Probiotic Kombucha Smoothie – Gluten Free & Banana Free
My first experience with Kombucha was as an attempt to wean my love off of soft drinks like Coke. I had read that Kombucha’s natural carbonation was a pretty good substitution. It was a fairly successful experiment, although now this Zevia brand is tops for Joe when it comes to beverages. He hasn’t had the poisonous pop in so long I can’t even remember the last time we had any in the fridge. Triumph!
Anyway, in the process of trying to health-ify Joe, I realised I quite liked the Kombucha. I also liked the great health benefits that came along with it. Kombucha consumption is linked to things like:
- improved digestion
- increased energy levels
- great source of probiotics
- aids in clearing up candida & yeast infections
I’ve also read that it will reduce grey hair! If that one is true, only my hairstylist will know for sure. 😉
This brings me to this uber healthy smoothie. I combined the probiotic power of Greek yogurt and Kombucha with nutritious greens and berries. This tasty drink is a powerhouse of anti-oxidants as well as being a pretty satisfying meal replacement. I like having it after my workout. I liken it to a workout for my insides! 🙂
I love smoothies for the simple fact that they are super quick and easy to throw together. They also are my favourite way of getting in my greens. I chose Swiss chard for this particular blend. You can toss in any greens you have on hand.
Blend and serve. Boooooom!
I’m getting this post up a little late today due to some extenuating circumstances. I’ve been literally glued to my TV during the Olympics! Being a proud Canadian and true patriot, I have spent the last two weeks cheering our wins and crying over devastating losses. Check out my Sochi 2014 Pinterest board to see photos of Team Canada’s journey.
Hands down the best moment of these games for me was the women’s hockey gold medal game. If you missed it let me set the scene:
Canada vs. USA. This has got to be the biggest rivalry in hockey. Our girls were down 2-0 with less than 5 minutes to go in the game. With just over 3 minutes left, the Canadians score. Now we are only down by a single. goal. This was the point were I pretty much stopped breathing. As the final 60 seconds began to tick away, we scored again to tie the game! Into overtime we go. After some tense moments, some penalties, and scoring chances on both sides, the Canadian women put the puck in the net for the win. It’s Gold for Canada in the most dramatic of fashions. I was literally on a high for a good two hours after the game. Our men won gold in hockey also, but for me the women’s effort was so much more gritty and determined. It transcended sport and proved that no matter what, NEVER give up hope. Always keep trying and you will be rewarded.
Maybe reward yourself, and your digestive system, with this Gold medal Kombucha Smoothie! Cheers! 🙂
Probiotic Kombucha Smoothie
- ¾ cup lemon-flavoured kombucha
- ½ cup water
- ¼ cucumber peeled & sliced
- ½ cup Greek yogurt
- 3-4 leaves swiss chard rinsed & torn
- ½ cup frozen blueberries
- 4 ice cubes
- Blend & serve