Spring is coming and as the weather starts to slowly warm back up you’re going to start seeing berries pop up at the market. Today we’re going to take those berries and pair them with kefir which is a probiotic food.
Kefir Is a Gut Health Food
Kefir is a fermented food that is good for your gut health.
Due to the fermentation process, you will get the production of live active cultures – these are your probiotics. Probiotics can offer your body many different benefits from helping your digestion to skin health, mood, and more.
Kefir is also a food that is being researched for its potential anticancer and antibacterial effects1.
Plus this food will help improve your kitchen confidence, which is a pillar of The Mindful Gut™ Approach.
Kefir is so smooth and creamy that you can enjoy a glass on its own and also add to smoothies, desserts, and more.
How Much Kefir Should I Drink?
A good place to start is drinking 4-8 ounces of kefir a day. This amount will help you see how your body tolerates this yummy drink.
This is especially helpful if you’re someone that doesn’t get a lot of probiotic foods in their daily diet. Your gut might need some time to acclimate.
Keep in mind that there are different types of kefir.
Dairy-based kefirs might be the most popular but if you’re lactose intolerant don’t let this scare you off. Due to the fermentation process, dairy-based kefir will be a food lower in lactose, although it’s not lactose-free.
If all dairy is off the table for you there are dairy-free options. Water kefir will also use kefir grains but the liquid will be water instead of dairy. If you still want a creamy kefir you can look to those that use oat milk or another non-dairy milk as its liquid.
What You’ll Need
This recipe calls for minimal equipment and is easily adaptable to whatever ingredients you have on hand.
You only need two tools
A high-powered blender: You can check out some of my favorite blenders here.
Mason jar: These are your perfect go-to cups because they come with their own lids.
This recipe is pretty forgiving..meaning you can easily swap out different kefir flavors or berries.
Strawberry Kefir: Vanilla kefir would also work really well here.
Spinach: Baby spinach is perfect for the person who’s wary of green in their smoothies because it tends to be milder and sweeter in flavor.
Berries: Fresh or frozen work well here. If you like thicker smoothies use frozen berries.
Orange: This will brighten the flavors but you can also substitute with a squeeze of lemon juice.
Chocolate chips: Optional but it adds a little extra flavor and sweetness.
How To Make Ahead
This smoothie will make two servings so you can store the other half in another mason jar.
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Strawberry Kefir Smoothie
- 1 Blender
- 2 Mason jars
- 1/2 cup spinach, fresh
- 2/3 cup strawberry kefir
- 1 orange, peeled
- 3 strawberries, fresh or frozen
- 1/4 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
- 1 tbsp chocolate chips optional
- 1/2 cup water optional
- Add spinach and kefir to blender, blend until smooth.
- Add remainder of ingredients to blender, blend until smooth.
Amanda is a pizza loving registered dietitian nutritionist specializing in mindfulness and gut health. She quickly realized that gut health goes beyond the gut; it is also about honoring our gut feelings. She is the creator of The Mindful Gut™ which uses science and strategy to help people improve their gut health.