This is one of our base recipes. A kefir smoothie is a great way to start your morning, fuel a workout, or satisfy a craving for something cold, creamy, and sweet!
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.
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 ok. For more information, check out our ingredient guide.
Which Blender is Best for Smoothies?
Any blender will work! While a Vitamix probably makes the creamiest smoothies, any full-size blender, single-serve blender, immersion blender, or even a food processor will do the job.
If you want to make smoothies 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!
Choose a creamy fruit to yield a creamy smoothie. Think bananas, avocados, mangos, etc.
If you are unsure about the flavor of greens in your smoothies, start with spinach. Spinach has a milder flavor than heartier greens like kale. Also, include a banana. It hides the taste very well!
If your smoothie is too thick after blending, add more liquid. If it is too thin, add more fruit or ice.
Keep leftovers in the fridge and enjoy the next day. They can hold for longer than a day in the fridge but often will start to separate. Simply shake before drinking, and voila! Delicious, nutritious smoothie goodness.
Need Some Inspiration?
Check out these variations of tried and true kefir smoothie recipes.
The whole family will enjoy this kefir smoothie! Blend with your choice of fresh and frozen fruit and greens for a healthy refreshing drink!
- 1 cup fresh fruit
- 1 cup frozen fruit
- 1 cup kefir
- 1 cup lightly packed leafy greens (optional)
- 6-8 ice cubes (optional)
Place all ingredients in a blender and puree. Enjoy!
If you are looking for a creamier smoothie, choose creamy fresh fruits like bananas, mangoes, and avocados (yes, avocados are a fruit!).
Be careful with the leafy greens you choose! Some can be very bitter. Spinach probably impacts the flavor the least. Kale and herbs will be stronger. Hint: banana helps mask the flavor 😉