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Homemade Blueberry Vanilla Kefir Smoothie: A Refreshing Probiotic Drink

The blueberry vanilla kefir smoothie is a sweet-tangy, probiotic-rich, refreshing drink that is a favorite in our house. It combines the fermented goodness of homemade kefir with the sweet blueberry-vanilla flavor. Today I’m going to share this super-easy recipe with you.

Why Blueberry Vanilla Kefir?

We’ve found that kefir is one of the best ways to get our probiotics in for the day. While some people prefer the breakfast route, we always make our kefir smoothies along with lunch. Why do we make this happen every day? Because kefir is a powerhouse of nutrients and probiotics that support good digestive and immune health.

Benefits of Blueberry Vanilla Kefir Smoothie

  1. Packed with Probiotics: Kefir is a fermented milk drink that contains beneficial bacteria that supports good gut health. (Want to get started with kefir? Learn how to make milk kefir at home.)
  2. Increase Antioxidants : Blueberries are rich in antioxidants, which help fight against oxidative stress and inflammation in the body.
  3. Calcium and Vitamin D: Blueberry kefir is a good source of calcium and vitamin D, essential for good bone health.
  4. Improve Lactose Digestive: The probiotics in kefir can help improve lactose digestion and may alleviate symptoms of lactose sensitivities. (We have definitely seen improvement with lactose digestion since starting with kefir.)

How to Make a Blueberry Vanilla Kefir Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups milk kefir
  • 1 cup blueberries (frozen)
  • 1/2 vanilla bean
  • Optional: Sweetener of your choice (honey, stevia, maple syrup, or sugar) to taste
  • Optional additional ice

Instructions:

  1. Combine Ingredients: In a blender, combine the blueberries, kefir, sweetener. Then open the vanilla bean and scrape the vanilla into the blender, discarding the wood.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Serve right away. (If a kefir smoothie is left for too long is will separate and lose its cool smoothie texture.)

Blueberry Vanilla Kefir Smoothie Q&A

1. Where can I find kefir grains?

You can find milk kefir grains at cultures for health. With kefir grains you can make your own homemade kefir for everyday consumption.

2. How much kefir can you have in one day?

According to Healthline, you can have up to three cups a day. However, start with a small amount and build from there. Kefir is probiotic rich food and can upset some people’s stomach if increased too quickly.

3. Is there a dairy free kefir option?

If you want dairy free kefir option, you could try coconut kefir.

4. Are there any health benefits to using vanilla bean?

Vanilla beans contain Vanillin which is plant compound that has potential for reducing anxiety, inflammation, and acne (see more benefits of vanilla).

Blueberry vanilla kefir is not only easy to make at home but also offers a probiotic-rich benefits that will support your family’s digestive health. I hope you feel inspired to try this tasty drink and see for yourself. If you love it, come back, comment on this post, and give it 5 stars! Thank you!

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Blueberry Vanilla Kefir Smoothie

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

The blueberry vanilla kefir smoothie is a sweet-tangy, probiotic-rich, refreshing drink that is a family favorite. It combines the fermented goodness of homemade kefir with the sweet blueberry-vanilla flavor.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups milk kefir
  • 1 cup blueberries (frozen)
  • 1/2 vanilla bean
  • Sweetener of your choice (honey, stevia, maple syrup, or sugar) to taste

Instructions

    1. Combine Ingredients: In a blender, combine the blueberries, kefir, sweetener. Then open the vanilla bean and scrape the vanilla into the blender, discarding the wood.
    2. Blend until smooth.
    3. Serve right away.

    Notes

    • If you don't have any milk kefir, you can substitute 1/2 cup of plain yogurt with 1 1/2 cups of whole milk.
    • The vanilla bean can be substituded for 1 tsp of vanilla extract.
    • Add a spoonful or two of a nut butter for added protein.
    • If you use fresh blueberries instead of frozen, add a 1/4 cup of ice to the blender to give you the cool smoothie consistency.
    • Serve right away. If a kefir smoothie is left for too long is will separate and lose its cool smoothie texture.

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