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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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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

Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.  Top with toasted coconut flakes, mango pieces and hemp seeds.