Raspberry Kefir Smoothie

Beverages, Leslie's Featured Recipes.
Packed with antioxidants, potassium and good-for-you probiotic bacteria, this smoothie makes for a filling breakfast or an energizing midday snack. This recipe works well with any berry, not just raspberries. Try blueberries, strawberries or blackberries. You'll find kefir, a fermented milk product, in the dairy section of most grocery stores and natural food stores.

Raspberry Kefir Smoothie

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredients
2 cups / 500 ml plain kefir
1 cup / 250 ml raspberries, frozen when fresh are out of season
2 small bananas
ice, if desired

Directions

In a blender, combine kefir, raspberries, and banana. Purée until smooth. Serve cold.

Serves 2.

Per 1.5 cup (375 ml) serving: 230 cal, 10 g pro, 2.2 g total fat (2 g saturated fat), 45 g carb, 5 g fibre, 13 mg chol, 123 mg sodium

Note: Kefir typically contains three times the amount of probiotic cultures than yogurt. To make kefir, milk is fermented with a mixture of 10 to 20 different types of probiotic bacteria and yeasts; most yogurts are made using only a few. A higher probiotic count per serving means bigger potential benefits to your digestive health and immune system. Growing evidence suggests that some probiotics can help prevent allergies and eczema, alleviate bloating and constipation, treat inflammatory bowel disease, lower elevated cholesterol and possibly guard against colon cancer.

Source: Leslie Beck's Healthy Kitchen