Blueberry Kefir Smoothie Bowl

I have to admit, I did not understand the smoothie bowl trend for a while. But I did understand and appreciate that they take beautiful food porn photos, and that’s something I like. So… duh. In I jumped to the trendy food pool – both feet at once. And it’s great! Smoothie + all kinds of wonderful textures and flavors and nutrients – it’s delightful in every way. Also, I wasn’t so sure about kefir¬†either, but that was easier to sort out since all I had to do was figure out what it was (it’s a fermented milk product similar in usage and texture to yogurt, but¬†containing about 30 strains of bacteria and yeasts, making it a very rich and diverse probiotic source!). So in advance I apologize for what will easily turn into a recipe/Insta-pic obsession. This is only the first in what I am certain will be a long rolodex of smoothie bowl recipes! Here you go.

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for the smoothie
* 1/2C kefir (look for kefir in the dairy aisle; look for unflavored with no sugar added)
* 1/2C frozen blueberries
* 3T plain oats
* 1T almond flour or almond meal
* 1T honey or agave syrup
for the toppings
* slivered almonds
* chia seeds
* chopped dates
* dried cranberries
* cashew bits
(*or any toppings you prefer*)

Add all the smoothie ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth and well combined. Taste for balance of flavor – kefir is pretty tart and sour, so if the balance is off add a bit more honey or agave.

Pour the smoothie into a wide bowl, then top with your preferred toppings.

Et voila! A stunning and delicious bowl of antioxidant- and probiotic-packed awesomeness! Don’t forget to take some pics before you dive in!