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A Kefir Smoothie and Some Beneficial Superfoods

Posted Oct 16 2009 10:02pm


Kefir milk is almost non-existent a few years ago. Although there was a supplier that my uncle introduced to us, she is difficult to get in touch with. Well, first impressions last so I just let it passed. A few months ago, I learned that Mr. Arthur Tanco the owner of Bizu Patiserrie, famous for their macaroons and pastries, is selling kefir at Salcedo Market. But sometimes I order directly from him. I actually want to make my own kefir milk but ordering them is much more convenient at the moment. But sooner or later, I would have to ask Mr. Tanco to supply me one of his kefir grains so I could make my own milk, coconut or water kefir. His kefir milk is made from organic raw milk who eats nothing but 100% natural greens and feeds free from pesticides and other artificial products.

What is so special about kefir that they’re actually considered better than yogurt? Well, kefir contains around 30 strains of good bacteria and it colonizes the gastro-intestinal tract that yogurt cannot achieve. Kefir also contains lactase, an enzyme that helps digest lactose (milk sugar).



Kefir is a good source of nutrients namely vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids and probiotics. There are so many benefits of kefir but I’ll simplify it for you. For now I’m giving you two that acts a channel to every area of your body.

  • First, kefir improves the function of the whole digestive system. The digestive system is responsible in digesting the food you eat the moment it enters your mouth all the way through elimination. That also includes every antibiotic and medications that you’ve taken. When your digestive system is functioning properly, you prevent other problems because nutrients are well assimilated and absorbed by the body.

  • Second, it greatly improves the immune system by keeping a healthy population of good bacteria and yeasts in the colon while flushing out harmful bacteria. In fact, 80% of a healthy immune system starts with the digestive system. One can’t improve the immune system without first improving the digestion system. The bottom line is, it all starts with your digestive system.
Kefir, by nature, is very tart. It is usually blended with fruits to improve the taste. Kefir can be used in other food preparations such as lacto-fermented foods, in breads, as a dressing in smoothies and many others.



In this smoothie, I combined the following:
  • 1 cup kefir milk
  • 1 banana
  • ¼ dragon fruit
  • 10 ashitaba (aka Tomorrow) leaves
  • 1 tbsp hemp hearts
  • 1 tbsp psyllium husk
  • 1 tbsp ground mixed seeds
  • 1 tsp bee pollen
And that smoothie is always subject to change.

You can do all kinds of smoothies but this would be a great opportunity for me to briefly introduce some super foods that I added to my kefir and to be used in other recipes. Yes, briefly.

Superfoods

Bee Pollen


This is the crème de la crème of the bee by-products. One of the world’s most complete foods, bee pollen is rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acid, anti-oxidants and bioflavonoid. They are made natural by nature – the bees.

Hemp Hearts


It is the only natural food that is concentrated with all of the required proteins and essential fats. One of the benefits of consuming hemp hearts is weight lost for obese people if taken 5-6 tablespoons in the morning. It also suppresses the cravings for sugar and processed food as well as other refined carbohydrates. When your body is absorbing the nutrients you get from food, you won’t be hungry all the time because your body is getting what it needs.

Gogi Berries


This berry has been mentioned many times during the past few years but it has been used in Chinese medicine for such a long time. Commonly used with other herbs in various dishes in Oriental cuisine, this mighty goji berries is considered one the super foods of today and the future. I mentioned before that goji berries benefits overall health of your vision. They are so nutritionally-rich, they also boosts your immune system, supports brain and neurological, cardiovascular health and other organs.

Ashitaba Leaves


They are also called Tomorrow Leaf or Earth Growth. They are a great tonic for the digestive and immune system. It purifies the blood and promotes blood circulation. They are high in antioxidant which helps fight free radical and they are good in detoxifying the body. They are flourishing in our garden more than our basil leaves so I might do an Ashitaba pesto next time.

Mixed Raw Seed Trail


These are combinations of 3 parts sesame, sunflower and pumpkin seeds and 1 part golden or brown flax seeds. Chia seeds can be also be added. They are best grounded a la minute before using most especially flax seeds. Flax seeds are hard to chew and they are best absorbed when grounded. With this combination of seed, you’ll get a mix concoction of essential fatty acids.

Other Functional Foods

Psyllium Husk


Psyllim husk is a fiber made of complex carbohydrates extracted from the Psyllium plant.
Just like golden flax seeds, they are soluble in water which expands and becomes mucilaginous when wet. Taking psyllium husk is in tandem in drinking lots of water. Just use psyllium husk with caution.

Lecithin Granules


Lecithin is a special kind of fat called a phospholipid, which contains the nutrient choline, a B vitamin. Some sources of lecithin are organic eggs yolks, liver, peanuts, wheat germ, cauliflower, milk, and soybeans. Three things to remember about the benefits of lecithin: heart health, liver function and slow memory loss.

I hope you enjoyed my short introduction of kefir milk and some super foods. They're probably more of a recap than an introduction. And you might already be familiar with them. But any questions, comments and suggestions are always welcome. I really appreciate them.

If you live in Metro Manila you can order your kefir milk, bee pollen and hemp hearts at Chlorophyll Manila website.

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