Smoothies (Part 2)

February 22, 2012 at 5:45 pm Leave a comment

Ingredient #2:  Kefir

Kefir is a fermented milk product. It can be described as a drinkable yogurt. What makes kefir unique is that it contains many more probiotics than yogurt. Yogurt may contain several strains of live cultures, such as L. Bulgaricus, S. Thermophilus, and L. Acidophilus. Kefir, on the other hand, has 12 probiotic cultures.

What are probiotics? The literal meaning of probiotic is “beneficial to life.” They are live cultures that may have health benefits. They are “good” bacteria, which can promote a healthy environment in our intestines. Our intestines contain many bacteria, both good and bad, and kefir provides billions of good bacteria.

There are many things that can decrease the amount of good bacteria in our inestines. Antibiotics are prescribed when we are sick to kill the bacteria that causes the illness. The problem is, antibiotics kill both the bad AND the good bacteria in our gut. That is why antibiotics cause constipation. Other factors that can upset digestive health are infections, alcohol consumption, diarrhea, stress, and low fiber diets. Probiotics can be a way to keep the gut healthy by boosting good bacteria.

Being a milk product, kefir is a good source of calcium and Vitamin D.  Kefir is also a wonderful source of protein.  Additionally, this fermented product is gluten-free and 99% lactose-free.

Nutrition Information for lowfat strawberry kefir:

Serving Size:  1 cup

Fat:  2g

Sat Fat:  1.5g

Cholesterol:  10mg

Sodium:  125mg

Carbohydrates:  20g

Protein:  11g

Vitamin A:  10%, Vitamin D:  25%; Calcium:  30%

AND, it tastes good, too!


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Smmmmmoooothies! Smoothies (Part 3)

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