Jamie Pronschinske: Kefir is the “champagne of dairy products” | Health, medicine and fitness
Due to the fermentation process, kefir is very rich in probiotics. Probiotics are living microorganisms or “good bacteria” found in fermented foods like kefir and yogurt. Research suggests that ingesting probiotics can help maintain a desirable community of microorganisms in our bodies and protect against the growth of unwanted microorganisms. Probiotics can also help boost the immune response and help the microorganism community in the digestive tract return to normal after being bothered by antibiotics or an infection.
Due to its blend of carbohydrates and protein, kefir makes a great option for breakfast or as a pre or post workout snack. Kefir can be enjoyed as a drink, on cereal, sprinkled with granola, or mixed into smoothies. If you’re new to kefir or just looking for another way to enjoy it, consider trying one of these recipes:
Quick berry and kefir smoothie
- 1 cup low fat kefir, flavor of your choice
- 2 cups of berries, frozen
- 1 cup spinach, fresh
Place all the ingredients in the blender. Mix and serve.
Per serving (1 cup): Calories 120, Fat 0 g, Saturated Fat 0 g, Sodium 63 mg, Carbohydrates 20 g, Fiber 4 g, Protein 4 g