This kefir berry smoothie is healthy and delicious! It's so easy to make and is full of gut-friendly ingredients. Kefir is a tasty addition to any smoothie recipe.
I make a lot of smoothies around here. They are such an easy and healthy way to get a lot of nutrients. And lately I've loved including kefir in my smoothies. I usually balance it out with berries, bananas, and a little almond milk.
If I'm feeling wild, sometimes I'll add in a little spinach, ground flaxseed, hemp seeds, or chia seeds to my smoothie. So tasty and getting in a ton of plant-based food!
What is kefir?
Kefir is a cultured and fermented milk product. Think of it as a cross between milk and yogurt. It is considered to be gut-friendly as it has probiotics, just like yogurt.
One of the most popular brands is Lifeway, which is what I usually use in my kefir smoothies. You can get a variety of flavors like plain, vanilla, berry, and you can also find sugar-free versions.
You can find many different kinds of kefir. For dairy free-kefir, there is kefir made from coconut milk.
What kind of kefir to use in the smoothie:
So as I mentioned, there are so many kinds of kefir! For this smoothie, you can use what you have, but just be aware of several things.
Many kefir brands/flavors are actually pretty sweet and will contain sugar. If you have a sweet tooth and want a sweet smoothie, feel free to use one with sugar!
If you want to be a little more health-conscious and don't want added sugar in your smoothie, choose a type like the Lifeway unsweetened plain kefir. This is what I usually opt for.
Where can you buy kefir?
You can buy kefir at a lot of grocery stores! I've seen it at my regular grocery store, and they have it at Sprouts, Whole Foods, and Trader Joe's even carries versions!
How to customize:
- Mango kefir smoothie - swap out the frozen berries for frozen mango
- Strawberry kefir smoothie - instead of using mixed berries, just use strawberries
- Add a handful of spinach or kale to add some more nutrients
- Add 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed for Omega3s
How to make:
Simply add your ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth! I love my Blendtec blender, but you can use whatever blender you have.
After the smoothie is blended, pour into a tall glass and enjoy!
- ⅓ cup kefir
- ½ cup almond milk
- 1 cup frozen berries
- 1 banana
- Add the kefir, milk, berries, and banana to a blender.
- Blend until smooth.
- You can easily swap out the berries with a different type of fruit.
- If desired, you can increase the amount of kefir and decrease the amount of milk. You could do ½ cup of kefir to ⅓ cup milk, or even do all kefir. I like the balance of the kefir and almond milk.
- Instead of almond milk, you could use soy, oat, or another plant-based milk.