Kefir… what the ?!? When I posted what I have with my daily muesli kefir and berries a lot of people were like what the ?!? is kefir?
Kefir is a cultured milk (can be any milk) of several lactic species and originated in South Eastern Europe. It contains more than 30 beneficial bacteria. Including kefir in your diet will help promote a healthy balance of intestinal flora, which will improve digestion, boost immune health and help to produce vitamins B12 and K.
Kefir also provides plenty of calcium and magnesium, to look after your nervous system, and vitamin A and D, to support immune function. Kefir is a great source of protein and is rich in the amino acid tryptophan, which is known for its calming effect and sleep support. http://www.bodyandsoul.com.au/food+diet/nutrition/ten+foods+you+should+eat+this+year,16237).
Whilst searching another site (http://mindyourbodyandsoul.com/body/kefir-health-benefits/) suggested kefir could also help bowel movements, which is also a bonus, constipation, reduce food cravings. They say it can help the body absorb nutrients, improve blood pressure and the health benefit that my Mum would probably be most interested in is that it’s loaded with anti-ageing properties (alpha hydroxyl acid: AHA).
There are endless list of the health benefits associated with kefir on the internet. But basically I think it’s a nice tart, refreshing drink, it a good alternative to yoghurt. I know in Melbourne you can buy babushka’s kefir at several health food stores but I buy my favourite at Piedmonte’s supermarket in Fitzroy North or if you have the time and patience you can purchase many starter kits online. Add it to your muesli, smoothie or use it anywhere you would sour cream.. I’m thinking of using it in my beef stroganoff or else fetteh aka chickpea bake (If you ever get the chance to go to Moroccan soup bar in Fitzroy North this dish is the highlight of the banquet!
Until next time my friends. Be well, eat well & give kefir a go.