It’s one of the food trends of 2018 that I definitely got on board with and with me it will be here to stay for 2019! I just love Kefir!
It’s fresh, and a little sour, which reminds me of yoghurt but I find it is even more versatile.
What Is Milk Kefir?
It’s a yogurt-like cultured dairy product made from milk and the “mother culture”: kefir grains.
These grains are beneficial bacteria and yeasts that form a rubbery, somewhat translucent whitish/yellowish, cauliflower-shaped clump. They can range in size from a grain of wheat to a hazelnut.
Ideally, kefir should be a thickened milk with the consistency of thin, drinkable yogurt. The beneficial organisms from the grains have spread throughout, giving a wonderful probiotic boost to the drinker! It actually has more probiotics than yoghurt!
- is a natural antibiotic
- does not feed yeast, such as candida
- can be tolerated by those who are lactose intolerant because the beneficial organisms eat most of milk’s lactose
- provides the enzyme lactase to digest any remaining lactose
- coats the lining of the digestive tract, creating a nest for beneficial bacteria to colonize
My go to Kefir of choice is a one by thecollectivedairy they do a range of flavoured drinking Kefirs as well as Kefir yoghurt.
I thought I would run through a few of my favourite ways to use Kefir as well as some simple recipes you can follow:
One of my favourite Protein smoothies right now is a blend of the following:
- 35g frozen Avocado
- 65g frozen Cauli
- 35g frozen spinach
- Half frozen banana
- 2 egg whites
- 250ml Kefir
- Tsp Cacao Powder
- Tsp Maca Powder
- Scoop of Protein
2. With a bowl of cereal or granola and fruit
3. As an alternative to cream on top of desserts
For example on top of this apple crumble
4. ‘Nice’ Ice cream
- Frozen banana
- Tbsp Almond Butter
- 200ml Kefir
- Scoop of flavoured protein powder (optional)
5. Ice lolly popsicles
6. Overnight Oats
Mix the following:
- 50g Oats
- 2 Tbsp Chia Seeds
- Scoop of vanilla protein powder (optional)
- 100ml Kefir
Mix together and store in the fridge overnight and then top with fruit.
7. On top or in pancakes
8. Drizzle into soups especially yummy swirled into a pumpkin and sweet potato soup
9. Incorporate into dips and dressings
So there it is, 9 great ways to use Kefir. I hope I’ve inspired you to try it or use it in ways you maybe hadn’t thought of. Let me know your favourite ways to use Kefir below.