions
This recipe is best enjoyed right after blending it and it's not recommended to make it ahead of time.
This recipe recommends plain whole milk kefir. Whole milk kefir is recommended because of its creaminess, and plain kefir is recommended because it doesn't have any added sugars. However, this recipe would be tasty with any kefir. You can use flavored or non-dairy kefirs as well.
If your smoothie is too thick, add a splash (or more) of almond milk to thin it. If your smoothie is too thin, add more berries until it reaches your desired thickness.
Use a Good Blender
You'll need a basic, high-powered blender (like this one) that's able to blend up frozen fruit well.
Make it Sweet
The sourness of the kefir in this recipe is subtle and well-balanced by the sweetness of the fruit; but if you'd like to make your smoothie sweeter add a touch of honey or pure maple syrup.
Change up the flavors
The base of this recipe is versatile and you can swap out the frozen berries for any type of frozen fruit. Use your favorite frozen fruit and experiment with different blends. Some tasty kefir smoothie ideas to try: mango and pineapple, strawberry and banana.
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