Kale & Kefir Smoothie

I have decided that I really need to amp up my veggie intake.  The first step to getting them in me is starting right in the morning.  I find if I set the tone early on, I will stick with it throughout the day.  Look mom, I already had 2 cups of kale and it is barely 10am 🙂

Kefir is normally a little sour in taste, but in combination with the right flavours, it is actually quite enjoyable.  I wouldn’t necessarily drink it on its own, but as an ingredient, it works extremely well!

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I do not ingest much dairy, with the exception of Kefir, Ghee, and Goat’s Cheese.  Here are some of the reasons why I believe Kefir is a great addition to my diet:

The regular use of kefir can help relieve all intestinal disorders, promote bowel movement, reduce flatulence and create a healthier digestive system. In addition, its cleansing effect on the whole body helps to establish a balanced inner ecosystem for optimum health and longevity.

Kefir can also help eliminate unhealthy food cravings by making the body more nourished and balanced. Its excellent nutritional content offers healing and health-maintenance benefits to people in every type of condition.

In addition to beneficial bacteria and yeast, kefir contains minerals and essential amino acids that help the body with healing and maintenance functions. The complete proteins in kefir are partially digested and therefore more easily utilized by the body. Tryptophan, one of the essential amino acids abundant in kefir, is well known for its relaxing effect on the nervous system. Because kefir also offers an abundance of calcium and magnesium, which are also important minerals for a healthy nervous system, kefir in the diet can have a particularly profound calming effect on the nerves.

Kefir’s ample supply of phosphorus, the second most abundant mineral in our bodies, helps utilize carbohydrates, fats, and proteins for cell growth, maintenance and energy.

Kefir is rich in Vitamin B12, B1, and Vitamin K. It is an excellent source of biotin, a B Vitamin which aids the body’s assimilation of other B Vitamins, such as folic acid, pantothenic acid, and B12. The numerous benefits of maintaining adequate B vitamin intake range from regulation of the kidneys, liver and nervous system to helping relieve skin disorders, boost energy and promote longevity.

(Source of information:  Kefir.net)

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Kale & Kefir Smoothie:

2 c Kale, packed (no stems)

1 1/2 c plain Kefir

1 c frozen mango

1/2 c frozen pineapple

Optional:  For a little extra creaminess and sweetness, add a fresh ripe banana.  (Not today for me)

 

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Add ingredients to your high speed blender in the order listed above.  Blend on high until smooth.  Serve immediately.  Makes 1-2 servings.

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