Kefir seems to be a trending topic right now. What is it, and what do you use it for? Read on for interesting facts about kefir and inspiration on how to use it
Kefir (kuh-feer) is a cultured beverage made from fermented milk, usually cow's milk. However, you can also use goat's milk, sheep's milk, or nut milk to make kefir. Another variation is kefir water. Kefir water is made from water or coconut water and kefir grains.
The hype around kefir has to do with the probiotics and yeasts it contains. Probiotics help to populate your gastrointestinal tract (GIT) with beneficial bacteria. We chatted about the benefits of probiotics briefly in the post about gut-healthy foods.
There are many kefir beverages and products available in health stores and supermarkets. However, armed with some good quality kefir grains, you can make your own kefir yogurt at home! Kefir granules are grain-like colonies of lactic acid bacteria and yeasts. They look similar to cauliflower florets. Where to find kefir grains near me? You can buy kefir grains online, at health food stores, and even in some supermarkets.
Here is the step-by-step for how to make kefir milk:
Due to the fermentation process, kefir has a slightly tart flavor, similar to yogurt. The best way to use kefir is in healthy smoothie recipes. For breakfast on the run, simply blitz up your favorite fruits with kefir, a bit of lemon juice, and a drizzle of honey. For a healthier alternative, you can substitute kefir for milk or buttermilk in baking recipes such as devil’s food cake and blueberry muffins. However, some of the nutritional value of the kefir is lost when it is heated. Some more kefir recipe inspiration:
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