By LifeWayKefir LifeWayKefir on 7/27/2014 4:02 PM
Picnic food and crowdfunding recently collided and the results were surprisingly lucrative. An Ohio man who goes by the name of Zach Danger Brown decided to make some potato salad this summer but was short on cash. Like any internet-savvy picnic-er would, Zach set up a Kickstarter
to fund his side dish and has so far earned over $50,000 in pledges.
Kickstarter is a website that allows creative and entrepreneurial folk to reach out to the world wide Internet for financial support on their endeavors. Most Kickstarter campaigns are geared towards seeding a business venture, we like that Zach’s is more mayo driven.
Our Lifeway potato salad recipe will most likely fall under the $10 per batch Zach estimated his potato salad to cost and has a splash more probiotic cultures, too! Lifeway is always there for you in the checkout lane anyway – you can download coupons for all our delicious kefir products every month!
Lifeway Potato Salad
1 ½ pounds red potatoes (about 12 small)
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon stone ground mustard
½ teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon salt
¼ cup chives, chopped fine
¼ cup chopped celery (1 stalk)
Cover the potatoes in cold water and salt the water generously. Bring to a boil and let cook, uncovered for about 15 minutes until the potatoes are tender. Drain and let cool.
Whisk together the mayonnaise, kefir, mustard, black pepper, and salt in a small bowl and set aside.
When the potatoes are cool enough to touch but still warm, slice them into ½ in chunks and transfer to a large mixing bowl. Pour the dressing over the warm potatoes and stir to coat. Mix in the celery and chives and refrigerate for at least one hour or overnight.
Before serving, season with additional salt and pepper to taste and add more kefir if necessary and a creamier texture is desired.
By LifeWayKefir LifeWayKefir on 7/14/2014 9:37 AM
We’ve covered the connection between probiotic food and mood on our blog before. A diet heavy in probiotics has been linked to decreased depression and anxiety, and we’re finding that a great deal of neurological activity happens in our digestive tract. We’ve had a gut feeling about that all along!
Another age old connection between what we eat and how we feel has recently gotten a fresh round of publicity – acting like a jerk when you’re hungry. This feeling has a fancy new name, “hangry,” allowing short tempered dieters and snack-less Sallys to excuse their bratty behavior easier than ever before.
Renowned researchers are even digging deeper into the connection between attitude and satiety. The “myth-buster” of the social science world, Brad Bushman of Ohio State University, published research linking low blood sugar (a measure of hunger) to increased anger toward a person’s spouse. His study was conducted by having participants measure their blood sugar and stick pins into a voodoo doll representing their spouse before bed. Perhaps dolls made out of Lifeway Kefir bottles? We may never know. We do know that participants with lower blood sugar got after those dolls with statistically significant more zeal. Is being hangry a real excuse for acting like a jerk? Verdict: confirmed!
Luckily, there is a solution – don’t let yourself get so hungry. Lifeway Kefir will give your neurons a little more fuel to function at top capacity and the protein will keep your energy level from crashing later on.
By LifeWayKefir LifeWayKefir on 7/8/2014 9:37 AM
Even if you can’t make it to a World Cup game in Brazil, you can still eat like you’re in the Amazon! Brazilians are crazy about açai! It’s a superfood native to the Amazon rainforest that is rich in antioxidants, fiber, and heart-healthy fats. Blended with a splash of Lifeway Kefir, you can elevate your açai to a live and active breakfast, snack, or even dessert!
Prepared like a super thick smoothie and topped with delectable munchies like granola and goji berries, açai is pretty enough to eat! Bom apetite!
Kefir Açai Bowl
7 ounces frozen açai
½ cup Lifeway Lowfat Plain Kefir
Blend açai, banana, and kefir together in a blender until smooth. Pour mixture into a serving bowl and arrange additional desired ingredients artfully on top.
By LifeWayKefir LifeWayKefir on 7/2/2014 8:37 AM
Yoga, like kefir, is an excellent daily habit. To make your practice of both a little easier, we are giving away a Lifeway Yoga Mat and 3 VIP coupons for free Lifeway product every week in July to one lucky and talented fan on Instagram! To enter to win this awesome bundle of life enhancing goodness, follow these simple steps:
1. Grab some Lifeway Kefir, pick a setting
2. Strike a yoga pose and take a sip for the camera
3. Post to Instagram and tag it as a #KefirGram
The most creative photo tagged each week in July will win our prize pack! Any asana will do as long as you are sipping your favorite Lifeway flavor as you practice it. Tag @LifewayKefir and use the hashtag #KefirGram to be eligible. Four winners will be selected (every Friday in July) by Lifeway based on creativity, popularity, and use of Lifeway Kefir.
For inspiration we’ll be sharing on Instagram some photos from Wanderlust Vermont, Colorado, and California. Lifeway is travelling nationwide to bring tasty probiotic treats to the wandering yogis at the amazing Wanderlust festivals. In the words of the Wanderlust’s wisest:
Wanderlust Yoga Festivals are all-out, ecstatic celebrations, bringing together the world’s leading yoga teachers, top musical acts, renowned speakers, exquisite chefs, and thrilling performers, weaving together an experience that surprises and delights.
We couldn’t agree more. Definitely find your way to a Wanderlust festival if you get a chance. If it’s not in the stars this year, follow Lifeway on Instagram to see the amazing feats of our fans far and wide, and get in the yoga spirit by entering to win one of our yoga mat prize packs!
By LifeWayKefir LifeWayKefir on 7/1/2014 9:37 AM
Team USA made it to the second round of the World Cup soccer tournament. Go Team USA!
These matches are long and grueling, but a real hoot to watch. We got hungry just watching these guys run so much, we had to refresh mid-game with a big bowl of Lifeway Frozen Kefir – we went for the new Coconut flavor in honor of the tropical host country, Brazil.
We wondered how each of these teams fuels up before a big game. Do they wash their breakfast down with a big glass of kefir for a hearty dose of protein and a professional level digestive tune up? Are they partial to the pastries of their home nation?
Which do you think will propel the world’s best soccer players to world champion status in today’s USA vs. Belgium game? Lumberjack favorite of the New World, Blueberry Pancakes, or demure but dense Belgian Waffles?
In case you can’t decide, you can whip up a batch of each with the Lifeway Kefir you already have on hand!
By LifeWayKefir LifeWayKefir on 6/27/2014 8:37 AM
Tiny tupperwares for holding dips can be very convenient. They are also quite easy to lose. If your little plastic cups with lids are in a better place with their friends mismatched socks and ponytail holders, you can use this nifty trick we picked up on Pinterest: spoon dips like hummus into the bottom of a small mason jar and stack your veggie sticks the jar the tall way to deliver healthy snacks in lunch boxes. How cute! Thanks Pinterest!
Kefir by itself is great in dips, but you’ll want a thicker dip for any mason jar transportation. This Kefir White Bean Dip is super simple and very delicious. Make sure you use really good quality olive oil because they flavor will stand out. And of course use Lifeway kefir as it is the champagne of cultured dairy products.
Kefir White Bean Dip
15 oz can great northern white beans, drained and rinsed
¼ cup Lifeway Lowfat Plain Kefir
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning. Serve with bread, crackers, or veggie sticks.
By LifeWayKefir LifeWayKefir on 6/22/2014 1:37 PM
This summer, Lifeway is cooking, baking, and blending our favorite summer treats with our favorite probiotic kefir. Full of the good bugs that keep bellies happy year round, our summer recipes are keeping things fresh and fermented. If you're itching to get in the kitchen, try one of our Bugs Bites for a refreshing take on some summertime classics.
Rhubarb and kefir are kindred spirits that join forces and shine in this tasty coffee cake recipe adapted from Lottie + Doof. Both ingredients in their most basic, unadulterated form are pretty darn tart, but with a splash of sugar, can be transformed into refreshingly tangy treats.
Because breakfast is the most important meal of the day, we think it’s okay to start it out with a rich, tender cake and a strong cup of coffee. Using kefir instead of buttermilk in the cake works as a great cup for cup substitute. The rhubarb is an early summer substitute for tart cherries, which we’ll have to wait a little longer for. Rhubarb season is reason enough to get excited about baking in our book. The crunchy stalks cook down to a tender, almost jam-like texture that balance out the sweetness of the coffee cake like magic. If you can’t find rhubarb in your back yard, check your local farmers market or grocery store and select stalks that are uniform in thickness for even baking time, and crisp like celery and not too bendy.
Kefir Rhubarb Coffee Cake
Adapted from Lottie + Doof
For the topping:
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted, plus more for dish
3/4 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for dish
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
For the cake:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup Lifeway Lowfat Plain Kefir
2 cups fresh rhubarb, sliced into ½ inch pieces
Preheat oven to 350° F. Butter a 9-inch round baking dish, dust with flour, tap out excess.
In a medium bowl, stir together butter, flour, sugars, salt, and cinnamon. Set topping aside.
Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Using an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Working in alternating batches, add flour mixture and kefir, beginning and ending with flour. Beat until just combined. Pour into prepared dish, and smooth with an offset spatula or the back of a spoon. Dot top with rhubarb pieces, and sprinkle with crumb topping.
Bake until golden and a tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 1 hour. Let cool before cutting.
By LifeWayKefir LifeWayKefir on 6/17/2014 6:37 AM
As part of our new #MotherCulture campaign, we’re interviewing moms all month for their inspiring takes on healthy motherhood. Moms have one of the toughest jobs in the world and we at Lifeway applaud you for all that you do to make our world a happier, healthier place!
Mom: Desty Kann, 31, Chicago, expecting her first child
Congratulations on your pregnancy! What part of motherhood are you most looking forward to?
Cuddle time! Bonding, having her sleep on me, just cuddles in general.
And what scares you the most?
Giving birth, clearly, just because I’ve never done it before. And I worry about being able to show her the world – just the overall ability to provide her with the right mix of love, opportunities, exposing her to different cultures…but not just handing her everything. I hope to be able to give her a well-rounded childhood and teach her to love others and herself.
What has been your biggest pregnancy craving? Don’t say pickles.
Pickles! And tomatoes and anything spicy, like Indian and Mexican food.
Any food turnoffs?
Onions. I like them normally but pregnant, I just can’t.
Have you kept exercising while pregnant?
Yes, I take Spin class, do the elliptical, go for walks, do a little yoga. Emotionally and physically, it makes me feel better. And research shows it helps with delivery. Plus, it’s a great stress release.
Any items or traditions that you hope to pass down from your mom and grandmother?
My great-grandmother had a jewelry tree that I inherited. It’s a beautiful gold frame with beveled glass filled with her and her siblings’ vintage jewelry, arranged in the shape of a topiary. It’s in the baby’s room above her crib, waiting for her arrival. As far as traits, I just hope to be loving and kind – that’s what I think of when I think of my mom.
By LifeWayKefir LifeWayKefir on 6/13/2014 8:55 AM
Ottolenghi’s Eggplant with Buttermilk Sauce is such a beautiful dish, they put it on the cover of a book that is full, cover to cover with beautiful dishes, Plenty. It has undoubtedly inspired many a home cook to not only buy this book, but also learn how to seed a pomegranate, search far and wide for specialty spice mixes, and turn their oven up to 400˚F in the dead heat of eggplant season to make this dish. Making this dish exactly as is will not disappoint, however we’d also like to note it is very tasty and more probiotic with Lifeway Kefir in the sauce instead of buttermilk.
Inspired by the delightful sweet pop of pomegranate seeds in this saucy meal, we thought we’d try making a kefir dip with a splash of our Lowfat Pomegranate Kefir, often overlooked in the savory category. It’s perfect mixed with our plain for a tangy and sweet counterbalance to eggplant, which can sometimes have a bitter edge. We had Indian eggplants on hand, but American eggplants will work well, too. If you can’t find za’atar or sumac, you can order some online from one of our neighbors, local Chicago business The Spice House, make your own, or use a little crushed up thyme instead. We used just sumac for its light lemony flavor.
This dip is similar to Baba Ghanoush with it's roasted eggplant base, and is perfect for Father's Day! The word Baba Ghanoush translates roughly to "Pampered Papa" in English and we couldn't think of a better way to spoil your dad than by cooking him a delicious meal on his special day!
Pomegranate Kefir Baba Ghanoush
8 Indian eggplants or 4 small American eggplants
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
¾ teaspoon kosher salt
2 tablespoon Lifeway Lowfat Pomegranate Kefir
2 tablespoons Lifeway Lowfat Plain Kefir
1 clove garlic, minced
Salt and black pepper to taste
za’atar, sumac or crushed dried thyme for garnish
Extra olive oil for garnish
Preheat oven to 400˚F. Slice eggplants in half and score the flesh in a ½ inch grid pattern, without cutting through the skin, and place skin side down on a sheet tray. Drizzle olive oil evenly over the eggplants and sprinkle with salt. Bake for about 40 minutes or until very tender. Remove from the oven to let cool, eggplant flesh will collapse while cooling.
When the eggplant is cooled, scoop the flesh out of the skin and into a food processor. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning.
Transfer to a serving dish and garnish with olive oil and za’atar, sumac, or crushed thyme. Serve with pita and vegetables.
By LifeWayKefir LifeWayKefir on 6/12/2014 8:37 AM
Overnight oats are a great way to give your future self a fighting chance at eating a wholesome breakfast when you’re in a time crunch. With kids to get out the door and off to school and dogs that need walks, it’s easy for breakfast to get forgotten or picked up from a not so wholesome case of pastries at your corner coffee shop.
Overnight oats can get thrown together quickly the night before you’re planning on enjoying them or even a few days ahead of time – they’ll keep in the fridge for several days. This variation was inspired by one of Lifeway’s newest grab and go options, an even easier option for lucky folks who shop at stores who jumped on Lifeway Kefir with Oats. Vanilla Plum is one of 3 fruity flavors in our new line of drinkable oat kefirs. This version you’ll want to eat with a spoon! Every day. No more excuses for skipping a healthy breakfast!
Kefir Plum Overnight Oats
1 plum, sliced
¼ cup old fashioned rolled oats
½ teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon slivered almonds
1 tablespoon sugar
1 cup Lifeway Lowfat Plain Kefir
Mix all ingredients together in a glass jar or Tupperware. Refrigerate overnight. Stir and enjoy.