2014 has become the year that everyone is pitching in together and families are making it their goal to eat healthier and live a better quality of life. We exercise more by increasing the amount of activity we perform each day. We take the stairs instead of the elevator. We try to bring balance into our personal and family life and we try giving our bodies enough rest to start it all over again the next day. We all aim for one thing and that’s to prolong our lives, feel healthier and happier. What we put into our bellies makes a significant difference. What you may think is healthy, may in fact be causing more damage than you think. There are also those products that you may think are strange are the healthiest for you.
Kefir which is pronounced kee-fer is the product that is made by fermenting milk, also known to some people as cultured dairy product. Kefir is the process of fermenting the milk with lactic acid bacteria for the benefit of increasing the shelf life and improving your overall digestion. This is just to name a few of its benefits. Let’s read on and see other nutritional value Kefir has to offer.
It’s loaded with good bacteria which are good for us and helps us with our digestion process, generating good health.
It’s been reported to be a fantastic product for those who are lactose intolerant.
Kefir can be stored in your refrigerator for a long time being expiring.
It can be added to any cuisine to substitute cream or sour cream.
It’s been recommended by physicians to consume a half a cup of Kefir before bed each night due to its high consistency of calcium which is good for our bones and teeth.
According to Russiapedia, we’ve discovered some interesting facts about Kefir we didn’t know and would love to share with you:
Kefir was one of the basic ingredients of the Soviet diet. Often offered at sanatoriums and canteens, the fermented dairy drink was mandatory to insure workers’ good health and mood.
This product has been used around the world since 10,000 BC and originates from the Caucasus Mountains in Eastern Europe.
Italian trader and explorer, Marco Polo, mentioned Kefir in his travel chronicles.
The mysterious Kefir grains came to Russia and in 1909 Kefir’s era in the country began. By the 1930s Kefir was being produced on a large commercial scale in the Soviet Union.
Did you know that families all over the world are already using the cultured or fermented dairy products at home and don’t even know it? Products such as yogurt, sour cream and buttermilk are some of the products that are most commonly used by many. We’d like to introduce you to another little miracle that even my son asks for and he’s a picky eater since birth. It’s also packed with 12 pro-biotic cultures, more than any other product on the market.
This yogurt like drink has been enjoyed by my family for generations and we still love it and drink it daily. In fact, I have a bottle of Raspberry Kefir in my fridge right now which I’ll turn into a smoothie, a great after school snack for my son.
Here’s a quick recipe your kids will love:
If you’re making your own Kefir, it will obviously be plain with a hint of sweetness which is never enough for kids. By adding your child’s favorite flavors, it will be a treat instead of a nutritious smoothie packed with the best ingredients nature has to offer.
Kefir (plain or flavored)
Fruit (your preference)
Dash of Vanilla
1 tsp. Honey
If you have a Braun handheld blender, that’s great! Your job will be a lot easier and quicker. If not, blend your favorite fruit by hand. Make it really mushy so it can be sucked up through a straw. Put to the side.
Get a tall plastic cup, preferably a 20 oz. so you can make 2 servings at the same time.
Pour your favorite Kefir in the cup. If you’re choosing plain, the combination of your own fruits will work. If you’re selecting a Kefir that’s already flavored, then try to stick to those fruits when blending.
Pour the blended fruit inside the cup with the Kefir and give it a nice blend for about 30 seconds.
Pour into two glasses and add a bit of coconut and a straw and you’ve got yourself a smoothie your kids will love.
Top the glass with a strawberry or the fruit you blended and they will be thrilled, chill and enjoy!
Try to incorporate this delicious, nutritious, high in calcium and protein drink in your daily life, you’ll thank us for it later.
By: Ida Lombardi