Smoothies & Beverages

Kefir Berry Smoothie

Berries have a brain-food reputation for good reasons. These low-glycemic fruits are loaded with phytonutrients linked to improved brain health.

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While berries get the headline, nuts and seeds are the secret all-stars in any brain food smoothie, offering fiber and slow-burning carbs to balance out the sugars of the fruit. Compared to yogurt, kefir contains more CFUs (colony-forming units) of the good bugs that are central to microbiome health, quelling inflammation and improving mental fitness.

TOP NUTRIENTS: Magnesium, Vitamin A, Folate, Potassium, Vitamin C

Kefir Berry Smoothie recipe



  • ¾ cup plain full-fat kefir
  • 1/3 cup white beans
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1½ cups frozen blueberries
  • ½ large banana
  • ½ cup chopped spinach
  • 2 Tbs. raw, unsalted almonds
  • 2 Tbs. raw, unsalted pepitas (pumpkin seeds)


Put kefir, beans, water, blueberries, banana, spinach, almonds, and pepitas into high-powered blender. Blend 30–45 seconds, until all ingredients are incorporated. Pour into glass, and drink immediately.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories 610
  • Carbohydrate Content 77 g
  • Cholesterol Content 25 mg
  • Fat Content 25 g
  • Fiber Content 16 g
  • Protein Content 26 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 7 g
  • Sodium Content 430 mg
  • Sugar Content 34 g