Now what is kefir you ask?
Kefir is a fermented dairy drink that is similar to yogurt, but distinct in its’ own way.
Kefir looks like drinkable yogurt. It is a probiotic, which means it contains “friendly” bacteria that can help keep your digestive tract healthy. It also provides calcium and protein (like yogurt does), and may have some additional benefits for the immune system.
Kefir’s added bonus? If you’re lactose intolerant, it may actually help you to reduce your symptoms of lactose intolerance or rid your body of the problem almost altogether. If you shy away from dairy because you are lactose intolerant, you may want to give kefir a try!
Try adding a half cup kefir to your breakfast first thing in the morning to boost your nutrition throughout the rest of the day. In grocery stores you can find many flavors of kefir to suit your taste buds, all of which can help restore balance to the microflora of your gut. Just be careful, some of them have a lot of added sugar and additives. Your best bet is to buy plain kefir and add your own sweeteners so you can limit how much you use.
We like drinking kefir either by itself or adding some of our favorite berries and fruits for a nutritious snack. Sometimes we top plain kefir with some honey and walnuts for a healthy dessert.
What do you prefer—kefir or yogurt? Or, if you haven’t tried it yet, will you look for it the next time you shop for yogurts?