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Red, White, and Blue Smoothies

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Do you want to get started eating cultured foods? Then you need to try a smoothie. 

Do you think that cultured foods are hard to make? Then you need to make a smoothie.

Do you want to change your health and start craving healthier foods? Then you need to drink a smoothie.

smoothies 3Many years ago, I was desperate to feel better. I had no one to help me get started with cultured foods. In fact, everybody I talked with told me I was crazy and not to consume them. But I had an overwhelming desire to figure it out. Little did I know they were calling me to wellness. So I started on a whole new journey and before I knew it, I had made a jar of kefir. I remember vividly the day I looked in the jar and saw kefir looking back at me. This creamy concoction that had transformed while sitting on my counter and was so much easier to make than yogurt . . . would it help me? I hoped with all my heart that it would. We became best friends after that day. These invisible allies (microbes) fight pathogens and foreign invaders boosting my immune system and make me feel young and healthy.  They keep my food safe and help my body absorb nutrients. I think they’re the best friend a girl could have. The first cultured food recipe I ever made was a smoothie. This changed everything and was easy, fast, loaded with probiotics, and yummy. So I made another one and the next day after that I made it again. And before I knew it, I was making them every day.  Not only did I enjoy them, but I started to feel a lot better. This created the fastest lifestyle change I have ever had and 13 years later I am still making them.

Seek always for the answer within. Wisdom is nothing more than healed pain.

If I could encourage you to add one new thing to your life it would be a kefir smoothie. Hands down, the fastest way to get kefir into your life is with a smoothie.

Here are three smoothies that you can get started with – and they have a 4th of July theme. All of these can also be made with regular kefir or coconut kefir and taste great both ways!

3 smoothies

When you look into your kefir jar you won’t see the invisible microbes looking back at you, but they’re there. Make them a part of your life and especially your gut.  It could quite possibly . . . change your whole life.

Three Patriotic Probiotic Smoothies
Sometimes we make things too complicated when it comes to the holidays and tend to rely too heavily on familiar old, unhealthy foods from our past.

This 4th you can make one or all of these delicious probiotic and patriotic smoothies for some healthy holiday fun!
~Donna
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Ingredients
Red Smoothie
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2Cup Kefir
  • 1Cup strawberries
  • 2Tablespoons cherry juice(For extra color)
  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Milkor almond milk
White Smoothie
Blue Smoothie
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2Cup Kefir
  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Milkor almond milk
  • 1Cup blueberriesfrozen or fresh
  • 2Tablespoons Blueberry juice(For extra color)
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Instructions
  1. Pick the smoothie you want to make (red, white, or blue) and place all ingredients in a blender. You can add a cup of ice to make it extra bubbly.
  2. Blend on high speed until smooth. Serve immediately or store in a glass jar in the fridge for later.
  3. Top your smoothie with coconut, strawberries, and fresh blueberries for an extra patriotic and nutritious punch!
Recipe Notes

kefir layered

To create the layered smoothie shown to the right, I added a secret thickening ingredient which I will reveal to you in an upcoming blog. Stay tuned!

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6 Responses to "Red, White, and Blue Smoothies"
  1. DELICIOUS!
    Donna you are such an inspiration.
    I have been making kefir two weeks now and I am loving it second fermented with lemon or orange and mized with coconut yoghurt and banana on my cereal.
    I suffer from very severe IBS and am surprised to find drinking it constipates me (I expected to be running to the bathroom) but am going to persist with it because I believe in your story of healing, so much that I understand what you mean when you say they were calling you to wellness!
    I hope soon my belly will learn to love these delicious smoothies and creations as much as my tastebuds do!

    Thankyou for inspiring the world,
    Emily – Australia

    • Emily,
      Yes, keep at it and persist. It took me about 6wks to start seeing the dramatic difference in my IBS. Now 5yrs later I have had no gut pain. I drink it almost every day. How much are you drinking a day? if it constipates you, you might try adjusting the amount per day and see if that helps. Kefir is amazing stuff you will be amazed 🙂

      • Thanks Mikki for your encouragement!
        I started at only two tablespoons a day and now I am having about four tablespoons and 1/4 to a 1/2 cup of kombucha with my dinner.
        I read the blog about Maci, so I try to get a little bit in with each meal.
        I can feel my belly going crazy in there, but I keep reading this is a good sign!
        I really appreciate your comment, it means so much when I hear of someone healing from this and keeps me hopeful that I can live a normal life one day!

  2. I drink a skim-milk kefir blender smoothie every single day for lunch. Along with kale and home-grown broccoli sprouts, I add 1/2 cup cultured vegetables (usually cabbage or a cabbage-beet-parsnip-carrot combo.) I also add a drop of Stevia and a scoop of whey protein. This is an easy way for me to get my daily dose of probiotics.

    • maraleta, by using skim milk you are losing the added benefit of the extra fat in whole milk . . . also, whey protein is not very good for you .. blend in an egg instead for your healthiest protein.
      That is so great that you do this every day !!

  3. Donna – Love your website and posts- I also am a believer/practitioner and have been making my own kefir for 2 years now – using pure raw milk that I get from the nearby Amish community.Since then – no colds!- Peace – Locke

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