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Our family enjoys a lot of smoothies in the summer months. They are usually some combination of fermented dairy (like yogurt or kefir), frozen fruit, and coconut oil all blended together into a thick, naturally sweet, and nutritious glass of tastiness.
While this combination of ingredients is generally great for everyone, there are times when cutting out sugar in all forms is helpful, and that even means fruit. We are working on a candida issue in our family that has been a problem for someone for many years, and so fruit is temporarily out for one of the Smiths. I didn’t like this sweet someone being left out from the morning treat of smoothies, so I made up this sugar-free, candida-safe recipe that has really been a hit!
You may be wondering what in the world candida is, and some posts in the near future will really explain it all more clearly than I can here. Suffice it to say that candida is a very common yeast overgrowth in the gut that can lead to a whole host of unpleasant symptoms and conditions, like recurring athlete’s foot, nail fungus, yeast infections, dandruff, and more. The Standard American Diet, along with many modern medical practices like routine antibiotics, can really fuel candida overgrowth.
My blogging friend Paula just put together a very helpful ebook about candida and a candida-healing diet that is also filled with recipes, including a couple from Smithspirations! Her book, Healing Candida with Food is really helping me get a better grip on how to work with and beat this condition. This recipe for a Milk Kefir Milkshake would fit in the first stage of a candida diet.
This recipe is so simple, but very tasty and beneficial to the body. The star is milk kefir, a fermented dairy beverage that is teeming with beneficial bacterias, yeasts, and other probiotic microbes. Vanilla extract, cinnamon, and coconut cream concentrate add flavor; stevia adds sweetness; and ice and coconut oil give it a thick texture. The coconut ingredients also lend their own health benefits. It’s been a hit here!
Milk Kefir “Milkshake”
- 1 1/2 cups dairy kefir (whole milk plain yogurt could be substituted)
- 4 ice cubes
- 1/2 t. vanilla extract
- 1/2 t. ground cinnamon
- 1/8 t. stevia powder
- 1-2 T. coconut oil and coconut cream concentrate, each (I like to buy both of these items from Tropical Traditions, but you can also find coconut oil and coconut butter on Amazon)
- Place kefir, ice cubes, vanilla, cinnamon, and stevia into a food processor or blender. Process so that the ice is fully crushed and incorporated into the mix with no large chunks left.
- While the kefir mixture is blending, gently melt the coconut cream concentrate and coconut oil together in a small saucepan over low heat.
- With the blender or food processor running, slowly pour the coconut cream and coconut oil mixture into the kefir mixture.
- Pour the “milkshake” into a glass, serve, and enjoy!
And if this recipe sounds yummy to you, don’t forget to enter the super giveaway going on now for a quart of Gold Label Coconut Oil from Tropical Traditions so you can make it with some high-quality oil!
What do you think? Would your family like something like this?