Smoothies are a constant in our household and our go-to on-the-go breakfast of choice. I find that they are a great way to sneak some extra greens into the whole family’s diet, and to use up fruits and vegetables that have seen better days (think browning bananas and overripe avocados). It gives me peace of mind to know my kids have started off on the right foot (regardless of what they end up eating the rest of the day). My standard smoothie recipe is one part dairy or non-dairy milk, one part fruit (fresh or frozen) and one part dark leafy green vegetable. Almond milk is a staple in our house, but lately I’ve been using kefir, a fermented milk drink, instead. Kefir has long been popular in Russia and is finally having its moment here in the US. Like other fermented foods, kefir is rich in probiotics and beneficial for gut and immune health. Cheers!

Probiotic Smoothie
2 cups plain kefir (we like Wallaby or Lifeway)
1 cup swiss chard, ribs removed
1 banana
1/2 cup frozen mixed berries

Using a Vitamix or a high speed blender, combine all ingredients until well-blended. Makes about 2 adult- and 2 kid-sized servings.