Think of Kefir as a drinkable fizzy yogurt with a tangy, slightly acidic flavor. You can drink this on its own and it will taste like a sour yogurt. If that doesn't appease your taste buds then try making this delicious smoothie with kefir, banana and honey.
Avoid storing Kefir smoothie and drink it immediately.
Best time to have Kefir is between 3 and 6pm.
If you have never had Kefir then start slow for the first two to three days have 1/4 cup daily. After that you can have a single serving, a glass on its own or make a smoothie with banana or any fruit of your choice and honey.
Health Benefits of Kefir
- Increases healthy micro flora in the gut
- Kefir literally means “feel good” in Turkish because it cures depression.
- Supports healthy digestive system.
- Kefir is a complete protein.
- Contains an abundance of calcium and magnesium which are supportive to a healthy nervous system.
- Rich in enzymes that help us digest our food.
- Kefir is also rich in vitamin B-12, vitamin K and biotin.
- Kefir contains lactic acid, which is good for healthy skin.
- Although kefir is made from milk the process of turning it into kefir almost completely eliminates the lactose. Often those who have trouble with lactose can handle kefir
- Kefir provides 25% of the daily amount of Vitamin D you need.
So What exactly is Milk Kefir?
Milk kefir is the drink, but Milk kefir grains are the “starter kit” that you use to produce the drink. Kefir originated from parts of Eastern Europe and Southwest Asia. The name is derived from the Turkish word keyif, which means “feeling good” after eating. It can be made with Cows or goats Milk.
The Kefir grains are natural symbiotic cultures containing a huge number of natural bacteria that turn the lactose in the milk into lactic acid, so kefir tastes sour like yogurt it has a thinner consistency so it is more smoothie like.
Kefir also contains a wide variety of bioactive compounds, including organic acids and peptides that contribute to its benefits.
Dairy-free versions of kefir can be made with coconut milk and some other nut milks however, these will not have the same nutrient profile as dairy-based kefir.
Kefir is incredibly easy to make at home and can be flavored just like yogurt but it is also incredibly versatile so it can be used in baking, for salad dressings, sour dough, cottage cheese and much much more. Kefir is a good source of Protein, Calcium, Phosphorus, Vitamin B12, Riboflavin (B2), Magnesium and Vitamin D.
Exp: 2 months in the fridge.
Recommended Dosage: 200ml daily.
Calories: 1 serving (250ml) contains 145cals, 7.5g Fat and 8.3g Protein.
Suggestion: Drink Kefir between 3pm and 6pm.