Instant Probiotic Smoothie

probiotic smoothie

Smoothies are a great vehicle for introducing all sorts of probiotic-rich foods into your meals. Most often this comes in the form of a cultured base like yogurt, kefir, or coconut milk kefir, all great, nutrient-dense foods that lend a probiotic punch.

But what if you ate the last of your yogurt, haven’t cultured that gallon of milk yet, or simply aren’t in the mood for a dairy-heavy smoothie and yet still want a probiotic-rich drink?

The answer to that question is also the answer to “what can I do with all of that whey?” often asked when making yogurt or kefir cheese or other strained cultured dairy products.

Whey Ice Cubes

If you’re looking for an easy way to introduce probiotics to your smoothie, consider freezing leftover whey into ice cubes. Those ice cubes can later be blended with fruit, juice, more cultured dairy, or other flavorings, for a delicious, probiotic-rich smoothie.

Smoothie Recipes Using Whey Ice Cubes

Use whey ice cubes in a smoothie with this very simple recipe formula:


  • 4 cups liquid (milk, juice, water, dairy-free milk, or any combination)
  • 10-12 whey ice cubes
  • Fresh fruit
  • Flavorings
  • Sweeteners to taste


Pour liquid into blender. Add ice cubes and pulse a few times or until ice has been broken up a bit. Add fruit and flavorings and blend until completely smooth.

What’s So Great About Whey?

Whey that comes from a cultured dairy product contains all sorts of great stuff, like…

  • Probiotics
  • Organisms that ease digestion
  • Trace minerals

Whey has been used in historical times to preserve food, heal stomach aches, and even nourish the convalescing.

So why not freeze up that extra whey for a probiotic-rich smoothie any time?


Shannon is a mama to four small children, homesteader, freelance writer, and picture-taker. She lives with her husband on their off-grid homestead where they make and eat kefir, kombucha, sourdough, and fermented vegetables.

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  1. Mary Pritchard says

    I take it that freezing probiotics don’t deaden the bacteria? This is a great concept if they still have their potency!

  2. Mary Pritchard says

    I take it that freezing probiotics doesn’t deaden the bacteria? This is a great concept if they still have their potency!

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