Strawberry and Cacao Kefir Smoothie

 

Something I hear regularly from clients and patients is the challenge of getting kids to eat healthy food.  If it doesn’t taste good they just won’t eat it. This statement can be applied to adults too.  Taste is very important.  This quick and easily adaptable recipe tastes great and will help re-populate your gut with good bacteria giving your immune system an army to fight with.  You and your kids will love it!  For more information on Kefir please read below.

Ingredients: Strawberry Kefir Smoothie

  • ¼ cup of full fat kefir-cultured cows milk
  • 1 cup of regular full fat cows milk
  • 1 tablespoon of honey or 1 medjool date
  • 1-2 handfuls of fresh strawberries
  • Grated dark chocolate and sliced strawberries to serve

Optional: works well with blueberries and /or blackberries; add half a banana for thickness and sweetness; sprinkle with cinnamon

 

Ingredients: Cacao Kefir Smoothie

  • ¼ cup of full fat kefir-cultured cows milk
  • 1 cup of regular full fat cows milk
  • 1 tablespoon of honey or 1 medjool date
  • 1 banana
  • 1 heaped tablespoon of cacao powder
  • Grated dark chocolate and sliced banana to serve

 

Method

Place all ingredients in a blender slowly adding the regular cows milk until you reach the taste and consistency you want, then serve.

 

What Is Kefir?

Kefir has a sour flavour to it is similar to a drinking-style yogurt, but it contains beneficial yeast as well as friendly ‘probiotic’ bacteria found in yogurt. The naturally occurring bacteria and yeast combine symbiotically to give superior health benefits when consumed regularly. It can be made from any type of milk, cow, goat or sheep, coconut, rice or soy. Although it is slightly mucous forming, the mucous has a “clean” quality to it that creates ideal conditions in the digestive tract for the colonization of friendly bacteria.

How Is It made?

Kefir is made from gelatinous white or yellow particles called “grains.” This makes it unique, as no other milk culture forms grains. These grains contain the bacteria/yeast mixture clumped together with casein (milk proteins) and complex sugars. They look like pieces of coral or small clumps of cauliflower and range from the size of a grain of wheat to that of a hazelnut. Some of the grains have been known to grow in large flat sheets that can be big enough to cover your hand!. The grains ferment the milk, incorporating their friendly organisms to create the cultured product. The grains are then removed with a strainer before consumption of the kefir and added to a new batch of milk.  You can by these grains from most health food shops or order them online.

What Are The Benefits?

Kefir has a large amounts of probiotics, the special forces of the microbial world. One in particular that’s specific to kefir alone is called Lactobacillus Kefiri, and it helps defend against harmful bacteria like salmonella and E. Coli. This bacterial strain, along with the various others handfuls, helps modulate the immune system and inhibit many predatory bacteria growth.

It is easily digested, it cleanses the intestines, provides beneficial bacteria and yeast, vitamins and minerals, and complete proteins. Because kefir is such a balanced and nourishing food, it contributes to a healthy immune system and has been used to help patients suffering from AIDS, chronic fatigue syndrome, herpes, and cancer. Its tranquilizing effect on the nervous system has benefited many who suffer from sleep disorders, depression, and ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).  The regular consumption of this nutrient-dense food can help relieve all intestinal disorders including IBS, Crohn’s disease and ulcers; it promotes bowel movements, reduces flatulence and creates a healthier digestive system. In addition, its cleansing effect on the whole body helps to establish a balanced inner ecosystem for optimum health and longevity.  Kefir can also help eliminate unhealthy food cravings by making the body more nourished and balanced. Its excellent nutritional content offers healing and health-maintenance benefits to people in every type of condition.

 

Sources

http://www.kefir.net/kefir-benefits/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4052788/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4356930/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4854945/

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/health-benefits-kefir