Blending up a smoothie can give you an opportunity to pack a nutritional punch with various nutrient-dense and cultured foods. Often the pickiest of eaters will gladly sip down a big frothy glass of kefir or yogurt if it is mixed with the right ingredients.
CHOOSE A SMOOTHIE BASE
The base of the smoothie is some type of cultured liquid. Choose from these cultured smoothie base options:
Dairy-free yogurt or kefir works equally well as a smoothie base.
CHOOSE ADDITIONAL INGREDIENTS
Add ingredients to the smoothie base for extra nutrition, calories, and some yumminess, to keep them varied and interesting.
Herbal Boosters. Because smoothies usually contain a sweet component like fruit or sweetener, the sometimes grassy flavors of herbs can go undetected, for a bit of extra nutrition.
Egg yolks from pastured chickens add vitamins, minerals, and good fats. (Always exercise caution when using raw egg yolks.)
Nutrient-dense Fats. Adding coconut oil, raw butter, or cod liver oil to smoothies provides extra nourishing fats.
CULTURED SMOOTHIE RECIPES
By livening up your smoothies with various fruits, flavors, and combinations you can keep your family begging for more of these cultured drinks.
- Apple Pie Smoothie
- Watermelon Smoothie
- Cranberry Smoothie
- Pumpkin Smoothie
- Mango Smoothie
- Banana Smoothie
- Peachy Kefir Smoothie
- Dairy-free Piña Colada Smoothie
- Chocolate Kefir Smoothie
- Tropical Smoothie
MAKE EXTRA FOR POPSICLES
Because smoothies are creamy and sweet they are excellent when made into probiotic popsicles. Simply take your leftover smoothie liquid (or make up a batch just for the occasion) and freeze into popsicle molds or small Dixie cups with popsicle sticks.