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This Smoothie Recipe Will Make You Want to Use Kefir Instead of Regular Yogurt

If you haven't tried probiotic-packed kefir before, we've got just the smoothie recipe from The Kefir Cookbook.

If you haven't given kefir a try, it's finally time. Not only is this creamy drink an excellent source of probiotics, but it also keeps your digestion moving, helps support your immune system, and gives your bones a boost of calcium. The health benefits of kefir are numerous, and while you could just drink it solo, we love the idea of using its tangy taste in a healthy smoothie.

The banana, date, and hemp smoothie recipe below is from Lifeway Foods' The Kefir Cookbook, which has creative ways to incorporate kefir into every meal (including dessert!). This smoothie is an amazing way to kickstart your day, thanks to creamy kefir, potassium-packed banana, fiber- and antioxidant-rich dates, and a dose of protein from peanut butter. This superfood smoothie is rich, creamy, and a true treat that's worth waking up for.

Plus, thanks to the fermentation process, kefir is almost completely lactose-free, making it possible for most people who are lactose-intolerant to enjoy it as well.

Banana, Date, and Hemp Smoothie Recipe

Servings: 1

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1 cup plain whole milk kefir
1 small frozen banana
1/2 cup hemp milk
1/2 cup chopped pitted Medjool dates
1 tablespoon hemp seed
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
pinch of ground cinnamon, plus extra for garnish
pinch of sea salt or Himalayan pink salt
1 tablespoon peanut butter, for garnish


1. In a blender, combine all ingredients except the peanut butter and blend until you achieve your desired consistency.
2. Garnish with cinnamon and peanut butter.

How delicious (and easy!) is that? Whether you enjoy it in your to-go cup or you eat it like a smoothie bowl, you can't go wrong with this healthy morning meal.

If you're looking for more smoothie recipes to help you lose weight, sneak in more fruits and vegetables, and start your day with a healthy breakfast, check out our book Zero Belly Smoothies  and our Zero Belly app for more smoothie ideas (and yes, you'll now want to add kefir to the mix!).

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