Have you seen it everywhere, but are still wondering what it is? Today we have Remi Ishizuka, a contributor from FabFitFun, here to explain what kefir is and why both you and your gut can benefit from it’s goodness. Read on below, and be sure to check FabFitFun for more quick healthy and wellness inspiration! 

Today I want to talk about probiotics, why we need them, what they do for us, and how to incorporate it into our lives with a few delicious recipes.

Probiotics help move food through your gut. It regulates our immune system which is made up of good and bad bacteria. Studies have shown they detoxify our body from metals, help us to digest lactose (the sugar in milk), and help us absorb nutrients and minerals better from the food we eat.

Probiotic rich foods are things like sauerkraut, pickles, yogurt, vinegars and kefir (which I’ll get to) but there’s more! Miso soups, natto (fermented soybeans), kimchee, olives, and kombucha are other good bacteria rich “living food” that give us life. It’s amazing!

Today I want to explore kefir and show you how to make it and how to incorporate it into your lifestyle in order to keep your gut healthy and immune system strong!

What is Kefir?

Kefir is probiotic + milk. When you mix probiotics with milk, it kills the lactose creating a superfood that is friendly to people that are lactose intolerant (like me!). It can have up to 12-15 different strains of bacteria in it (yogurt only has about 2 strains) — it sounds weird but these are all bacteria that regulate your immune system.

How to Make Kefir

Ingredients
Whole milk (left at room temp)
1 liter sealable mason jar
1 kefir starter pack (I used the dried powder kind and found it at my local Whole Foods Market)

Directions:
1. Add the kefir starter pack powder to the jar and slowly pour in the milk.
2. Seal tight and shake it up to mix.
3. Leave the jar on your counter and check on it after 24 hours until it reaches a pudding-like texture.
4. Once you are happy with the consistency, put it in the fridge so it stops processing.

KEFIR CHIA PUDDING WITH MANGO & PASSIONFRUIT

kefir recipe
Image via @rrayyme

Ingredients
1 cup fresh homemade kefir
3 tablespoons chia seeds
1 tablespoon maple syrup
Couple drops of vanilla extract
Pinch of salt

Directions:
1. Mix all ingredients in a jar or bowl the night before and leave it in the fridge overnight.
2. It’s ready to eat in the morning with chopped juicy mango, juicy passionfruit, and coconut flakes. TOOO YUM!!

Other Recipe Ideas: Plain Kefir Parfait with Fruit – Serve 1 cup of kefir in a bowl and top it with sliced strawberry, banana, honey and granola. Blueberry Kefir Protein Smoothie – Blend 1 cup blueberries, 1 banana, 1 cup kefir, 1 scoop vanilla protein, and cup of ice for an after workout treat!

Top Image via Arielle Vey

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