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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

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  1. Ivori says:

    I always thought Kefir was slang for Weed 🙂

  2. Aspiring 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!

  3. 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.

  4. Derek says:


    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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. Vivian says:

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

    1. Jenn 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. Ginny 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.

  10. Tywana says:

    How can it be virtually lactose free?? From the recipe Ardith was just describing, you add milk??? I’m just trying to follow the correct info 🙂 Thanks!!

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