Lately I’ve been experimenting with Kefir a wonderful yogurt like substance that makes amazing smoothies.

Why is Kefir good for you?

♦Kefir has good bacteria and can be used instead of a probiotic supplement.

♦ Helps people who have IBS, Crohn’s disease, leaky gut, ulcers, gastritis and constipation by improving the gut flora.

♦Is very high in the enzyme lactase making it easy for people with lactose intolerance or sensitivities to consume kefir.

♦High in vitamin B12, B1, biotin, K, folate, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus which helps boost the immune system, relives skin disorders like eczema and acne.

♦Enriched Kefir Reduces LDL cholesterol because it has the plant-based compounds phytosterol and stanol which blocks the absorption of cholesterol into the blood stream which helps prevent heart disease.

♦Improves kidney and liver function.

♦Improving the gut flora with probiotics in the kefir can also help other conditions in kids like ADD, low immunity due to frequent colds, allergies. It is specially helpful for people taking antibiotics.

♦Calcium in kefir is beneficial for people with osteoporosis, arthritis and atherosclerosis.

♦Helps cure yeast infections and fungal infections like candida.

♦Has an amino acids called tryptophan, calcium and magnesium which has soothing effect on the nervous system, people with sleep disorders, anxiety and depression.

♦It also has antibacterial, anti-tumor, anti carcinogenic properties.

♦Helps people with sluggish metabolism who are struggling to lose weight . The probiotic in kefir speeds up your metabolism which helps burn more fat and calories.

Kefir is easy to make if you are so inclined.  You start by purchasng keifr grains online. Then you add one tablespoon of grains for every two cups of milk you are making. Let it sit at room temperature (on top of the fridge is good because it is warmish up there) for about 24 hours or so. You won’t want to leave it longer than 48 hours or you will risk damaging your  kefir grains. If you like it really tangy leave it longer. Once you are satisfied with the flavor strain it with  cheese cloth and keep it in the refrigerator.

You might want to consider purchasing Kefir at the grocery store before you start into your Kefir making adventures.

Kefir Smoothie Recipes:

Apple Pie Kefir Smoothy

  • 1/2 Apple chopped up
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 1 cup  kefir
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/8 tsp apple pie spice (cinnamon,  nutmeg, clove)

If you want it sweeter, you could add honey or Stevia (make sure you are using real leaf Stevia not the processed junk they try to pass off as organic.

grind it up in your blender or magic bullet and enjoy.

Banana Kefir Smoothy

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 cup kefir
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • sprinkle of ceylon cinnamon and nutmeg

Blend in blender or magic bullet

Chocolate Kefir Smoothy

  • 1 cup Kefir
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder (they kind without sugar)
  • 1 ripe banana or raspberries
  • 1 tablespoon honey or 1 tsp Stevia
  • ice
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup water

blend in blender or magic bullet

Polynesian Kefir Smoothie

  • 1/2 cup chopped up fresh pineapple
  • 1/2 chopped up mango
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup kefir
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 1 tbs honey or Stevia to taste (optional)

Blend in a blender or magic bullet

You can add chia seeds or ground flax seeds to any of these recipes to more nutrients.

Here is what Webmd has to say about the benefits of Flaxseeds:

Although flaxseed contains all sorts of healthy components, it owes its primary healthy reputation to three of them:

  • Omega-3 essential fatty acids, “good” fats that have been shown to have heart-healthy effects. Each tablespoon of ground flaxseed contains about 1.8 grams of plant omega-3s.
  • Lignans, which have both plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities. Flaxseed contains 75 to 800 times more lignans than other plant foods.
  • Fiber. Flaxseed contains both the soluble and insoluble types.

Just in case you were wondering why you should add flaxseeds into your smoothie recipes. I like the little crunch you get with them. Almost like chopped nuts on ice cream.

Smoothies are a great way to play mind games with yourself over eating sweets like desert. They are an especially wonderful treat in the summer when it is hot. Try making Popsicle out of your smoothies for a refreshing snack during t he hot summer months.

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