Super Sneaky Sauerkraut Smoothie

Ooh, I love alliteration! I am a sauerkraut supporter, but my husband is sauerkraut skeptic – they say opposites attract, so….

I absolutely love the stuff and think it adds a zingy je ne sais quoi to just about anything. It’s not only the flavor I love but the beneficial bacteria that are cultivated during the fermenting process which keeps my digestive system ticking over and happy. Oooh, the juice is delicious too, I love getting to the end of a jar of sauerkraut and drinking up the juice!

The other day I made a smoothie for my husband and had him guess the ingredients – he got most of them – watermelon, strawberries, flax… but he just couldn’t guess the final ‘secret’ ingredient. It was {drumroll} SAUERKRAUT!! He was floored, and I was delighted!

I like this combination and have been playing with it for a couple of weeks – the colors are vibrant, and think the watermelon and beet are good companions because one is earthy and dense and the other is more fresh and light. Sauerkraut and beet are friends too because the acidic kick of the sauerkraut plays nicely with the velvety aspects of the beets.

Are you a sauerkraut skeptic? Try this and then see how you feel!

Oooooopsie!

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Super Sneaky Sauerkraut Smoothie Yum
This is a bright and beautiful kid-approved smoothie. It incorporates sauerkraut which is not a traditional smoothie ingredient but serves to boost your friendly gut bacteria and makes a terrific start to any day. This makes an ginormous portion, great if you are hosting a brunch or if you are batching for a couple of days. Otherwise, easy enough to cut in half.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
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1.5 cup servings
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Prep Time 15 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Place the watermelon in your high speed blender. If you have done the full amount here, you might need to press down on the watermelon to make space for everything else
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients, strawberries last if frozen
  3. Blend everything together until it's smooth. No need to add water, the watermelon is soft enough to blend easily.
  4. It may appear runnier than other smoothies. I like to leave it overnight to allow the flax and hemp to thicken up a little. And so that it's perfectly cold when I go to drink it.
  5. Yum!
Recipe Notes

Homemade sauerkraut is best, but if you don't have any, make sure that you buy one without added vinegar. This kind uses vinegar to simulate the natural acidity achieved in the fermenting process and you will not benefit from the same probiotics.

This is a great time to use frozen strawberries. Cherries are also great friends with beets.

You can use raw beets here, but make sure you blend long enough for a good smooth result. I have been using the Love Beets beets which are cooked and have some juice with them - they are sweet and delicious, and blend very easily.

For an extra probiotic kick, add in some unsweetened almond yoghurt.

You could freeze this in popsicle molds too!

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