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What Is a Kefir Smoothie?

A glass of kefir.
Adding banana to a kefir smoothie will make it thicker and more creamy.
A kefir smoothie may contain mangos.
A kefir smoothie.
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A kefir smoothie is a cool, fruity drink that is made with kefir, a creamy type of fermented milk. It is similar to a smoothie made with yogurt and contains beneficial probiotic bacteria, but it also contains helpful yeast and more antioxidants. Any type of smoothies made with fruits such as strawberries, bananas, and cherries can be healthy and delicious.

People who haven’t tasted kefir might have seen it on the grocery shelves nestled near the yogurt and bottled yogurt smoothies. This fermented milk costs a bit more, but it has grown in popularity. Most commercially available kefir is made from cow’s milk, although it can be cultured using any kind of milk, as well as soy or coconut liquids. Even the dairy-base variety is fine for those who are lactose intolerant. One kefir smoothie per day is often more than enough to regularize digestion and to provide protein and vitamins.

Kefir has been described as watery yogurt, which makes it sound less tasty than many people consider it to be. It does have a yogurt-like or buttermilk-like tang to it, and it’s thinner and therefore more drinkable that yogurt. One of the nice things about kefir is that it goes well with just about any kind of fruit or nuts. Raspberries, blackberries, and peaches are popular smoothie, but a fine one also can be made with kiwi, melon, and a bit of orange juice.

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A tropical smoothie can be made with some mango, pineapple, and a little fresh or dried coconut. A squirt of lime also can be added. A clever way for someone to add ballast to this version is by freezing a banana in chunks and blending that into the other ingredients. The banana flavor isn’t pronounced, but it can give the smoothie a thicker, almost ice cream-like texture.

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