Have you tried kefir? With this Tropical Probiotic Green Smoothie, you’ll be transported to a warm sunny beach while treating your body to the health benefits of probiotic rich kefir.
My amazing hairdresser, Jaci and I struggled with the pronunciation at my last appointment. So here it is for you: sounds like kuh-feer. And here’s another fun fact. The name kefir is derived from the Turkish word, “keyif”, which relates to the good feeling someone gets after drinking it.
Kefir is a fermented drink traditionally made with sheep’s, cow’s or goat’s milk that is rich in nutrients such as calcium, protein and B vitamins. Additionally kefir is high in microorganisms known as probiotics which may help digestion, mental health and weight management. According to Healthline.com, kefir can also protect against harmful bacteria, improve bone health and it may protect against cancer.
Kefir is sour and creamy, similar to yogurt. Although it is traditionally made from cow, sheep or goat’s milk, there are also vegan options such as kefir water and coconut milk kefir.
And if you’d like, you can even make your own kefir. Here’s a great tutorial and recipe from TwoPeasAndTheirPod.com to help you get started.
Tropical Probiotic Green Smoothie
- High speed blender
- 1 cup unsweetened kefir
- 2 cups unsweetened coconut milk
- 1 ripe frozen banana
- 1 cup frozen mango
- 1 cup frozen pineapple
- 2 Tablespoons chia seeds
- 2 cups spinach
- Add all of the ingredients to a high speed blender and blend until smooth.
You’ll need the following ingredients for this Tropical Probiotic Green Smoothie…
Unsweetened kefir-1 cup
Unsweetened coconut milk-2 cups
Ripe frozen banana-1
Frozen mango-1 cups
Frozen pineapple-1 cup
Chia seeds-2 Tablespoons
Add all of the ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth…that’s it!
A few tips…
I like my smoothies to be chilly, thick and creamy. Chia seeds help with the thickness. The banana and kefir add creaminess, and keeping the spinach, banana, mango and pineapple frozen makes this smoothie chilly. When my bananas begin to turn brown, I usually slice them and place them in the freezer for smoothies and yes, I also freeze my spinach and other greens. When you have leftover salad greens and you’re not in the mood for a salad, just pop them into the freezer for your next smoothie.
Although you can add any greens to this smoothie, spinach is a great place to start as it has a mild, slightly sweet taste unlike other greens which may be bitter and sharp. Especially if you’re new to green smoothies, spinach is a great place to start.
If you’re not ready to add kefir to your diet, try a high protein milk or milk alternative.
You might also enjoy these healthy, delicious smoothies from Chasing Beans…