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Many of you will know that I just had a little baby girl 2 months ago. Eating a healthy, balanced diet was important during pregnancy. But it seems even more crucial now while breastfeeding.
Very soon after Olivia was born we learnt about the benefits of probiotics (those are the healthy bacteria in our digestive system). Our doctor recommended to give her probiotic drops to encourage a healthy gut flora and get over newborn tummy issues.
But probiotics also get passed on to the baby through breast milk. So it’s a win-win when momma eats naturally fermented foods that are full of healthy, gut-friendly probiotics – good for mommy and baby. (Disclaimer: This is just my personal opinion. Please consult your doctor for professional advise regarding your diet while pregnant/nursing.)
Of course, I had to say yes when I was offered to try some Lifeway Kefir at a demo in our local Safeway store. Kefir is one of those naturally fermented foods full of probiotics.
I have a strong connection with Kefir – after all, we share a birth place 😉 The origin of Kefir traces back to the Caucasus Mountains in Eastern Europe. And I was born in Baksan, which is located in the Caucasus Mountain area.
But my family immigrated to Germany before I was 6 months old. So unfortunately I cannot say that I have tasted Kefir in its birthplace.
My first encounter with Kefir was one hot summer in my childhood. Growing up my sisters and I spent a lot of time with my aunt and Grandma, especially during summer break. That summer my aunt bought Kefir. She taught me and my sisters to drink it as a cooling, hydrating refreshment on those hot summer days. Yummo!
Kefir is very similar to yogurt, however it’s active cultures give it a distinct, tart flavor with a tangy, sometimes even fizzy mouth feel. It’s the live cultures creating CO2. I love this almost bubbly sensation on my tongue!
If you are new to Kefir and/or not as much of a tart flavor fan as me, Lifeway’s Kefir smoothies are a great introduction. They are fruit flavored and lightly sweetened.
Available flavors, aside from the Original, are Peach, Strawberry and Blueberry. I loved them mixed with granola and fruit for a healthy start to the day.
But breakfast isn’t the only time of day to incorporate Kefir into your meals. It is also perfect in this homemade, creamy dill salad dressing.
A balanced salad of greens, protein, fats, seeds and fruit paired with this Dilly Kefir Dressing makes a great lunch or side dish for dinner. Having a few perfect hard boiled eggs made in the Instant Pot on hand makes throwing this salad together a breeze!
- 3 cups chopped romaine lettuce
- 1 hard boiled egg, sliced
- ½ avocado, sliced
- 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
- 1 cup heirloom cherry tomatoes, halved
- ¼ cup sour cream
- ⅓ cup Lifeway Original Kefir
- 1 tablespoon fresh chopped dill
- 1 teaspoon minced onion
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- salt & pepper to taste
- touch of cayenne pepper
- Place the chopped romaine on a large plate and arrange egg slices, avocado slices, pumpkin seeds and cherry tomato halves over top.
- To prepare the dressing whisk together sour cream and Kefir. Then stir in chopped dill, minced onion, Dijon mustard and spices to taste.
- The recipe makes enough dressing for more than one salad. So use only as much dressing as needed/desired.
How about you? Are you familiar with Kefir? If so, what’s your favorite way to enjoy it?