Get more fermented goodness in your life with this cucumber and lime kefir smoothie!
I first became aware of water kefir when I started dating Ian. He had several jars of the stuff in his fridge. It took a while for him to convince me to actually try some. I mean yeah, I’d read that fermented foods are good for you, but that didn’t actually translate to me wanting it in my mouth!
Kefir water is made by fermenting water kefir grains with sugar and water. It creates a slightly effervescent drink. It tastes much milder than you’d expect. Ian first gave it to me laced with strawberry juice and it was lovely. There’s a great tutorial on how to ferment water kefir here. Ian does it slightly differently, but this way will give you much more yield!
Cucumber, mint and lime kefir smoothie recipe
This cucumber and lime smoothie is loosely based on a fruit juice they used to sell at the coffee shop I worked at. When I saw the broccoli I balked at the thought, but when I actually tried the juice I was amazed at how well the flavours went together!
Since then, I’ve tried to reshape it at home. I made it a smoothie, because I wanted to preserve the fibre content. I added the kefir water because I wanted to get more fermented goodness into my life. Combined, this smoothie is sweet, cooling and surprisingly bright. The stevia leaves really uplift the smoothie. If you don’t grow stevia, sub more xylitol or sugar to taste.
Ingredients (serves 3-4)
- 500ml kefir water
- 1/2 pear, cut into chunks
- 1/2 apple, cut into chunks
- the juice of half a lime
- 5 or 6 stevia leaves
- 5 or 6 mint leaves (I used spearmint)
- 2 or 3 florets broccoli
- 2in chunk of cucumber
- Add all ingredients to your blender of choice and whizz until smooth.
- Serve in tall glasses with a wedge of lime or some mint leaves on top.
What is your favourite smoothie recipe? Let me know in the comments!