Friday, April 23, 2010

Kefir

(photo from yogourmet products page)
Do you drink Kefir?

What's Kefir (you ask)...
Kefir is a cultured, enzyme-rich food filled with friendly micro-organisms that help balance your "inner ecosystem." More nutritious and therapeutic than yogurt, it supplies complete protein, essential minerals, and valuable B vitamins. ~ from Kefir.net

Basically, Kefir is like drinkable yogurt. It is lacto-fermented with Kefir starter, and ends up in texture between milk and yogurt. We began drinking Kefir recently when on an active campaign to rebuild beneficial probiotics in our systems.

We started with already made, plain, unflavored Kefir from Helios. Next, I got some Kefir starter from yogourmet at my local health food store so I could make my own. My first batch did not turn out correctly, and it takes some trial and error, but it is completely worth the work! Making your own is less expensive than purchasing it ready made, plus you get to know exactly how it was made, and with what ingredients.

More information at Kefir.net, Kefir.org, and Kefir.com. Kefir.com has information about Helios Kefir, and also has a blog and "Kefir Community."

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