This is a variation of our kefir smoothie base recipe. A kefir smoothie is a great way to start your morning, fuel a workout, or satisfy a craving for something cold, creamy, and sweet! This banana berry kefir smoothie is delicious, easy to make, and packed with healthy ingredients!
Are Smoothies Healthy?
While eating whole fruit is normally best, a smoothie can be a great way to get lots of fruits and/or vegetables in one easy serving. This smoothie features berries, which are rich in disease-fighting phytochemicals and antioxidants.
What is Kefir? What Kind Should you Buy?
Kefir is a fermented milk beverage – basically a pourable yogurt drink. It is high in probiotic cultures, which makes for a happy gut. We recommend buying plain varieties to avoid added sugars and organic, if you can afford it. Select a fat content that works with your overall diet. If you tend to consume a lot of foods high in saturated fat, a low-fat or fat-free variety is your best choice. If you limit saturated fat in your diet, whole milk varieties are fine.
For more information, check out our ingredient guide.
Which Blender is Best for Smoothies?
If you want to make this Banana Berry Kefir Smoothie for breakfast and are in a time crunch, place all of the non-frozen ingredients in your blender’s jar and place it in the fridge the night before. Add the frozen ingredients in the morning and blend!
Spinach has a milder flavor than heartier greens like kale, so if you are unsure about the flavor of greens in your smoothies, start with spinach. Leafy greens will turn your beautiful pink smoothie a greenish/brownish hue, but we promise it will still taste great!
If your smoothie is too thick after blending, add more liquid. If it is too thin, add more fruit or ice.
- Banana: sub another creamy fruit, like mangos or avocados.
- Berries: sub your favorite frozen fruit.
- Kefir: sub 1/2 cup plain Greek or regular yogurt + 1/2 cup milk/milk substitute for 1 cup kefir.
- Oats: sub quick oats, but not steel cut. Steel cut oats need to be cooked for optimal digestion.
Add a dash of real vanilla or almond extract for extra flavor. If too tangy, add some honey or agave. For more protein, add 1 Tablespoon of nut butter. The variations are endless!
Want to create your own kefir smoothie variation? Check out our base recipe!
Pair this smoothie with a handful of our energy bites for a quick grab and go breakfast!
Leftover Banana Berry Kefir Smoothie?
Keep leftovers in the fridge and enjoy the next day. This smoothie can hold for longer than a day in the fridge, but could start to separate. Simply shake before drinking, and voila! Delicious, nutritious smoothie goodness.
Interested in more smoothie recipes?
Check out these easy, healthy smoothie ideas!
This quick Banana Berry Kefir Smoothie features kefir, frozen berries, banana, and spinach for a healthy and delicious drink!
- 1 cup frozen berry mix
- 1 cup lightly packed spinach (optional)
- 1 cup plain kefir
- 1 large ripe banana (~1 cup)
- 6-8 ice cubes
Place all ingredients in a blender and puree. Enjoy!