Touted as a rising health trend a year or so ago, kefir (pronounced ‘kuh-feer’) is officially having it’s moment here in the UK. Pop into any Planet Organic and you’ll find row upon row of kefir-based drinks to suit your taste. But it’s not just reserved for health nuts – now mainstream supermarkets such as Sainsbury’s and Waitrose are starting to get in on the act too. Kefir and I made acquaintance courtesy of a partnership with Rhythm drinks at our #fashionbeautybooks event with Olivia Rubin back in July – and I was immediately hooked. So what IS kefir – and what is the hype all about? An ancient, live cultured, fermented beverage popular across Russia & Eastern Europe, kefir is commonly made with dairy milk but can be also be made with coconut milk, rice milk, goats milk – or even water. The fermentation of kefir ‘grains’ (actually a mixture of lactic acid, bacteria and yeasts) within any of these liquids results in a slightly effervescent, slightly sour probiotic beverage. It’s a unique taste that takes some adjusting to, but is by no means unpleasant. So why drink it? Aside from physically warming my tummy from the inside (a sensation I absolutely love), ultimately kefir is super good for your gut. The original bio-live drink, it’s naturally packed with billions of gut-friendly bacteria and is high in protein, calcium & essential vitamins (including B2 & B12) – improving metabolism and boosting immunity whilst also reducing tiredness. Exactly what I – *we all* – need as the autumn months approach. The only question remains: which way to take it?
3 ways to drink kefir daily
1. sparkling fruit infusion
This sparkling fruit water kefir is super low calorie and provides two servings per bottle, making it less than 9 calories per glass. Definitely more refreshing than the milk-based drinks and best served chilled.
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A medium fermentation made from young coconut milk, this little glass bottle contains high-potency, lactose-free kefir with a minimum of 50 billion live bacteria cultures. The perfect choice for those who want all the kefir benefits in just one quick hit.
3. milk smoothie
Based on fermented milk, this smoothie is delicious. Very yoghurty in consistency with a smooth, soft texture this makes the ultimate morning breakfast accompaniment.