If you take a look at what's on the shelves at your local health food store or co-op, you'll notice that there's an entire section dedicated to kefir in the refrigerated section. It's sort of funny to think about how kefir was traditionally made - in animal skin bags traveling through the mountains. I like to wonder what the original kefir-drinking nomads would think about the kefir many Americans buy at the store - flavored with exotic fruits, spices, and all the different sweeteners such as honey, agave nectar, and maple syrup - in a convenient, brightly colored bottle. Instead of picking up a bottle myself, I like to look at the pretty bottles for flavor inspirations. Here are a few I've been making in my kitchen recently! Don't get too caught up in the measurements - simply throw the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. You can either add, substitute, or skip ingredients if you'd like. And then voila! You have a delicious kefir beverage just as good or better than what you'd find at the store. As a bonus, you'll pay much less when you do it yourself!  

1 Serving Each

    Golden Milk Smoothie
  • 1 cup kefir
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 tsp. ground turmeric (or a chunk of fresh the size of your pinky nail)
  • 1" fresh ginger, peeled
  • 2 dashes cinnamon
  • 1 dash black pepper
  • 1 dash nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  Matcha-Vanilla Smoothie
  • 1 cup kefir
  • 1-2 tsp. matcha powder
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbs. honey, agave nectar, or maple syrup
  Mango Lassi Smoothie
  • 1 cup kefir
  • 1/2 ripe mango
  • 1 tsp. ground cardamom
  • Chopped pistachios (as a topping)
  Green Dragon CBD Smoothie
  • 1 cup kefir
  • 1/3 frozen banana
  • 1/3 cup pineapple
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 dropper full CBD oil (optional)
  • 1 tsp. spirulina (optional - for color)
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger (or small piece fresh)
  • 1 Tbs. lime juice
  • 1 Tbs. honey
  Pineapple Licuado Smoothie
  • 1 cup kefir
  • 1/2 cup pineapple chunks
  • 1 Tbs. lime juice
  • 4-5 ice cubes
  • 1 Tbs. honey