Kefir is a cultured, fermented milk drink, originally from the mountainous region that divides Asia and Europe. It is similar to yogurt – but a drink, with a tart, sour taste.
Just as milk is a good source of protein and calcium - kefir is no different. However it has the added benefits of probiotics. As well as promoting overall gut health in everyone, probiotics are known as ‘friendly bacteria’ that can also ease IBS symptoms, such as bloating and digestive distress, in some people.
The fermentation process also helps to break down the lactose in milk, so there is some evidence to suggest that kefir may be tolerated by those who have a sensitivity to lactose.
Kefir contains about 30 different microorganisms, making it a much more potent source of probiotics than other fermented dairy products (even yogurt!).
Try this delicious fruit smoothie as an afternoon snack:
10 pitted, whole dates
about 4 cups frozen fruit
4 tablespoons coconut oil
3 to 4 cups kefir
1 tablespoon vanilla extract (optional)
In bottom of high-powered blender, place pitted dates, frozen fruit, and coconut oil. Add kefir and vanilla. Blend until smooth, then pour and serve.
**added bonus: Kefir is easily available at your local grocery store - but it is also simple to make at home!