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This Strawberry Kefir Shake is super thick – almost a soft serve consistency! Using frozen berries or fruit as part of the ice gives it a great texture without being bland and icy. Use this recipe as the perfect kefir shake base for all kinds of flavor creations! In the recipe notes you’ll find out how to make this shake a THM S (low carb), THM E (low fat), or THM Fuel Pull (low carb and low fat).
- This strawberry kefir shake is tart from the kefir with lots of fresh strawberry flavor!
- It’s super refreshing – bring on your worst, Summer!
- This shake is great on its own as a light meal or snack, but it would also be an excellent way to round out a THM E meal and fill you up! Protein, bulk from all the liquid/ice, and glucomannan (if you choose to add it) will all help with this.
Kefir and how it affects nutrition and THM fuel types
The type of kefir you use will determine the fuel type of the shake base.
- Double fermented low fat kefir = THM Fuel Pull
- Double fermented full fat kefir = THM S
- Regular single fermented low fat kefir (like most store bought kefir) that has not been double fermented will give you a THM E.
CLICK HERE to find out more about double fermenting kefir. Double fermentation basically just reduces the carbs in the kefir.
The nutrition and allergy info in the recipe are for the basic recipe without add-ins, but since it’s so hard to quantify how much fermentation affects the carb count of the kefir (especially if you double ferment your kefir), I’ve just used the nutrition info from low fat store bought single fermented kefir (the THM E option) in my calculations. The actual carb counts are likely much lower, especially if you double ferment your kefir. Serene uses 2 cups of double fermented kefir in the Yuck Yum Bitty recipe in Trim Healthy Table, so my basic kefir shake recipe falls well within THM S/FP guidelines.
Here are two articles on the subject that you may want to check out:
The pictures in this post are of the basic Fuel Pull strawberry recipe without add-ins.
This is a great basic kefir shake recipe that can be modified to make so many flavors!
- Raspberries would be a great Fuel Pull option to replace the strawberries.
- Fruits like mango, peaches, or cherries are great for a THM E shake!
- Combinations like strawberry pineapple, strawberry banana, and strawberry mango would also be great THM E options.
NOTE: You may need to adjust the sweetener up or down depending on the sweetness of the fruit or berries you’re using.
Keep it frozen!
I’ve tried using fresh strawberries in this shake instead of frozen, but the texture isn’t right. Do yourself a favor and use frozen berries or fruit! That’s the secret to giving this shake such a great thick texture without being bland and icy!
It’s like having soft serve ice cream for lunch, and y’all know I’m all about that.
Invest in a good blender
A good blender really makes all the difference in a good shake. I love my Vitamix blender! It comes with a tamper that really comes in handy when making this strawberry kefir shake, since the shake is so thick.
Mango kefir shake for two
I made a double batch of this shake using frozen mango chunks instead of strawberries for my husband and me to share for lunch one day. It was absolutely delicious! I didn’t add any glucomannan, and I used 1/4 teaspoon of THM Pure Stevia Extract Powder and no Sweet Blend for sweetening since mango is sweeter than strawberries are.
Making a larger batch works just fine and is perfect for sharing! You can use basically any fruit or berries as long as they’re frozen. (The fuel type may change depending on what you use.) Leaving the glucomannan out works fine in this shake since it’s so thick and creamy already.
This version was a THM E because I used fruit instead of berries, even though I used double fermented low fat kefir (the Fuel Pull kefir option).
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