Smoothies are a great way to start the day. Quick to make and easy to take with you, they are also a fantastic way to jam-pack nutrients into your body. Combining coconut water, kefir and beets with some fruit and mint, this superfood smoothie will keep you satisfied until your next meal.
Coconut water is high in naturally occurring electrolytes, especially potassium, calcium, and magnesium. These minerals are highly alkaline-forming, supporting the body’s proper pH balance and optimal metabolic function.
Kefir offers a very tangy flavor to the shake. Kefir is cultured from kefir grains, seed-like pellets made from insoluble milk caseins that are removed from previous batches of kefir. Different from the bacteria used to ferment yogurt, kefir grains contain a dozen or more kinds of microbes, including lactobacilli, lactococci, yeasts, and a vinegar bacteria. Kefir enhances digestion and restores intestinal flora.
Beets are high in immune-boosting vitamin C, fiber, and essential minerals like potassium (essential for healthy nerve and muscle function) and manganese (which is good for your bones, liver, kidneys and pancreas).
And although the smoothie is super healthy, one of the best things about it is versatility. Don’t have bananas on hand? Use mango. If no mango, use pineapple.
• 2 cups coconut water
• 1 cup plain kefir
• 1 very ripe pear, cored and diced
• 1 small banana, peeled and sliced
• 3 ice cubes
• 1/2 cup peeled, grated raw beetroot
• 1/4 cup chopped mint leaves
• 2 Tbsp flax oil
• Quarter-size piece of ginger root, peeled and minced (more or less depending on how spicy you like it)
• 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
Place all ingredients in a blender at high speed until the you have a smooth consistency. Pour into glasses and enjoy!
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