Can you believe it’s already mid November? The holidays are coming- I can feel it; and when the yuletide season makes it debut, most people find themselves sniffling and sneezing, which is so not festive at all. During the holidays I load up on fermented foods of all kinds, from miso to kombucha to kefir.
Kefir, one of my go to fermented foods, is a probiotic food that is made by culturing fresh milk with kefir grains, which are live colonies of bacteria and yeast. In addition to boosting digestion, kefir is a great source of calcium, protein and potassium. And for those of us who don’t tolerate lactose well, kefir may be for you!
By breaking down, or predigesting, the lactose in milk, kefir can significantly reduce the symptoms of lactose intolerance, including reducing bloating and stomach pain; in addition to aiding those with other food allergies, such as those to eggs.
For Immunity and Beyond!
Kefiran, an indigestible fibre unique to kefir, boast anti-inflammatory and immunity supportive properties; and regular consumption may contribute to an increase in activity of the body’s natural soldier cells and T-helper cells, which kickstart the immune response. Kefir also maintains homeostasis of healthy bacteria in the gut crucial for fighting harmful bacteria, viruses and fungi.
Winter Wellness Tonic
This week in the Vitality Kitchen, kefir was a main player. I thought, “why haven’t I been drinking more kefir this season?“, last year I was all over it. So with leftover pomegranates, bee pollen and raw honey (known immunity boosters) I went to work on a new seasonal sipper. Not much to say about this except it’s PACKED with antioxidants from the pomegranates, immune boosting due to kefir being the base; and deliciously floral and lightly sweet thanks to the bee’s.
Winter wellness, I think I’m beginning to get the hang of you!
Pink (Kefir) Lady
1 1/2 cups plain kefir
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
1 tsp bee pollen 1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp raw honey
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until well combined; strain out the seeds with 3 layers of cheesecloth and enjoy over ice!