Our guts have a lot to do with our health. There is a constant battle going on between the good bacteria that we need and the bad stuff. Whoever we feed the most is stronger. One way that I try to help the “good guys” is by drinking kefir and eating yogurt. Kefir can be as thick as yogurt if you leave it out long enough, but the flavor will be very strong. It is the ultimate in helping your gut bacteria population. Not only does it supply a whole host of good bacteria, but it also coats the lining of your gut and makes a wonderful place for the good bacteria to colonize and live in. I make the kefir from our raw milk and since it is not heated at all, none of the enzymes are destroyed. I have kefir grains (they look like a clump of cauliflower) and keep them in a little tea diffuser that has no metal on it. I put the diffuser with the grains in it in the bottom of a quart jar. I like to use a wide mouth size. I then fill the jar with milk. I put the cap loosely on it and leave it out on my counter for 24 hours. I then take out the tea diffuser and rinse it. I put it in another jar and fill it with milk and start all over again. I keep the kefir that is done in the refrigerator. You can also put the grains in a smaller amount of milk and keep it in the fridge if you get too much to use at one time. It is very easy to make kefir at home. Getting some grains from someone is all you need to do.
On to my smoothie. I make a smoothie each day. It gives me the probiotics from the kefir and yogurt, but I also use it to get some good healthy fat as well. I also put a tablespoon of grass fed gelatin in it as well. Gelatin is so good for your joints and hair and nails. I was using coconut oil. I would lightly heat it just until it turned liquid. Then I would pour it in last while the blender was going. Sometimes it would clump up and make chunks. However, the last few days I decided to try something different. I put a half of an avocado in my smoothie. At first I thought it sounded a bit gross. I have been hearing of others making avocado chocolate pudding and even a raw key lime pie with avocado. So, I decided to try. It is DELICIOUS!!! It makes the smoothie so fluffy. You would never guess there was an avocado in it at all. Try it and see!!!
Strawberry Avocado Smoothie
- 1 cup of kefir
- 1/2 to 1 cup of yogurt
- 6 to 8 strawberries (can be frozen)
- 1/2 of an avocado cut up
- Sweetener to taste (I used this stevia powder. It only takes a couple of shakes) You could use honey or maple syrup
- 1 Tbsp. of gelatin
I put all the ingredients into the blender and turn it on and let it go until it is smooth. I have also been adding some glucomannon powder occasionally. It really fluffs up the smoothie. In fact I often have to eat it with a spoon. It is the powdered form of the Konjac root.