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July 12, 2007

Smart & Tasty Kefir Power Smoothie

Kefir

Hello!  I know it's been awhile since I've written anything. I've been a little preoccupied since my mother's back surgery. I went home to Oregon to be with her and the family at the time of the operation. There were some minor complications that prolonged her hospital stay and made my reluctant return to New York especially difficult. It seems to have stopped my creative flow for a bit. I did however, discover a few new gluten-free related things in the Portland area, so I'll be sure to share them with you soon.

I've been keeping up with what's been going on within the gluten-free world and I've decided to jump back into the swing of things by heeding Gluten Free By The Bay's super sweet suggestion that we all contribute recipes for Karina's new diet. (aka Gluten-free Goddess).

I made a list of what she can't have and then compared it to what she still can have. There are still some pretty amazing foods for her to celebrate, such as chocolate! I've also been wanting to introduce everyone to the probiotic superfood kefir. It made Dr. Perricone's top ten superfoods list which was featured on the Oprah show. Basically, probiotics are friendly bacteria that help your intestines out. Since most celiacs have whacked out intestinal health due to years of being undiagnosed, it makes sense to me for us all  to help our tummies out as much as we can.  Thus, my adventure into buying, making and "breeding" kefir grains, or as I jokingly call them, "my kefir babies".  I make my own kefir out of coconut milk. It's not as delicious on it's own as dairy yogurt is, but blended into things it adds a creaminess and flavor that rivals regular yogurt. Besides, it is so very good for you! I'll write about it more in depth later. I'm going to send Karina one of my kefir "babies" asap so she can make her own coconut kefir. If you have dairy allergies, just use plain coconut milk in the following recipe. If you'd like to try making your own coconut kefir, drop me a line and maybe I'll send you some "babies" too!

Chocolate Kefir Power Smoothie

Here is my super easy, healthy, delicious and perfect for summertime heat treat. This is so versatile it can be a meal replacement, snack or dessert.

In a blender add:

1/2 cup coconut kefir or plain coconut milk (You can buy dairy based kefir now at most grocery stores. It will be near the yogurt.)

1 Tbsp. cocoa powder. (More and more studies are showing the health benefits of unadulturated cocoa. I found this one online that is made from only 100% cocoa powder so it is safe for Karina. Others are probably fine, but may contain allergens, such as  milk or soy.)

1 Tbsp. honey

2 heaping Tbsp. vanilla rice protein powder that contains 12 grams of protein per Tbsp.

1 frozen banana

Blend until smooth. Add more liquid or ice if necessary or desired.

Enjoy!

*written by Kelly

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Hola Kelly!

I hope your mom is recuperating - and feeling much better now.

Thanks for your [uber] sweet recipe. How did you know I've been craving chocolate? And something cold and creamy?

I am ordering the rice protein powder asap. :)

You are the best, Celiac Chica!

xoxo

Karina

Our regards to your precious mother from us here in Tucson.

Thanks girls! That's sweet.

oh, that looks SO GOOD! if you have a baby to spare, would sure love one. i love kefir (and kombucha and lacto fermented pickles!) but dairy does not love me.

and lots of *healing vibes* for your mom!

this looks great, I'll have to try it out soon. I've been going a little crazy on the green smoothies latley, but I've never actually tried a chocolate smoothie!

Navitas and Natures First Law are two other chocolates you might want to look into (I'm sure you can find them with a Google search). Both are high-quality, unroasted, unadulterated chocolate powders (and both are wicked expensive) Navitas (a little cheaper)is brighter and more bitey, NFL is a little more mellow and rich. Both are great chocolates, depending on what you're looking for.

Enjoy!
Oscar
Director, Freshtopia.net

Hey Oscar,

Love the Freshtopia site! I can't believe you've never tried a chocolate smoothie!!! Well, as a health guru you really need to try one soon. Chocolate is super high in anti-oxidants. We've been contacted by two different chocolate companies in the last year with the health benefits as their main sales pitch. Thanks for the tip on the other chocolates to try. I used a sample of Xocai chocolate powder that contains acai powder too. I know what you mean about pricey, but I guess you have to pay for quality.

Boo,

Send me an email with your mailing address and you'll get a surprise in the mail!

need info on where to obtain lactose-free kefir grains or kefir starter:
ta

Hey Kelly,

I know this is an older story, but I would love to take some of your kefir grains off your hands if you still have some. I have recently started drinking kefir made from raw goat milk that I buy from Amish farmers who deliver to NYC once a month, and I have seen incredible strides in my health since I have started. So I bought a bunch of raw goat milk from them and froze it so I would have a supply at the ready...now all I need is some grains!

Please drop me a line if you are still making kefir babies!

Yours,
Elizabeth
P.S. Just identify myself, I am one of the gals that went to Cafe Baldo on Long Island with you. Hope you are well and, as always, keep up the great work!

Hello!
I was surfing around and found your site. It looks really neat.
I too enjoy kefir. I make mine with goat milk tho, but just LOVE it. A smoothie every morning for breakfast because I enjoy it more then anything else.
Anyway, I just wanted to leave a comment on your site because I too enjoy kefir.
Well I want to get back to reading your site now!

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Hi Kelly,
I'm very interested in making coconut kefir. I've recently started trying to incorparate more greens and superfoods into my diet. So I'm still new to this. Could you send me your coconut kefir recipe and maybe one of your "kefir babies" to start it off (or let know where I can get some)? Thanks for all your great info!

Hi,

I hope I'm not too late to the party, but I am looking to start making my own kefir after incorporating kombucha into my life.

I, too, am in New York, so if you have any kefir grains to spare, I'd be grateful to come pick them up from you.

Thank you!

hi Kelly

I would love to have one of your kefir babies.

I have been really sick with a serious chronic illness,
and I believe that the fermented foods are really good
for me.

Please tell me how to get one of the babies.

thanks,
Anna

Are you using water kefir grains or milk kefir grains to make the coconut kefir? I have some water grains, but due to casein allergy I've been hesitant to try milk kefir grains to ferment the coconut milk.

KerryAnn
www.cookingTF.com

Hi all!
I too live in NYC and have been looking for Kefir grains for a while... I have been on antibiotics for a long time and now trying to rebuild mi intestinal flora. Please let me know if you have any grains (water, milk) to share. I would pick them up from anywhere in the NYC area.
Thank you kindly,
Cicindela

you have the greatest idea's


Thanks

Curtis Maybin

Thanks for this interesting post. I have been looking for something like this for a while...

Thanks for all the great information and recipes. It was recently determined that in addition to being a Celiac, I am allergic to dairy products. Being the Latte lover that I am, I switched to Almond Milk. I have been drinking approximately 1.5 cups per day for the past several weeks. Within a few days, I was suffering from awful bloating, stomach aches, etc. Just wondering what is causing this as everything I read about Almond Milk references how gentle it is. Thanks, Connie

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