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It took seven days. And then I made a smoothie

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It is always an interesting experience for me when I have to navigate my way around a new home. My innate spatial idiosyncrasies really come out to play as I try to familiarise myself with where to place my foot to avoid the creaks in the floor, my preferred rhythmic tempo for climbing the stairs, the different sounds in the plumbing depending on which tap is being used and the ……………….

And then, to have to fill this new house with all my belongings that once filled a home, somewhere else. This is when my brain begins to shiver because even all my familiar things become unfamiliar in a new space. 

It takes time. 

 

Have you ever anticipated a moment so much that it kinda makes you feel numb when it finally arrives?

 

I tried self motivating, ignoring, reading, arguing, sitting, laughing, cooking, flying a kite, running, waking up early and sleeping in, all in an attempt to de-numb myself.

 

The result,  glorified procrastination.

 

I have never procrastinated more in my entire life than I did in seven days. And the stupid thing was that there was so much to be done. The contents of my life had just exploded across three levels (yes, 39 stairs in total) of a new house after sweltering in a metal container for four months in 35+ degree heat (yuk) and I just really didn’t care.

 

Drowned. Completely lost. Emotionally, physically, and the rest. In a sea of cardboard boxes.

 

Seven days and many kilometres of figurative freestyle later, I surfaced. Fresh, excited and ready to pounce. Most importantly, accompanied by a successful batch of my newest adventure in the kitchen – Kefir Yoghurt, the only thing that kept me, excuse the pun, alive.

 

For those of you that don’t know what Kefiris, its a pro-biotic yoghurt made with Kefir grains and milk. It is one of the most potent pro-biotic foods you can eat, containing up to fifty different strains of good bacteria and yeasts (which is heaps compared to regular natural yoghurt which has only two). I must stress just how important it is to include a strong pro-biotic into your daily diet. It really is one of the most crucial steps to creating a healthy body from the inside out.  Watch this video to find out why!

 

So, I had been meaning to make Keifr yoghurt for quite some time, but it wasn’t until my most recent visit to my naturopath, who actually gave me a Kefir grain to get started with, that I actually did. The process is very simple. It involves placing the Kefir grain into a bowl of milk (preferably un-homogenized and definitely full fat), covering it with a cloth and letting it sit at room temperature for 12-24 hours. The result is a runny, sweetly sour type of yoghurt.

 

The reason why we need such pro-biotics in our daily diet is because the modern diet consists of so many foods and drugs that damage and destroy our healthy gut flora. Things like sugar, alcohol, antibiotics, the pill, refined grains and bread all contribute to killing off of the good bacteria, leaving us with a weakened immune system and a compromised internal ecosystem that takes years to rebuild. Simply put, having an unhealthy  balance of bacteria in the gut can lead to an ugly array of dis-ease in the body ranging from chronic digestive problems and irritations to autoimmune disorders.

 

Now I’m not going to lie, Kefir does have a unique taste that may take some getting used too, but that’s where today’s smoothie recipe comes in. Smoothies used be a big thing in my diet, I loved having a fruity breakfast smoothie, stacked with all sorts of superfoods to get me going for the day. But what I didn’t realise as I sipped on my daily blend up was that I was having way too much fruit/sugar in my diet and when coupled with a (temporary) vegan diet, my happy gut got thrown completely out of whack.  These days I only have one kind of smoothie. It’s low in sugar and super high in all the good stuff!

 

This is it.

 

Berry ‘Biotic Superfood Smoothie

 

1/2 cup blueberries (or raspberries, or both!)

1/4 big or 1/2 small avocado

1/4 banana (optional, but I suggest using it if you prefer a sweet smoothie)

1 cup coconut water

1/4-1/2 cup kefir

1 tbsp chia

1 tsp pysillium husk

1 tsp maca powder

 

You know the drill, throw it all in and blend.

 

 

 

 



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