And no friends, I am not speaking of Mr. Keifer Sutherland (although one mention of Jack Bauer and I'll admit it - it makes me wish I was abducted by terrorists just so he could come rescue me!).
What I'm talking about is Kefir - kinda like yogurt in that it's got a funny sounding name, tastes tart, has good bacteria in it and it's a cultured milk product. That's where the similarities end.
Kefir is wonderful! It's not as thick as yogurt - it's more liquidy, which I find makes it a better base for smoothies or topping for fresh fruit.
In addition to having the same good active bacteria as yogurt - Kefir has even more good and active bacterias: Lactobacillus Caucasus, Leuconostoc, Acetobacter and Streptococcus species.
Kefir also has "good for you" yeasts that counteract and destroy that "bad for you" candida yeast. So forget the old wisdom of eating yogurt when you take antibiotics - eat or drink Kefir instead - it'll really make a difference.
Kefir actually helps your digestive tract do it's job! Activia-smivia, you don't need their added pro-biotics - you just need Kefir.
My favorite Kefir is the plain orignal variety by Lifeway. Visit their website for more about the nutritional benefits of Kefir, learn about different varieties of Kefir and to find Kefir recipes: http://www.lifeway.net/Home.aspx
Melissa's Favorite Kefir Treat:
1/2 - 1 Cup of raspberries, blackberries or strawberries (I use frozen and thaw them a bit)
1/2 - 1 Cup of Plain Kefir
2 Tbsp. of Honey or Agave Nectar
Place berries in your bowl, top with kefir, drizzle with honey or agave nectar - enjoy!
If using honey, I prefer raw honey, which is not in liquid form usually - solve this by a quick spin in the microwave.