The Big Chill: We Try Frozen Kefir

kefir-ice-creamI’ll be honest. Up until a week ago I knew kefir was a health food (read: something Whole Foods loves to stock), but I wasn’t exactly sure why it was great for the ol’ bod. And thanks to Google, within minutes I was primed on why kefir is a superfood. (Seriously, how did we live before the interwebs?) Here’s the gist.

What is Kefir and Why Is It Awesome?

  • Good source of protein
  • Good source of calcium
  • Kefir means “good feeling” in Turkish (The Turkish know what’s up, right?)
  • It’s been around for 2,000 years (Gotta give it to our ancestors!)
  • It’s like yogurt, but 99 percent lactose-free for those of you who have to dodge the dairy
  • It’s a good source of probiotics

See? Super-duper goodness. Because most of the kefir products are in a drink/smoothie-like form—and ya’ll know how we’d rather eat than drink our calories—I’d never really considered having it regularly.

That is until I learned that it comes in ice-cream flavor.

God bless the Lifeway people, they sent me a pint of Strawberry Frozen Kefir, and I instantly became a kefir devotee. Both tart and a little tangy, it tasted like real strawberries with cream, and with just 90 calories, one gram of fat and four grams of protein in half of a cup, let’s just say that the pint didn’t last long at FBG HQ. For about $5 a pint, it’s not the cheapest ice cream I’ve ever bought, but it’s certainly the healthiest.

Move over fro-yo and make room for fro-ke! (Okay that doesn’t have the same ring to it, but it’s just as tasty!) Have you tried kefir? What did you think of it? —Jenn



Comments

  1. says

    I am a huge fan of Lifeway Kefir products and have some every day. If I see this in my local market I will definitely try it out. I wish they’d also focus on a “lite” version, like no fat, no sugar or lower in sugar product, but for now Im mixing my lowfat flavors with non-fat plain if I can find it. LOVE Lifeway! Thank you for posting!

  2. Gary says

    Love your Kefir…sometimes difficult to find because the stores that cary run out often.

    Where can I find your frozen product in SE Pennsylvania. I’ll drive to get it.

  3. says

    Gary:

    The frozen kefir is very new and hasn’t hit shelves everywhere quite yet. If you’d like to email me at derekm (at) lifeway.net, I’d be happy to help you locate a retailer near you who will be carrying the product soon.

  4. says

    Spent a semester in Russia where non-frozen kefir (aka drinkable yogurt) is very popular… never did develop a liking for it, though I did save an unknowing English guy at a hostel in Moscow from pouring it into his tea (he thought it was milk!).

    Might have to try the frozen kind!

  5. Athena says

    Wow I totally need to try the frozen Kefir.. it sounds awesome, and I like the low fat aspect.. One thing, how is it on sugar? I will check my local stores for it! Thanks!

  6. Vivian says

    I checked their website and it saids one serving has 16g of sugar! Isn’t that a tad too much? Please respond

  7. says

    Hi Vivian,

    It is a lot, but it is ice cream, and it is a treat. Everything in moderation is our motto! :)

    –FBG Jenn

  8. says

    I just had some of the strawberry and I must say I’m hooked! I loved how tart and tangy it is and I like knowing that it’s also good for me! I think I have found a new dessert and since I’m 2 blocks away from Whole Foods I’m going to be eating up plenty of frozen kefir!

  9. Ardith says

    Kefir is the easiest thing in the world to make. Get some culture, add to organic whole (or not) raw (or not) milk and let it do it’s thing — look up kefir sorbet, kefir ice cream, etc. for recipes. I have a lime/coconut sugar/honey frozen kefir going in the ice cream maker right now. Easy.

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