The Blues Beater was one of our favourite creations of 2017 so we are really excited about it appearing back on our specials board this month at only £4.75 for a regular cup.
Made with Kefir Milk, Blueberries, Spinach, Banana and Dates, it's packed full of flavour, nutrients and vitamins. The Blues Beater makes an ideal way to kick start a winter morning, so come and grab one on your way to work.
The Sunshine Vitamin
But what makes it so good and why, particularly should we be drinking a Blues Beater at this time of year?
Well, this mainly comes down to the Vitamin D. Vitamin D is one of the few vitamins that our body is capable of making, but do this it needs sunshine. And let's be honest, despite living in the sunniest part of the British Isles, we fail to get much of it at this time of year. Vitamin D is important for the regulation of calcium and phosphorus absorption which in turn helps maintain healthy teeth and bones. It is estimated that around one billion people worldwide suffer from vitamin D deficiency and that deficiency is even more prevalent in the UK where during the winter months we do not get strong enough levels of sunlight to ensure we are receiving enough Vitamin D. The NHS released new guidelines on Vitamin D levels in 2016, suggesting that during winter everyone really should be taking a supplement.
We would always advocate a proper balanced diet rather than taking supplements in tablet form, which is why our Blues Beater is so important in January and February.
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Kefir Nutrition Facts
Kefir is a fermented milk product (it can be cow, goat or sheep milk) that tastes like a drinkable yogurt. We use cow milk kefir which we obtain locally through the Polish Shop.
Kefir contains high levels of vitamin A, B12, D and calcium, magnesium, vitamin K2, biotin, folate and enzymes. Because kefir does not have a standardized nutrition content, the content values can vary based on the cows, cultures and region where it’s produced. Typically, one cup of whole milk kefir has about:
- 160 calories
- 12 grams carbohydrates
- 10 grams protein
- 8 grams fat
- 300 milligrams calcium (30 percent DV)
- 100 IU vitamin D (25 percent DV)
- 500 IU vitamin A (10 percent DV)
In addition, kefir contains plenty of probiotics, which is where many of the kefir benefits come from. Kefir is one of the highest probiotic foods you can eat with several important probiotic strains.
Health benefits of Kefir
In Russia and Eastern Europe, Kefir is consumed daily by adults. Being particularly rich in probiotic bacteria (it contains more healthy bacteria than yogurt), it’s thought to improve digestion and strengthen the immune system – although the impact on immunity is thought to be minimal in people who are already in good health.
Kefir has also been found to reduce symptoms in people with lactose intolerance.
Some people believe it has the power to protect against cancer, although far more studies involving humans are needed to confirm this.
Blueberries are very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. They are also a good source of Dietary Fibre, and a very good source of Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Manganese.
Spinach is an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids), manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, copper, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin E, calcium, potassium and vitamin C. It is a very good source of dietary fiber, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc, protein and choline.
Bananas are a very good source of vitamin B6 and a good source of manganese, vitamin C, potassium, dietary fibre, potassium, biotin, and copper.
Dates are a good source of energy, sugar, and fibre. Essential minerals such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, magnesium and zinc can be found in them. They also contain vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin A and vitamin K