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Autumn Berry Kefir Smoothie

KEFIRAlana Holloway
Autumn Berry Kefir Smoothie

Although I drink smoothies less in the colder months, I still love one every now and again.  This one makes a creamy and comforting change from the peppy ones whizzed up in the Summer.  Plus, it contains Kefir so is totally loved by your gut.  TOP TIP: 'chew' your smoothie, don't guzzle it down.  This gives your mouth a chance to begin the digestive process via the digestive enzymes in your saliva, meaning your gut won't get a shock when it’s presented with a load of smoothie!

Ingredients
Serves 2

200ml Autumn Berry Kefir (try to get it before it carbonates)
200ml coconut milk
1 avocado
150g blackberries (fresh or frozen)
3/4tsp maca - optional
3/4tsp baobab - optional
2tbsp hemp seeds to sprinkle on top

Method

-Blend all ingredients together until completely smooth.

-Sprinkle some hemp seeds on top and enjoy!


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To make,  blend until smooth;
225ml Cucumber + Lime Kefir
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1/2 an avocado
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Ingredients
Serves 2

150ml Peach & Elderflower Kefir
1 large green banana
4 florets of steamed & frozen cauliflower
20 slices (equivalent of 2 whole peaches) of frozen peach
4 tbsp coconut yoghurt
1 heaped tsp raw honey

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Ingredients
Serves 4

300g rhubarb
300ml coconut cream
200ml Rhubarb + Rose Kefir
Gelatin – I use 1tbsp + 1tsp grass fed powdered gelatin by Great Lakes
6tsp raw honey
1/4tsp rose water (optional)

Method

- Trim and chop the rhubarb into 1-inch pieces.  Place in a saucepan with a dash of water, pop a lid on and cook over a medium heat for approx. 10 minutes, or until the rhubarb is soft and is just about holding it’s form.

- Heat the coconut cream in a saucepan over a medium heat until it’s very gently simmering before removing from the heat.

- Bloom the gelatin by mixing it with enough water so that it has a consistency of apple sauce.  Allow to sit for a minute or two.

- Add the bloomed gelatin to the hot coconut cream and whisk vigorously until fully dissolved

- Allow the coconut cream to cool until it’s a little over warm to the touch before adding the raw honey, rhubarb, Kefir and rosewater if you are using it.  Stir gently to combine (and dissolve the honey).

- Pour into small bowls or small sundae glasses and refrigerate for 1 - 1.15hrs, until just set.  Any longer than this and it will become more jelly like.  If you have to leave it longer and it does become more of a jelly, remove it from the fridge 30-45mins before serving to loosen up again.

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Ingredients
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3 small florets cauliflower (cooked and frozen)
5 walnut sized chunks carrot (cooked and frozen)
1 underripe/green banana (a great prebiotic source)
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Optional: 1 scoop collagen powder

Method

- When you have a spare 5 minutes, steam some chopped cauliflower and carrots, before allowing to cool and then freezing.  I do this with all sorts of vegetables, meaning I have a lovely array of smoothie fillings to hand.  Broccoli and beetroot work perfectly, as do spinach and peas (although I don’t steam these).

- Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.  It’s that easy!!

Kefir, Banana + Mango Smoothie

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INGREDIENTS
Makes 1 large or two small smoothies

1 underripe/green banana.  A frozen banana will produce a thicker smoothie.
100g frozen mango
250ml Kefir - a ginger based one works perfectly
100g coconut yoghurt

METHOD

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INGREDIENTS
Serves 1

250ml Pomegranate + Thyme Kefir
1tbsp chia seeds
Thyme to garnish (optional)

METHOD
- In a glass, whisk the kefir and chia together with a fork.  
- Leave for an hour or so (or better, overnight) whisking a few more times throughout to ensure the chia are well distributed.  The chia will soak up most of the kefir and you'll be left with something between a snack and a drink.

Top tip: Make this the 'night before' and enjoy during the next day's afternoon slump.