Yesterday I went for my first longish run with my new shoes.  I felt like I was floating on Cloud-Nine!  Heaven on earth on my feet.

photoThen I went grocery shopping and since I’ve been on a smoothie kick lately, I decided to try some kefir.  Kefir is fermented milk, a probiotic drink akin to drinkable yogurt.  The brand I bought, Green Valley Organics, is made with dairy, but is lactose-free.  Now how can that be?  They add the enzyme lactase which lactose-intolerant people aren’t able to produce to break down the milk sugar, lactose.  Lactase then breaks the sugar down into easily digested sugars (glucose and galactose).  The probiotics in kefir help aid digestion in that they boost the gut-flora (the community of healthy bacteria in your intestines) that help us break down food and absorb nutrients.  So feeling like a light dinner, but still protein-rich, I created this “Cherry Berry Kefir Smoothie,” which should really just be called the “1/2 cup smoothie.”  I didn’t realize until now everything was measured in 1/2 cup increments!

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Cherry Berry Kefir Smoothie

INGREDIENTS:
1/2 cup plain lactose-free kefir
1/2 cup coconut water
1/2 frozen banana
1/2 cup frozen cherries
1/2 cup frozen berry medley
1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 cup ice
DIRECTIONS:

  1. Throw everything in the blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Top with a little drizzle of honey and some shredded coconut to garnish.
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