As we’ve learned here at the Cellulite Investigation, healthy digestion is a critical aspect of cellulite recovery. Last week, I posted instructions for making homemade kefir, a powerful probiotic drink that is much more effective than fiber at clearing up digestive issues.
Kefir is a cultured dairy drink that is excellent at building up the beneficial bacteria that live in the digestive system. It is similar to yogurt only not as thick and the flavor is more tart.
Since kefir is so tart, a lot of people don’t like to drink it straight but instead use it as a main ingredient in other recipes. Now that we know what kefir is and how/why to make it, here are five ideas for tasty ways to make kefir part of your daily diet.
Smoothies: This one is a no-brainer. You simply throw some kefir in the blender along with whatever fresh fruit you have on hand. Sometimes I add some honey or maple syrup, depending on the sweetness of the fruit. Use any leftovers to make popsicles. You can really get creative here. A prime example is this recipe for spiced pumpkin smoothies from Elizabeth at the Nourished Life.
Pancakes: I love making soaked whole wheat pancakes. They are so easy to make and filling, too. I never experience the mid-morning hunger that I used to feel after eating normal pancakes. The hardest part of this recipe is remembering to mix the flour with the kefir the night before. Once that’s done, all you have to do in the morning is add eggs, salt, baking soda, and butter. They have a slightly tangy flavor that I love. You can use this same soaking technique for making waffle batter. Thanks to the Nourishing Cook for providing the recipe for soaked waffles.
Ice Cream: Lucky me, I received an ice cream maker for my birthday last year. How does probiotic chocolate ice cream sound? Follow this link to Wardeh’s fabulous blog for the recipe.
Salad Dressing: While you’re over at Wardeh’s, don’t miss this post with more creative ways to use kefir. I never would have thought to use it in creamy salad dressings, but the tanginess would make for a nice twist.
Baking: Depending on how adventurous you are in the kitchen, you can use kefir in place of milk to make your favorite baked goods. Here is a recipe for Banana Bread from Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon.
I’m sure there are many more great ways to enjoy kefir. What’s YOUR favorite?
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