Let’s talk about probiotics. You need them. I need them. Probiotics are good bacteria that really help your gut and digestive track. Maybe you already know this, maybe you don’t. I just need something to write.
After doing a lot of reading, I have come to the conclusion that I need to drink kefir like everyday of my life forever. Kefir is a drinkable yogurt, but it is way healthier than yogurt ever thought it was. Yogurt wishes it was kefir. We are talking a bajillion good bacteria in this stuff. Here is a great article on the subject.
The kicker is that kefir is *super* sour. Sorry about that. It would be pretty rough to drink on it’s own, in my opinion. I’ve heard some brave souls do, but I just don’t think I could. But I never thought I would quit coffee or oil pull either, so who knows what the future holds for me. Anyway…
To get my daily dose of kefir in, I need it to, well, not make me gag. So I made a delicious drink out of it. Even my hormonal-and-taste bud-impaired-because-she-is-pregnant-and-everything-just-tastes-off-to-her daughter was LOVING this. In fact, I made this recipe up with her in mind. Because I love her and I know she needs probiotics AND citrus in her body right now and I am the type of person whose love language is to fix people’s lives and do stuff for them. I make food, I clean, sometimes I rake…that is the way I show my love.
This time, I made up a recipe and said “Here, drink this for your well being and the well being of my second grandboy.”
I bought my kefir at my local grocery store and the brand was Lifeway. It was the only brand they had, so in the buggy it went. One day I’ll probably venture to make my own, but this was really convenient and the label said that there were no hormones or antibiotics in the milk they used to make it, so I was impressed. It kind of smells like buttermilk to me. I didn’t try it plain because I didn’t want to get a mental block, but I felt it would be best to blend for my first time. After a couple of tries, I nailed a delicious orange drink I could drink several times a week. And I have. Except when I drink my mango one. That’s coming next.
This is NOT a super sweet drink. It is still a bit sour, but very tasty. The zest from the orange is important because the first few tries I didn’t use the zest and it wasn’t orangey enough. I did need a full tablespoon of honey to cut all the sour. The essential oil isn’t essential to the recipe, but if you have it, why not use a drop in there? Sometimes I do and sometimes I don’t.
–All ingredients can be adjusted to your taste buds.
–If it’s too thin when you blend it, add some more crushed ice. If it’s too thick, add some water.
- 1 cup crushed ice
- ½ cup Kefir (plain)
- 1 small to medium orange
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla
- 1 drop citrus or orange essential oil, optional
- Place ice and kefir in blender. Zest the orange into the blender. Peel orange and add orange segments. Add honey, vanilla, and essential oil if using. Blend until smooth, adding more ice if necessary to make it thicker, or diluting with a tablespoon of water if too thick. 1 serving. Drink immediately.