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THE KGB

I absolutely love this probiotic KEFIR, GINGER & BEETROOT smoothie.  How can you go wrong with something that looks, tastes, and makes you feel so good?!?

What is Kefir?

Kefir is a fermented drink made from milk (dairy or nondairy, including soy, rice and coconut) or water.  This unique probiotic powerhouse has a yogurt-like taste and lots of immune-boosting and disease-fighting benefits.  It contains bioactive compounds that can improve gut & skin health, and may even help reduce the risk of cancer & allergy symptoms.  One compound found only in kefir, known as kefiran, has been found to fight against candida, a common yeast infection.  For more info on probiotics & gut health, see website Food Joy page “The Gut Microbiome”.

Why Ginger?

Ginger provides a fresh, spicy kick alongside big benefits for gut & body health.  It has been widely used for centuries because of its anti-inflammatory, anti-nausea, analgesic & pro-digestive effects.  Research also suggests that ginger consumption can boost immunity and reduce the risk of obesity, diabetes, stroke and heart disease.

Benefits of Beetroot

Purple beets have been cultivated for thousands of years.  They have long been celebrated as an aphrodisiac given their ability to boost energy & libido.  They are packed with vitamins, minerals & fibre, including vitamin C, folate, magnesium and boron.  Beetroot also contains impressive amounts of powerful phytonutrients known as betalains.  These natural red pigments are believed to have anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer & detoxifying effects.

KGB Smoothie Recipe

For each serving, blend together until smooth:

  • 1 cup coconut kefir (or other milk-based kefir)
  • 1/2 cup cooked, peeled & chilled purple beets
  • 1/4 apple, cored
  • 2 Tbsp shelled hemp seeds (gluten-free if needed)
  • 1/2 Tbsp or more fresh peeled grated ginger*
  • optional: raw honey, pure stevia, or sweetener of choice to taste

*Notes: Start with 1/2 Tbsp ginger and then adjust to taste.  I love a strong ginger flavour, so used closer to 1 Tbsp in my smoothie.