Kefir. I’ve heard of it, but never tried it. I didn’t know much about it beyond that it was a dairy product. I had no idea if it was any good or not or even if I could buy it in my area. Kefir reminds me of a yogurt smoothie. However, it’s not actually yogurt, but it is in the same family. It’s been around for more than 2000 years and dates back to the Caucasus mountains in Europe.
Kefir is a cultured drink made from milk fermented with Kefir cultures. It has a tart flavour and is thicker than milk, but thinner than yogurt. Lifeway Foods has been making kefir since 1986. They started making kefir in a family home in the Chicago area and have now expanded to 100+ varieties in USA, UK and now Canada! Yes, Lifeway Kefir can now be found at grocery stores in Canada!
I liked that Lifeway Kefir has 12 live and active probiotic cultures. I take daily probiotics and find they’ve really helped me on a variety of issues. Their kefir has a higher probiotic count than most yogurts! Probiotics help digestion and immunity and I’m going to say it…yeast infections! If you are prone to them, try probiotics!
I tried the Strawberry and Original flavours. My favourite was the Strawberry. It tastes like yogurt. It’s smooth, creamy and filling. The Original is also pretty good. It’s not sweet and the tangy flavour really pops out. It reminded me a little of buttermilk which my Grandma June used to drink. I bet she would have enjoyed kefir. In fact, you can use Original Kefir as a substitute for buttermilk, sour cream, mayonnaise and yogurt in recipes. I’ll have to try that next time I’m making a recipe. I drank all the Strawberry Kefir, but I’ve got a little bit left of the Original flavour.
Lifeway Kefir is available in Original, Strawberry, Peach and Blueberry flavours. I’m looking forward to trying the latter two. Look for it at Safeway, Shoppers Drug Mart and Sobeys in Canada!