This carrot cake smoothie contains kefir milk, one of my favorite fermented foods to support our immune health. Most people are aware of the benefits of yogurt, another example of of a fermented food made from milk. But, there are a few important differences between kefir milk and yogurt. Learn more about the benefits of fermented foods HERE.
Carrot Cake Smoothie with Kefir Milk
For starters, kefir milk has a larger number of health-promoting bacteria strains. Most kefir milk has 12 different strains of live and active cultures and 25-30 billion Colony Forming Units (CFU) compared to the average yogurt of 1 to 5 strains with 6 billion CFU. I love to use kefir milk in smoothies because 1 cup of kefir milk has 12 grams of protein compared to 6 grams in yogurt. If you’re looking for a low-sugar option, go with plain. Plain kefir has only one gram of added sugar. And, if you’re lactose-intolerant, kefir milk is a great bone-boosting option because it is 99% lactose-free.
We combined kefir milk with a handful of carrots, bananas and pumpkin pie spice to create this easy, immune-supporting smoothie! Happy slurping!
Check out our apricot, turmeric smoothie made with kefir milk!Print
- 1/2 c. vanilla soy milk
- 1/2 c. kefir milk
- 1 medium banana (frozen is best!)
- 1/2 c. carrots, raw, cut into chunks
- 1–2 T. coconut flakes
- 1 t. pumpkin pie spice
- Blend and enjoy!