Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Cranberry Blueberry Kefir Smoothie

I didn't even know kefir existed until I saw a recipe for a Probiotic Mango Lassi Smoothie on the blog Let's Hang Out.  After making my own variation of a Mango Lassi Smoothie, I was hooked, and decided to make other smoothies with kefir.  

Kefir (pronounced kee-fer) is a cultured milk product, like yogurt, that contains tons of probiotics and is a rich source of a variety of different vitamins and minerals.  You can read more about the health benefits of kefir here.  

I usually make my Cranberry Blueberry Smoothie with plain yogurt and orange juice, but I thought the leftover kefir I had from my Mango Lassi Smoothie would be a nice change of pace.  

We recently purchased a NutriBullet.  It's great for making smoothies!  

Not only did my smoothie taste amazing, but it's also filled with probiotics, superfoods, and other ingredients that are good for your health.

Mango Lassi Smoothie


3/4 C frozen cranberries
3/4 C frozen blueberries
1 C plain unsweetened whole milk kefir
1 T raw honey
1/2 T chia seeds
1/2 T flaxseed meal
Optional -- 1 tsp Penzeys Spices Sweet Ginger Bits or minced ginger


Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.  I used our NutriBullet.

Recipe Notes

This recipe made enough cranberry blueberry smoothie to fill one 16 ounce glass.

I purchased Lifeway Organic Kefir at Whole Foods, and the sweet ginger bits at Penzeys Spices in Winter Park.

I used Blackberry Twist raw honey from Winter Park Honey.  This honey is amazing!  We purchased it at the Winter Park Farmers' Market, which is held every Saturday.  You can read about the many health benefits of raw honey here, and the possible benefits of local honey for fighting seasonal allergies here.

You can read about the health benefits of chia seeds and flaxseed, two superfoods, here.  Make sure your chia seeds and flaxseed are labeled gluten free.

I have also made this smoothie with raspberries and blueberries.


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