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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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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.