Strawberry Kefir Smoothie

February 14, 2017

This bright and creamy Strawberry Kefir Smoothie is filled with good-for-your-gut probiotics and is a quick and easy breakfast or snack that will satisfy your tastebuds.

Strawberry Kefir Smoothie in tall glass with straw

I’m not going to lie – I’ve never been the biggest smoothie fan. They’re easy to make and depending on what’s in them, they are refreshing and yummy, but I’m more of an “eat your fruits and veggies” type of girl. I like to chew my food – it’s just more satisfying for me and keeps me satiated for longer. Plus, the thought of taking out the blender and doing more dishes isn’t so appealing, especially in the morning when I’m trying to get my girls fed, teeth brushed, coats and shoes on, and out the door for school.

All that said, smoothies are popular for good reason. They are quick to whip up, they’re an easy way to get in a serving or two of fruits and vegetables (which many of us are not getting enough of), kids tend to love them (my girls certainly do), and they can be made ahead, which is perfect for those rushed mornings I just described.

And you can’t tell me this Strawberry Kefir Smoothie isn’t pretty! Just look at that lovely pastel pink color – especially perfect for Valentine’s Day today! It’s also lots of fun to jazz up your smoothie with colorful straws and yummy toppings.

Strawberry Kefir Smoothie overhead shot

Kefir in Smoothies

Most smoothies are made with some combination of milk and yogurt, but lately my girls have been enjoying kefir for breakfast, so I decided to use the probiotic-rich beverage as the base for this Strawberry Kefir Smoothie. As recently explained, a diet rich in prebiotics and probiotics can help maintain a healthy gut, which is important for overall health.

Kefir is a drinkable liquid yogurt that’s been cultured longer than yogurt, and with as many as 12 strains of good bacteria it’s a good source of probiotics. It’s also a good source of protein and calcium and is well tolerated by people who suffer from lactose intolerance.

Taste-wise, plain kefir (like plain yogurt) is pretty tart, which is why many people who drink it prefer a flavored variety. Like flavored yogurts, flavored kefir is higher in added sugars, but I personally believe the benefits of kefir and yogurt are so great that it’s ok to have those added sugars if it’s the only way you’ll drink it. Just be sure to account for them in your overall diet.

Of course if you’d prefer to stick with plain kefir but need to sweeten it up a bit, you can puree it with your own fruit and/or sweeteners the way I do here.

Make it Your Own

This Strawberry Kefir Smoothie blends together plain kefir for protein, probiotics, and calcium, strawberries and honey for sweetness, and lemon juice for a bright finish. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I topped the smoothie with cacao nibs, because who doesn’t love chocolate or the health benefits you get from it?! If you want a more chocolaty smoothie to celebrate the day, try this Dark Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie!

One of the fun things about this recipe is that you can easily modify it based on your taste preferences or what’s in your fridge and freezer. You can also make it a more filling breakfast by turning it into a smoothie bowl and topping it with some more sliced strawberries, chopped nuts, and/or your favorite whole grain cereal.

If you need a quick way to show your love to someone this Valentine’s Day, whip up this smoothie and serve it with a kiss and hug. You’ll make someone special very happy!

strawberry kefir smoothie with cocoa nibs

strawberry kefir smoothie in tall glass with straw

Strawberry Kefir Smoothie

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This bright and creamy Strawberry Kefir Smoothie is filled with good-for-your-gut probiotics and is a quick and easy breakfast or snack that will satisfy your tastebuds.

Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Kosher, Nut-Free


  • 1/2 cup low-fat plain kefir
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries (about 3 ounces)*
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Cacoa nibs (optional)


  1. Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into a glass, top with cacoa nibs if desired, and enjoy!


*If using fresh strawberries, add ice to the blender.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 112Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 242mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 2gSugar: 16gProtein: 6g

Nutrition information was calculated by Nutritionix. It may not be 100% accurate.

Are you a smoothie drinker?

What’s your favorite combo of ingredients?

Share with me in the comments below!

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This recipe originally appeared in the February 2017 issue of Todayโ€™s Dietitian Magazine. I was compensated for writing the original article, โ€œProbiotic-Rich Kefir,โ€ and developing the recipe, but I was not compensated for sharing the column or magazine with readers on my blog. All opinions are my own.

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    1. I was too!! I’m actually so impressed by my girls that they will eat it plain! I’m so glad you’re into it now – perfect timing to make this smoothie!

    1. That’s awesome Kara! I agree – it adds so much and all in one package. Can’t wait for you to try this recipe!

  1. I think this looks delicious–and it’s a perfectly colored pink, too. Perfect for days when we need a little spring!

    1. Thanks Chrissy – let me know how he likes it! My girls also love smoothies and we go through jags like that too!

  2. Such a gorgeous shade of pale pink! We do a lot of smoothies here b/c my kids love them and so do I. I keep my blender out on the countertop at all times, and try and rinse it out right away, so clean-up isn’t an issue, but I hear ya’ about not wanting to do more dishes! My favorite smoothie as of late is frozen berries, unsweetened cocoa powder, soy milk + Greek Yogurt or Kefir. Yum!!

    1. Thanks EA! That’s smart to keep it on the counter, I just hate clutter on my counters! But now that I’m making the smoothies in advance it’s actually not so daunting to have to wash all the dishes and we enjoy them for breakfast. I have to add some cocoa powder to this one!

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  6. Freeze the fresh strawberry and use as ice cubes w the kefir.add sugar as needed for taste and a bit of vanilla..

  7. Yeah, this is a hard no for me. It was borderline disgusting. Maybe I’ll try less Kefir next time or less lemon juice. This was not even a little bit good.

  8. I just followed your recipe this morning and it was perfect! So delicious and just the right amount of sweetness. I used fresh strawberries and didnโ€™t add ice because I had enough time to stick it in the fridge after mixing in my NutriBullet and let it chill for a couple of hours. Thank you so much!!!

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