Sweet, juicy pears, tart, probiotic-rich kefir, and the warm, earthy hints of cinnamon and cardamom come together to bring you a smoothie that tastes like Autumn.
Kefir, a fermented milk beverage, makes up the protein component of this green goddess drink, and its slightly sour flavour profile is a result of the fermentation process occurring with the “grains” that culture the milk.
They’re are not actually grains, but small globules of yeast and bacteria that sit suspended in the thickened milk, and they’re rich with nutrients that feed the microbes – think of it like a tangier, dairy-based bubble tea.
Kefir is loaded with, among others, vitamins B12 and thiamine, and the mineral manganese, which aids in energy metabolism and is necessary for the production of key antioxidant enzymes. The coolest part, though, is that the proteins in kefir are already partially digested, making them much more accessible by the human body.
If the earlier sentence about “yeast and bacteria” has you feeling a bit squeamish, you can rest comfortably knowing that the word “kefir” originates from the Turkish word “keif,” which is said to translate to “good feeling” – the one you get after drinking it.
So if feeling good is part of your wellness plan, we suggest you drink up.
Autumn-Lovers’ Pear Cardamom Smoothie
- 2 generous handfuls of spinach, about 4 loose cups
- 1 large, ripe pear (or 1.5 small pears), cut into large chunks
- 3/4 cup kefir
- 1/2 cup milk of your choice
- 1 Tbsp chia seeds
- 2 Tbsp pecans
- 3/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp cardamom
- Pinch of sea salt
- 3-4 ice cubes
- 1-2 dates or a few drops of vanilla stevia, to taste (optional)
- Granola, toasted oats, chopped pecans, and/or cinnamon, for garnish, (optional)
Combine all of the ingredients, including only 1 date OR a couple of drops of stevia, in a blender. Blend until smooth.
Taste, and if more sweetness is desired, add another date or more stevia. Depending on how ripe the pear is, your smoothie may already be sweet enough. It’s easy to go overboard with the sweetener, so taste as you go and adjust accordingly.