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prebiotic smoothie

Carrot + Cauli Kefir Smoothie

KEFIR, DrinksAlana Holloway
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Yes, you read that right... cauliflower in a smoothie!! Despite what you may be thinking, you can't taste it at all.  It makes your smoothie thick and creamy, a la all the smoothie bowls you see on Instagram.  I've tried making it both with the Red Grapefruit + Rosemary Kefir and the Pear + Ginger Kefir; both work beautifully.

Ingredients
Serves 1-2

3 small florets cauliflower (cooked and frozen)
5 walnut sized chunks carrot (cooked and frozen)
1 underripe/green banana (a great prebiotic source)
500ml water kefir – both Red Grapefruit + Rosemary and Pear + Ginger work really well

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

Smoothies, KEFIRAlana Holloway
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If you've heard of probiotics, you've likely heard of PREbiotics.  If you haven't, however, worry not!  They're essentially fertiliser for the bacteria living in your gut.  Prebiotics allow the bacteria to grow and proliferate, and come in the form of plant fibres.  There's a bit of an odd list containing a few foods that will never make my death row meal; Jerusalem artichokes, chicory and green bananas, to name a few.  Whilst I don't enjoy chomping on a green banana (lucky if you do, I like mine somewhere in the middle), they're perfect to use in smoothies, producing a thicker result AND providing you with prebiotics.   So grab your banana whilst it's still green and whizz up this tropical delight.  Probiotics and prebiotics in one sip... what more could you want?!

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.