Today I wanted to talk a little about Lifeway Kefir. I was recently invited by Influenster to try this product but what made me jump on the invitation was the fact that I had read a little about it in the April issue of Cooking Light.
What? Kefir, usually pronounced key-fur, keh-fear, or keh-fur. It's like yogurt but not really. The probiotics in kefir have the good kind of bateria that help aid in digestion. Lifeway in particular has 12 live, active cultures compared with yogurt which usually has 2.
I don't know if I'm slightly lactose intolerant but I can't really have dairy products that are too heavy without them upsetting my stomach. That means, milk-based ice cream, yogurt, milk that has higher than 2% milk fat, and even cheese (But I won't give up my Muenster and Colby Jack). Nope, no sir.
Anyway, I genuinely DO like eating yogurt but knowing what it does to me, I don't eat it very often so when I read that it's more like a liquid yogurt and 99% lactose-free, I just had to try it. It's also gluten-free but I'm not on that bandwagon so that didn't really hinder or help my initial thought of it.
I've been regularly drinking the Greenberry Shakeology shakes from Beachbody and thought that mixing the kefir in with my shake would be perfect. I used a cup of Coconut Milk from Fresh & Easy, 1/2 cup of Blueberry kefir and a scoop of the Greenberry shakeology and mixed it in my blender bottle and it really makes the shake taste that much better.
I also tried it by itself and it really is delicious! It kind of reminded me of those Go-Gurt snacks. I don't know if they're still around though. It's totally drinkable and didn't upset my stomach in the slightest. I have to stop myself from drinking more than one cup a day, and honestly I've already bought more since trying that inital bottle, and will most likely continue to do so. They say that there are frozen versions like pint sized and popsicles but I have yet to encounter any of those though I really wish I could find those versions.
The only issue I had was that three of my local grocery stores didn't carry it so I had to go to a little bit out of the way to find it. If you want to try it out and want to know what local grocery store carries Lifeway Kefir, try using the store locator to help you in your search.
DISCLAIMER: I received this product from Influenster for reviewing purposes and the above is my 100% honest opinion.