What Is Kefir?
Written By: Michele, The Green-Mother
With the kids back in school, germs and colds are bound to find their way back into the our home. For this reason we like to serve the boys kefir and berries for breakfast. This provides them with powerful antioxidants and great support for their immune systems during the cold and flu season. We top it off with berries and a touch of real maple syrup to sweeten it. It is a simple breakfast to make and it is enjoyed by all.
What Is Kefir?
Kefir is very similar to a “drinking style” yogurt. It is fermented milk and looks a little bit like runny yogurt. It can usually be found in most grocery stores or it can be made at home. It has a tart but a refreshing like taste all at the same time. We either purchase it flavored or plain. If purchased plain we add about a tablespoon of maple syrup to remove the tart like flavor. Kefir contains yeast and friendly probiotic bacterias that are highly beneficial to one’s health. To obtain kefir’s health benefits it is best to consume it on a regular basis.
What Are The Health Benefits Of Kefir?
– It has a significant level of live and active probiotic cultures. It has ten probiotic strains.
– It is an excellent source of protein, calcium and fiber.
– It is a nutritious food for everyone, especially for women and children.
– It regulates cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar.
– It cleans the digestive tract and it regulates metabolism and digestion.
– It heals diarrhea, colitis, catarrh, reflux, leaky gut syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome.
– It improves the body’s immune system and resistance to disease.
– It improves the liver and gallbladder function.
– It is effective in treating acne and various skin disorders.
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Simple Home Made Kefir Recipe
– Pour the whole milk into a saucepan (use 1 or 2 quarts of milk per person). Whole milk can be purchased in a health food store.
– Heat milk until it comes to a boil. Keep stirring the milk so it does not stick to the pan and burn.
– Take the milk off the burner .
– Allow the milk to cool off. Let it cool off until it feels warm.
– Stir in 2 tablespoons or more of kefir culture into the milk.
– Right after doing this, pour milk with the added culture into a large glass bowl.
– Cover and wrap the bowl. I like to use two large hand towels.
– Put one of the towels under the bowl. Cover over the top.
– Place the second towel on top and wrap the bowl from the top down.
– Keep the bowl away from drafts.
– Let it sit for six to eight hours.
– Enjoy the kefir once thickened!