Trying something new: Lifeway Kefir

1 Aug
From the Lifeway Kefir Facebook Page

From the Lifeway Kefir Facebook Page

Recently, I was chosen to participate in a program through Influenster to try out Lifeway Kefir.  Now, I had previously heard of Kefir, but I had never tried it.  However, it was on my list of things to try, and this opportunity was perfect!

First, let’s start with a little background on Kefir.  From their About section on their Facebook page:

The Lifeway Foods story begins in 1986 with kefir, a milk-based cultured drink that is popular in Eastern Europe and is said to be more nutritional than yogurt. That year, Russian immigrant Michael Smolyansky began manufacturing kefir in his basement to bring the taste of his native country to the U.S. After Michael Smolyansky passed away in 2002, his daughter Julie Smolyansky assumed the role of President, while his son Edward Smolyansky assumed the role of Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. Today, Lifeway is the country’s leading manufacturer of kefir, with multiple flavors and varieties that include lowfat, whole milk and organic versions as well as a children’s line, and a provider of other probiotic natural and organic dairy products for health-conscious consumers.

What I also like about Lifeway Kefir is that they make it using organic milk from grass-fed cows, also free of growth hormones and antibiotics.  Plus, looking at the ingredients list on the side of the bottle, I know what all the ingredients are and they use natural flavors and coloring.  That’s a big plus for me.

My store had limited products, but I chose to get the 32 oz Low Fat Strawberry Kefir.  I poured a small glass for myself, my 4-year-old, and my 6-year-old to try just plain.  We loved it.  My 4-year-old has recently become very picky, but is a big fan of yogurt.  She really liked this drink.  My 6-year-old is going through a bit of a fussy food stage, where some new things are icky no matter what, but she only had good things to say about it.  I liked the creamy, thick texture, and the strawberry flavor is right on.  It’s very similar to other yogurt smoothies that I’ve had before.  I think it’s great just plain, but I think it would also be good over cereal or granola in the morning for breakfast, or as an addition to a frozen fruit smoothie.

I’m hoping that the other grocery store in town has a bit more selection, and maybe even the Frozen Kefir.  The 32 oz was priced at $3.89 at my local Safeway, which I think is reasonable considering the price of other yogurt.  With as much as we enjoyed it, I’m hoping to get this into our monthly grocery budget to have on a regular basis.

Disclaimer: I received a voucher to purchase 1 Lifeway Kefir product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.  All opinions expressed are unbiased and my own.

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