Ginger Strawberry Kombucha Smoothie

Ginger Strawberry Kombucha SmoothieKombucha has become my fermented beverage of choice lately. I make my own because it’s easy and affordable.

A few weeks ago my brother had me try GT’s Kombucha Gingerade – oh my was it tasty! The ginger flavor was over the top delicious. My regular old kombucha didn’t seem so special after all ;)

In order to capture that ginger goodness I double fermented my next kombucha brew with fresh ginger. It wasn’t quite as gingery as GT’s, but very good nevertheless.

This smoothie recipe is the result of my recent infatuation with ginger and kombucha, two things that combine to offer a bevy of health benefits.

Here’s a quick health benefits hit list for kombucha:

  • Increased metabolism and energy
  • Improved digestion
  • Headache and migraine relief
  • Alkalizing effect on the body
  • Helps rebuild connective tissues
  • Detoxification of the liver
  • Helps clear up candida & yeast infections
  • Anti-cancerous
  • Reduced blood pressure
  • Reduced gray hair

What ginger has to offer:

  • Anti-Inflammatory action (studies have shown relief from arthritis)
  • Offers protection against many cancers
  • Digestive aid – effective at relieving nausea and vomiting
  • Antioxidant properties
  • Immune booster
  • Supports cardiovascular health

The base recipe isn’t as thick as most of my smoothies. To thicken, add ice, banana, or additional frozen fruit. Enjoy!

Ginger Strawberry Kombucha Smoothie Recipe

The Ingredients

  • 1 cup kombucha (homemade or store bought – I like GT’s Kombucha)
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds or chia seed gel
  • 1/4 inch ginger, peeled and minced or 1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger

The Add-ons

  • A little honey, maple syrup, or stevia to sweeten
  • 4-6 ice cubes
  • 1 fresh or frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • Any other healthy ingredients or superfoods you have on hand

Show Time

Place all the ingredients into your high-speed blender and blend for around 30-45 seconds or until nice and smooth. Note, if you don’t have a very powerful blender you might want to blend everything except the coconut oil first, then drizzle it on and blend for another 5-10 seconds to avoid clumping.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories: 351
  • Fat: 23g
  • Protein: 6g
  • Carbohydrates: 34g
  • Fiber: 14g
  • Sugar: 9g
  • Vitamin C: 103% RDA
  • Folate: 35% RDA
  • Calcium: 21% RDA
  • Iron: 20% RDA

I’d love to know if you try this ginger strawberry kombucha smoothie – please leave a comment below. Happy Blending!

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8 Responses to Ginger Strawberry Kombucha Smoothie

  1. Mary #

    OK, now I’m even more antsy for my jar of kombucha to hurry up and do its thing! I’ve been drinking GT’s Gingerade too but it’s blowing my budget to smithereens so I just started brewing. Got a nice scoby from someone on Facebook. First batch was a complete fail because I overbrewed the tea, tried to salvage it in second fermentation and no go, it was just too tannic. Ah well, it’s a learning process.

    I think I remember you try not to go overboard on juices but have you tried the fermented orange juice – some people call it “fermented Orangina”? I make it _without_ the salt some recipes call for (I like this recipe: http://ohlardy.com/lacto-fermented-orange-juice-orangina) and rather than the standard whey inoculant I use the contents of a good probiotic capsule (I use Megaflora, but any good lively refrigerated probiotic will do). Your ginger-orange smoothie is amazing with it, although it needed a bit of extra sweetening because the OJ gets pretty darn puckery.

    • Ryan Carmody #

      My first batch of kombucha was a failure too. Actually, it took about 4 brews for my scoby to feel at home. My last batch I double fermented with about 10 blueberries – delicious!

      I’ve never heard of fermented orange juice. Thanks for the recipe link. I’ll give it a try.

      Cheers,
      Ryan

  2. Jess James #

    I made this but substituted blueberries for strawberries also , mainly becasue I am a big fan of blueberries and happened to have some in the house at the time, it was really nice. I used GT’s product too but I think i will have to start making my own to save a few dollars, still its nice for a treat ever now and then.

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hi Jess,

      You can’t go wrong with blueberries. They’re my smoothie berry of choice. My last two batches of kombucha I doubled fermented with blueberries…divine :)

      Cheers,
      Ryan

  3. Ron #

    Came across GT Gingeraid at the super market and while quite expensive for more than ocassionaly I prefer the easy way. Also, should use in 3 days after opening. I have also found a ginger juice from Ginger People. Another fast time saver as I just put about 1/2 teaspoon in most smoothies. Flavor is good and hope it as effective as spice. Only ingredients listed are ginger and citric acid.

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Using ginger juice in your smoothie is a great idea, Ron!

  4. Hi Ryan: is the fat & sugar nutritional content correct, seems a little high. Which GT kombucha did you use?

    • Ryan Carmody #

      I used GT Gingerade, Leslie. I prefer high fat smoothies and 9g of sugar is high for some people, but mostly from a natural source – strawberries.

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