This post is sponsored by Lifeway Kefir.
Kefir is a nutrition powerhouse, which I've discussed in my previous post, and it's also much more versatile than you might think. Check out these ways below to incorporate Lifeway Kefir at every meal of the day.
How: At breakfast
Why: Kefir adds protein to smoothies without the protein powder flavor. You can also add several pre-biotic ingredients such as fruits, vegetables, nuts/seeds to help feed the probiotics. Kefir can also be used to add protein to oatmeal or overnight oats. Oatmeal is a breakfast staple in the United States, but people often find that it lacks the staying power that other breakfasts have. This is likely in part to its low protein content. Adding kefir to your cooked oats adds protein as well as a nice creamy consistency.
How: To thicken soups
Why: Stirring kefir into hot soup helps create a creamier consistency without flour or heavy cream. It can also cool down a soup that’s too hot to eat and bring it to a ready-to-eat temperature. Also works great in cold summer soups. Try it in tomato basil soup or this cold cucumber soup. Follow the linked recipe but replace yogurt with kefir- it adds more protein compared to regular low-fat yogurt and a lot more probiotics. You will need less water (maybe not any at all) since kefir is a thinner consistency than yogurt.
How: As salad dressing
Why: Kefir adds an amazing creaminess to salad dressings and acts as a great replacement in mayonnaise-based dressings. It also packs more nutritional punch than mayonnaise because not only does it provide healthy fats, but it also adds protein to help keep you full and probiotics to support a healthy digestion. Check out these recipes below for examples.