Better Breakfasts: Kefir

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Our family recently discovered Kefir in our search for better breakfasts.  My husband and I used to drink it when we lived in Eastern Europe, so I recognized the taste even though I didn’t recognize the name.

Kefir is known to be one of the top 10 superfoods.  It is a natural, highly effective probiotic.  Traditional Kefir contains more probiotic “friendly bacteria” than yogurt, and its bacteria are able to colonize in the gut, making it far superior to yogurt.  It also contains beneficial yeasts, which give it an effervescent quality that I find wonderfully refreshing and practically addictive. Our family prefers Lifeway Kefir, which is gluten free and 99% lactose free.

All my kids love Kefir in one form or another.  My toddler and I love it so much that we drink plain, tangy, almost sour Kefir straight from the glass.  It tastes fabulous with blueberries mixed in, making it a double superfood.  Some of my children eat it like dessert with shredded coconut, granola, sliced banana, and 1 Tbsp. chopped dark chocolate (another superfood, thanks to its antioxidant properties).  A couple of my children are a bit put off by Kefir’s tartness, but they think it makes the best smoothies ever.

Recipe: Kefir Smoothies

32 oz. bottle Plain Kefir

2 cups fruit

Pour the Kefir and the fruit in a blender, pulse for a minute or two, and you’ll have a super yummy smoothie.  I never add sugar to this smoothie, and it doesn’t need it.  This makes about enough for 6 of us to have a coffee cup sized smoothie.  You can also use frozen fruit if you want a thicker consistency and a colder smoothie.

Molly Evert and her husband David have been married for 21 years. They spent the first several years of marriage serving as missionaries, and now they reside in Georgia. Molly stays busy homeschooling her four boys, ages 7 to 16, and playing with her baby daughter. She is the creator of My Audio School, a website which provides educational audio content for children. Molly is a contributing writer at Visionary Womanhood and she tries to keep up with her two blogs CounterCultural Mom and CounterCultural School. She also enjoys teaching online and at women’s conferences.

 

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About Molly Evert

Writer Molly Evert is a wife and homeschooling mom to 6 kids, who range in age from 2 to 18. She runs an educational website, My Audio School (http://www.myaudioschool.com), providing access to the best in children's audio literature. She also blogs at CounterCultural Mom (http://www.counterculturalmom.com) and CounterCultural School (http://www.counterculturalschool.com).

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