One 8-ounce serving of kefir delivers up about 20 percent of your daily calcium needs, as well as good amounts of vitamin B12, biotin and phosphorus along with a whopping 10.5 grams of protein. Those who are lactose intolerant have an easier time digesting kefir. The probiotics in kefir can also help normalize digestive troubles. You can make milk kefir at home, but store bought is excellent, too. You’ll find it in the refrigerated dairy section of the grocery store. Unsweetened organic kefir offers the most health benefits.
This smoothie is reminiscent of a savoury lassi. Not only will you reap the benefits of the helpful strains of bacteria and yeast, but kefir also has plenty of calcium, protein and vitamin D. Cucumber is very hydrating and loaded with cucurbitacins, lignans and flavonoids that have anti-inflammatory benefits. Cilantro and fresh lemon juice are great detoxifiers. Sip on this smoothie between meals as a snack. (I’ve included a sweet variation too!)
- 2 cups organic unsweetened whole milk kefir, chilled
- 1 cup chopped cucumber, peeled if waxed
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro or mint leaves
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- pinch salt
- cumin seeds, optional for garnish
Place everything into the blender and puree until smooth. Drink immediately.
Sweet variation – omit the ground cumin and seeds, use fresh mint, and add sugar or honey to taste. Mango, peach or berries can be used in place of the chopped cucumber too.
Makes 1-2 servings