I don’t know if you have gotten in on the Kefir craze or not but we’ve been drinking it for a bit now and we love it! The slight tang reminds me a bit of buttermilk and we weren’t really crazy at first but now we can’t seem to get enough of it.
The kids are especially fond of their water kefir but we make and use a lot of milk kefir as well. We were doing a lot of different smoothies but the kids got a bit bored with my lack of creativity until recently.
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We were using it mostly for cooking and making kefir cheese which is similar to cream cheese. We also use our kefir to make cultured butter and sour cream… yum.
Recently I have been dealing with some major fibro flares or something of the sort which was keeping me run down and in a lot of pain. I decided something had to change so I’ve been making an effort to keep up with my kombucha as well as incorporating more milk kefir into my diet.
I’ve seen a remarkable change over the past couple of weeks and although I still don’t feel quite as well as I’d like to I can honestly say that I feel way better than I did.
I’ll try to post more of our kefir/kombucha recipes but here is one of my favorite drinks right now:
(This was modeled after a recipe in my THM cookbook… I’ll try to get a printable made up soon!)
Orange Kefir Smoothie
1-2 oranges, peeled and seeded (you can add in almost any fruit and just change the extracts to customize your own flavor)
1/2- 1 cup milk kefir (I add a little baobab to ours after the first ferment)
1/2-1 cup cottage cheese
1-3 t. Monk fruit, sweeten to your taste
2 c. ice cubes
1/2-1 t. Orange extract, optional
1 t. baobab and/or turmeric
Pinch of mineral salt
Blend all the ingredients except the ice and any optional ingredients until smooth.
Add in the ice and any optional ingredients and blend well.
Taste and adjust sweetness/flavors as needed.
Top with a bit of whipped cream, if desired.
Makes enough for 2 smaller snack servings or 1 good meal serving.
This would also be great if you replaced the ice cubes with a little vanilla ice cream for a creamsicle… yummy!