Yesterday I mentioned using Kefir as a substitute for buttermilk in the Irish Soda Bread. Kefir smoothies are a favorite of mine and have been since excluding meat from my diet.
Kefir is a tart, creamy cultured milk that is 99% lactose free. This low-fat beverage contains live and active probiotic cultures (15-20 Billion CFUs’) that is high in protein, calcium and vitamin D. It is known as the “Champagne of Dairy” due to the slightly effervescent nature. This is a sign that the cultures are live and active as a result of natural fermentation. Kefir has been popular in Eastern Europe for more than 2000 years.
The pictures below display the blueberry flavored smoothie blended with fruit used to enhance the taste and add nutritional benefits. The process takes five minutes in the Nutribullet. Remember the taste is tangy so you may wish to add agave or honey. This Lifeway product comes in various flavors and is sold as low as $3.49 in local stores.