I recently shared a post highlighting a major missing nutrient in our diets, Vitamin K2. So how do I love to get my K2? Pretty much the easiest way is in what I call my Super K2 Smoothie! This smoothie isn’t full of so called ‘superfoods’ like kale, chia or flax seeds, but it is full of K2. Let’s review: K2 is *only* present in pasture raised animal foods (as MK-4) and bacterial from fermented foods (as MK-7).
Is it a coincidence that all the fermented foods start with the letter ‘K’, as in kefir, kombucha, and kraut?
Even though our top K2 superfood by microgram quantity is hands down natto (a fermented food made from soybeans), I promise this smoothie doesn’t contain natto as this is both hard to source and apparently not too tasty for our Western palates. I would be interested to know if any of you have ever tried natto – please comment if you have and what you thought.
The K2 in this smoothie comes from:
A note on kefir: Kefir is most likely a K2 superfood:
Vitamin K2 is a product of bacterial fermentation, so kefir is likely a good source of this nutrient, especially if made with milk from pastured animals. Vitamin K2 plays a key role in calcium metabolism, where it is used to deposit calcium in appropriate locations, such as in the bones and teeth. It also prevents it from depositing in locations where it does not belong, such as the soft tissues and the arteries. Since kefir is high in calcium and phosphorus, and also contains vitamin K2, drinking kefir is likely beneficial to bone health, providing the essential minerals needed for bone growth as well as the vitamin K2 needed to effectively deposit those minerals in the bone.
You can really use any fruit you like best with this smoothie – I just happened to have strawberries and oranges on hand.
- 2 cups raw or low temp pasteurized milk Kefir from pasture raised cows (where to buy real milk) (where to buy kefir starter cultures)
- 2 Tbsp grass-fed ghee
- 2 raw egg yolks from pastured chickens
- 1 whole orange, peeled
- 1 cup frozen or fresh strawberries (or any berry you like)
- Raw honey to taste (with the orange I find this unnecessary but depends on your taste for sweets) (where to buy)
Blend all ingredients together in a high speed blender and enjoy!