Bio-tiful’s organic kefir is made from organic whole milk from my beloved Riverford Organic Farmers’ own dairy herd. Kefir is a two thousand year old, bio-live, smooth, tangy, cultured milk drink that’s long been revered in Russia and Eastern Europe for its health benefits because it’s full of beneficial bacteria a.k.a ‘friendly’ or ‘helpful’ bacteria (the good guys) that help displace the harmful bacteria (the bad guys) in your gut.
For people who are less than vigilant about eating healthily, the bad guys have no problem invading your body via your bloodstream causing chronic inflammation and ultimately disease. The good guys in kefir (known as probiotics) help to protect the delicate cells lining the gut, to efficiently move food through the gut, to synthesise certain vitamins and to ferment indigestible foods. In short, they are essential for good digestive health, strengthening the immune system, improving nutrient uptake and the absorption of minerals.
In addition to organic kefir, I’ve used raw organic milk (you can use goat’s, cow’s, coconut or homemade nut milk), fresh organic blueberries and frozen organic mixed berries. I then supercharged my Feel Good Berry Smoothie with a powerful antioxidant powder to create the most delightfully cool and luscious, nutritious drink.
The word kefir means ‘feel good’ in Turkish. Precisely so. I find this quick-to-make Feel Good Berry Smoothie the most cheerfully delicious, fruit-packed way to energise my day.
Feel Good Berry Smoothie (makes 2 large glasses)
250ml organic raw whole milk (or other milk of choice e.g. coconut, almond, tiger nut cashew etc.)
150g organic mixed frozen berries (I used Duchy Organic Berry Mix)
125g fresh organic blueberries
2 small/medium organic bananas
2-3 drops natural liquid stevia, optional
Using a high-power blender, whizz all the ingredients together for about 30 seconds until smooth and creamy.
Pour into two tall glasses and don’t wait to enjoy!
Carbohydrate 43g Protein 20g - per large glass serving