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Welcome to Kefir Kommunity! This is your one-stop-shop for nutrition news from around the blogosphere. If it’s got to do with kefir or probiotics, chances are, it’s here. But you’ll also find cutting edge information, articles and links to stories about all things health – from workout trends to cool food science research, delicious recipe suggestions to expert Q & As. We love to share our passion for what we do with the best customers in the world, while offering you exclusive info on special events, deals, promotions and all sorts of other happenings at Lifeway HQ and beyond. We encourage  you to tap into the power of Kefir Kommunity’s blog by reaching out to us or fellow kefir fans with comments or questions. So make yourself at home, pull up a chair and stay a while. We promise to treat you right. 
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Feeling a little (coco)nutty?

By LifeWayKefir LifeWayKefir on 4/24/2014 11:23 AM


Wonder Woman, Batman, The Hulk and Captain America have some competition; a new superhero who goes by the name of Coconut Oil Man.

Honestly, is there anything coconut oil can’t do? A fantastical new health claim pops up every day, with fans claiming the liquid gold can do everything from sooth skin to shed weight to whiten teeth.

Smile brightening: Oil pulling is the hottest trend to hit mouths since Miley Cyrus’ tongue got its own Twitter account. According to the ancient practice, you swish coconut type of oil in your mouth for 10 to 20 minutes a day, with the goal of whitening your teeth and preventing bad breath. Just be sure not to spit it out in your sink; the oil will harden and could clog your pipes.

Tasty baked goods: Coconut oil is extremely heat stable, meaning it tolerates high temperatures well. Use it to stir fry Asian veggies, in fragrant Indian curries, or as a substitute for butter or shortening in muffins, brownies or scones. Beware: It’s solid at room temperature, so you’ll need to melt it down first (you can just set the jar in a bowl of hot water for a few minutes.) Or leave it as a solid and…

Supple skin: …rub it on your elbows, knees and heels to soften your skin. You can also add a few spoonfuls to a hot bath, or smooth a tiny amount over your hair to ease frizz. 

Weight loss: Coconut oil has long been on nutritionists’ hit lists, thanks to its higher amounts of saturated fat. But the types of triglycerides it contains are metabolized differently in the body from other saturated fats; they’re typically used for energy rather than stored as fat. An American Journal of Clinical Nutrition study found that women who ate four teaspoons of purified Medium Chain Triglyceride oil (the type of fat found in high concentrations in coconut oil) daily for four months lost twice as much weight as those eating the same amount of olive oil. In fact, Victoria’s Secret model Miranda Kerr has revealed that she consumes four tablespoons of coconut oil every day.

Coconut oil too…oily for you? Lifewat kefir makes a tasty lowfat Coconut Chia Kefir and Tart and Tangy Frozen Coconut Kefir Bars. Feel free to swish. 

Sugar shock

By LifeWayKefir LifeWayKefir on 3/7/2013 1:06 PM
 Here at Lifeway HQ, our phone is constantly ringing off the hook. Comments we tend to hear over and over include:

“I’d like to start bathing in your blueberry kefir – how many 32 oz bottles do I need to fill a standard Whirlpool tub?”

“My husband left me for another woman and I thought my life was over. That is, until I started stocking my freezer with your Tart and Tangy Dulce de Leche…and he came back!”

“I just ran my first marathon and finished in the top three – and I owe it all to Lifeway BioKefir!”

“Mmmfffph hrunn shmmmm hommmmmm.” (Occasionally we get butt-dialed, too. This one translates to, “Your kefir is the only thing that keeps my Irritable Bowel Disease under control.”)

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National Junk Food Day: The Kefir Comparison

By LifeWayKefir LifeWayKefir on 7/17/2012 1:37 PM
According to our calendar of silly holidays, July 21st is National Junk Food Day. Billed as a day when we can “guiltlessly eat our favorite junk foods,” we don’t expect to see any parades or Junk Food Day sales. But we thought we’d have a little fun comparing some popular junk foods to Lifeway products to see how they stack up.


 
Candy Bars
Candy bars’ nutritional info gets pretty tricky – watch out for sneaky serving sizes! For instance, a serving size on a popular peanut butter and chocolate candy is 0.6oz (one cup) but who opens a package with two cups in it and only eats one? One package of those cups contains 232 calories, 14g of fat. You’d need to devour three and a half pints of Lifeway Frozen Kefir to match that fat content, and nearly four bottles of BioKefir to match the calories.
 
Coffee Break
Those coffee slushy things from everyone’s favorite coffee chain look innocent enough. They’re just coffee, ice and a little flavor, right? Well, at 440 calories and 17g of fat, a 16oz java chip with whipped cream is almost a meal within itself. You could down seven bottles of BioKefir and still not reach 440 calories, and you’d need to scarf more than four pints of Lifeway Frozen Kefir to equal the fat content.
 
French Fries
A medium order of fries at McFoodplace contains 19g of fat. To put it into perspective, you would need to drink nearly two and a half 32oz bottles of Lifeway Lowfat Kefir to match that, or eat nearly 5 pints of Lifeway Original Frozen Kefir! (If you do that, please upload it to YouTube, because we want to see.)
 
Nachos
Fast food nachos have saved us all from starvation at 3am at some point, but at 430 calories and 23g of fat they should definitely stay on the “emergencies only” list. Compare that measly pile of chips and cheese to the nearly six pints of Lifeway Frozen Kefir you could devour for the same amount of fat, or the more than seven bottles of BioKefir you could toss back for the same calories and the superior snack is pretty evident.
 
Cheeseburgers
A certain member of burger royalty makes a famous sandwich (it rhymes with bopper and also comes in double and triple-sized editions) that weighs in at 670 calories, 39g of fat. To eat the caloric equivalent, you’d need to down more than seven servings of Lifeway Original Frozen Kefir. To match the fat, you’d need to drink nearly 5 bottles of Lifeway Lowfat Kefir or more than 11 bottles of BioKefir. Hope you’re hungry!


Fat to Fit Author Stefan Pinto's Latest Project

By LifeWayKefir LifeWayKefir on 4/9/2012 2:28 PM
We love our smart phones. For many of us, they’re an all-in-one phone, camera and personal assistant (not to mention stereo and video game system.) They keep us organized, keep us in touch no matter where we go and they give us something to do while we wait for the bus. But what if your phone, more specifically, your phone’s camera, could help you to live healthier?
 
According to formerly overweight computer programmer-turned-actor, model and fitness author Stefan Pinto, it can.


 
In his new social media experiment, The Facebook C Diet, Pinto challenges participants to eat healthier with the help of their phone camera and community-based, online coaching for the course of about three months. Armed with new information about food and a new interest in their own health, many C Dieters continue to eat more healthfully, and consequently, they see remarkable results.


 
The C Diet challenge consists of 20 people from all over the country. Each person is challenged to photograph everything he or she ate throughout the day, and to share with the group whether each food choice was based on convenience, calories, cost or a combination of all three.  They also report on how they feel before and after completing the meal. With the help of other participants, each C Dieter is encouraged to reflect on his or her food choices from a healthier perspective.
 
We thought it sounded like a pretty cool idea, and decided to get involved as a sponsor. The newest crop of C Dieters will be incorporating Lifeway Kefir and Frozen Kefir into their meals and photographing them for the program. They’ll get the benefits of a low-fat, low-calorie probiotic boost with calcium and protein to boot, and our Facebook fans will get to see the healthy meals they prepare because they’ll be tagged on our Facebook page!
 
We’ll be interviewing Stefan in an upcoming blog post to find out more about his own amazing transformation and we’d love to ask him some questions on your behalf. Ask your fitness and nutrition questions in the comments section and we’ll do our best to get them answered!

A Rice Cake-Free Guide to Smarter Snacking

By LifeWayKefir LifeWayKefir on 2/1/2012 9:14 AM
“Snack” is not a dirty word, especially when you make smart choices. Whether you go for salty snacks or sweet treats we have quick, easy and kid-friendly ideas to help keep your family on a healthy plan – and don’t worry, this list is 100% rice cake free.

Snack Bar - Aldwych, London - Neon signs

Salty Snacks
As with any snack, keep your portion size in check. Avoid snacking right out of the bag, or mindlessly munching while you’re watching TV or on the computer.

  • For a salty, crunchy snack with 30% less fat than traditional deep-fried chips, try taro chips. They’re high in fiber, plus they contain vitamin E.
  • Sweet potato chips offer lots of vitamin A and manganese in every flavorful, crunchy bite.
  • Pretzels offer a tasty chip alternative. Look for brands that don’t contain artificial sweeteners (many do!) and, if possible, try and find a whole wheat version.
  • Olives are an all-natural savory snack. Wrap a few in foil and roast with a sprig of rosemary for a flavorful, low-calorie salt fix.
  • Try dipping fresh veggies like carrots or sliced red peppers in a seasoned dip like kefir guacamole or roasted garlic dip made with tangy farmers cheese.
     
Sweet Treats
Keep in mind these are snacks, not dessert! (That’s coming up in another post.)

  • Try a small bowl of low calorie cereal or granola with skim milk or Lifeway Lowfat Kefir to take the edge off your sweet tooth without the sugar crash.
  • Hard candies are a long-lasting way to get your sugar fix without indulging in too many calories. Look for low-sugar or naturally sweetened versions.
  • Dark chocolate can satisfy your cravings plus offer a boost of antioxidants. Keep one or two pieces in your desk drawer for chocolate emergencies.
  • Don’t forget fruit! If you don’t think an apple is snack enough for a sweet tooth you’ve obviously never paired green apple slices with creamy peanut butter!
  • Never underestimate the appetite-curbing powers of a hot drink. Try a flavorful tea like chai with honey or fat-free hot cocoa.
     
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Beating the Holiday Bulge

By LifeWayKefir LifeWayKefir on 12/16/2011 4:41 PM

According to international health expert Dr. Dean Ornish, the average American will pack on 1 to 1½ pounds during the holiday season. Multiply that by the next 20 or so years and that’s a massive muffin top staring you down from underneath the mistletoe.

Arm yourself to fight holiday weight gain with our hunger-busting, buffet-surviving tips:

Don’t shop on an empty stomach Before you head out for a marathon day of last-minute holiday shopping, eat a filling breakfast that combines protein, carbs and healthy fats. One of our perennial faves: A bowl of oatmeal mixed with a little brown sugar, a tablespoon of peanut butter and sprinkled with some berries. You could also try an egg white breakfast burrito packed with spinach, mushrooms and low-fat cheese. Toss a few good-for-you snacks in your purse (or man bag), like a string cheese or a small bottle of Lifeway Kefir to help you avoid diving head-first into a Cinnabon at the mall.

Wear fitted clothing It’s easy to gorge when you’re wearing elastic pants. As you peruse your closet and choose an outfit for your upcoming holiday dinner party, slip into something a little less comfortable. You’ll be far less likely to overdo it if you’re self-conscious that your button-down shirt might explode open all over Aunt Syndey.

Drink up But not the egg nog! Before you hit the holiday cocktail party, down a glass or two of water. A study out of Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University found that dieters who drank two 8-ounce glasses of water before meals over the course of 12 weeks lost five pounds more than dieters who skipped the H20.

BYO If you’re nervous your family’s holiday food fest will be full of nothing but creamed green beans topped with French-fried onions and buttery mashed potatoes, bring your own healthy dish. It doesn’t have to be boring: Try a creative salad, shrimp cocktail, some creamy tomato bisque (made with kefir, of course) or maybe some kefir guacamole.

A few more excellent tips from Dr. Ornish himself:

  • Put 20 percent fewer high-calorie foods and 20 percent more fruits and vegetables on your plate. Studies show that you probably won’t notice the difference.
  • Eat the healthier foods first – they will fill you up somewhat, so you’ll be less likely to overeat the more indulgent foods.
  • Choose foods that leave evidence – ie, keep the shrimp tails and chicken wing bones on your plate after you’ve eaten them. Studies show that if you have cues to see how much you’ve eaten, you’ll eat less.
  • Arrive a little late and make a grand entrance. More of the indulgent foods will be gone by then.
  • Substitute cranberry sauce for gravy, which is usually high in fat and calories. Cranberry sauce is nutritious and loaded with antioxidants.
  • Close your eyes and savor the food periodically during the meal. You’ll consume fewer calories and experience more pleasure.
  • Take a walk after dinner. You don’t have to hike five miles. A stroll around the block is a good start. Walking not only burns calories, it also helps relieve bloating and prevent heartburn.

11.11.11

By LifeWayKefir LifeWayKefir on 11/11/2011 1:26 PM

For eleven months, the pages on your calendar have flipped by, the stars have slowly been aligning, all to get us to this magical date: 11.11.11. The special date has been linked to everything from the purported 2012 Mayan Apocalypse to Jessica Simpson’s shotgun wedding. (Some might even consider them the same thing.) 

Most people deem Nov.11, 2011 an extremely lucky date, numerically speaking – and we agree! We say, why wait until January 1 to start making some changes when 11/11/11 has such a better ring to it? Some ideas on how Lifeway kefir can help you achieve your New Year’s Resolutions:

 

If your New Year’s Resolution is: To lose weight

Why don’t you: Start drinking a glass of Lifeway kefir a day. Research shows that people who consume a lower-calorie diet that includes low- or non-fat dairy shed nearly twice as many pounds as those who only cut calories.

 

If your New Year’s Resolution is:Drink Less Alcohol

Why don’t you: Drink more kefir! We’ve even been to parties where the hostess served low fat pomegranate kefir in chilled martini glasses!

If your New Year’s Resolution is: To reduce stress

Why don’t you: Drink more kefir. New research out of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center suggests that probiotics – the good bacteria that make kefir so healthy – might be capable of delivering neuroactive compounds to help improve psychological health. The theory behind this new wave of medicine lies in a potential connection between gut microbes and the nervous system. Kefir also contains tryptophan, an amino acid that helps the body relax (think of the feeling you get after eating a big Thanksgiving dinner…that fatigue is from the turkey, which is rich in the same amino acid.)


If your New Year’s Resolution is:
Feed my child healthier food.

Why don’t you: Pick up some Probugs™. Our line of creamy, organic whole milk kefir with fun characters and flavors appeals to even the most finicky of eaters. With a no-spill spout and easy-to-grip package, Probugs™ are great for tiny hands and even better for growing bodies. High in bone-building calcium and energy-sustaining protein, kefir contains 10 live and active cultures (friendly bacteria) that help little bellies stay calm and developing immune systems healthy. Plus, kids love the funny names and goofy characters, Orange Creamy Crawler and Sublime Slime Lime. 

If your New Year’s Resolution is: Start recycling

Why don’t you: Buy from eco-conscious companies, like Lifeway Foods. We buy local, which means less packaging and fewer miles being traveled.  And most of our packaging and production materials are either biodegradable or recyclable.  We also buy renewable energy credits to offset the electricity used in our production facilities; our credits are equivalent to planting 335 acres of trees.  And at our headquarters, even our office furniture is recyclable!

 

What’s your 11.11.11 resolution?

Beep! Beep! The Starfruit food truck is here

By LifeWayKefir LifeWayKefir on 6/28/2011 11:29 AM
Chicago is home to a roving sausage truck, a mac n cheese mobile and a wandering Wagyu Wagon.

Delicious? Absolutely. Convenient? You bet. Waistline-friendly? Hell, no.

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Are you a Club Med member?

By LifeWayKefir LifeWayKefir on 5/3/2011 5:31 AM
 What better way to usher in National Mediterranean Diet Month than with an olive oil wrestling match and a merlot-chugging contest? Too crazy for ya? You can still partake: Grab a handful of walnuts and hunker down for our Medi Month primer:

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Kefir Satisfies America’s Top 12 New Year’s Resolutions

By LifeWayKefir LifeWayKefir on 1/3/2011 10:17 AM

Happy 2011! We’ve got great news to usher in your new year: According to USA.gov, the most popular New Year’s resolutions are:

Drnk Less Alcohol

Get a Better Education

Save Money

Get Fit

Lose Weight:

Manage Debt

Manage Stress

Quit Smoking

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Take a Trip

Get a Better Job

Volunteer to Help Others

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