Strawberry Kefir Milk Shake

We've been enjoying a lot of kefir here using different flavors such as maple, cinnamon, and various fruits.  Even though it's similar to yogurt, it is a thinner drinkable consistency and is considered much more healthy as it really helps the body's digestive system. It can serve as a tasty treat or part of the meal. Just be sure to start out with small amounts to avoid bloating and gas by giving the body time to adjust. You can purchase ready made kefir at most health food stores and some grocery stores like Whole Foods or you can make it at home like I do. There are also various types of kefir using cow milk, coconut milk, or fruit juices.

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, I can't think of a healthier way to show my love than with a serving of this delicious pink concoction. I make a batch at a time but if you are using ready made kefir, you can make one cup at a time using the amount of strawberries that satisfies your sweet tooth - this is a drink you can share!

Strawberry Kefir Milk Shake

A delightful tangy sweetness

Yields: 4 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: None

Nutrition facts: 98 calories, 38 from fat

Ingredients

  • 4 cups prepared milk kefir
  • 1 lb fresh or frozen strawberries

Instructions:

  1. Remove the tops of the strawberries and puree in a food processor or blender.
  2. Add the kefir and blend.

You can store it in a glass container in the refrigerator for up to 14 days. It can be frozen for up to 3 months in ziplock freezer bags or plastic freezer storage containers the beneficial probiotics will go dormant until thawed.  Leave some headspace and remove as much air as possible.  Place the containers against the walls of the freezer so it freezes as quickly as possible. Place it in the refrigerator to thaw at least 24 hours before you plan to use it. The solids and whey will separate but you can shake the thawed kefir to reincorporate.

Just two ingredients

Just two ingredients

I actually didn't let him drink all of it at one time since his body needs to adjust to the probiotics.  For a small dog start small and work up to about 1/4 cup a day.

I actually didn't let him drink all of it at one time since his body needs to adjust to the probiotics.  For a small dog start small and work up to about 1/4 cup a day.

It was a hit with our cats too!

It was a hit with our cats too!