By LifeWayKefir LifeWayKefir on 8/23/2013 8:32 PM
A hysterical blog has been making headlines lately, titled “10 Ways Having a Toddler is Like Being in Prison.” “It’s uncanny how many aspects of the parenting experience are reminiscent of prison,” writes dad Mike Julianelle, “complete with a sadistic little warden who harbors a Napoleon complex.” Some of his comparisons include “Every morning begins with someone screaming at you to wake up” and “Someone's always watching you go to the bathroom.”
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By LifeWayKefir LifeWayKefir on 8/22/2013 4:22 PM
Back to school week is a time to celebrate education, learning and growth of our young ones, and a time to equip them with all the stuff they need to succeed academically. Next week, Lifeway is celebrating Back to School Week on our Blog, so get ready for great tips, tricks, gadgets and gizmos that will help make heading back to the classroom (not to mention the lunchroom!) a little more exciting.
In Lifeway’s hometown of Chicago, Illinois, this annual occurrence is causing a stir as teachers and students are transitioning to new schools after the closing of 50 of the city’s public schools. In the Garfield Park neighborhood, John Milton Gregory Math & Science Academy is expecting a little treat from Lifeway to start their day – and school year off right. We’ll be passing out ProBugs kefir pouches to the kids, making sure they aren’t missing out on the most important meal of the day – breakfast! Teachers are going to need an extra boost this year as they adjust to larger class sizes, so Lifeway treats and school supplies are making their way to the teachers’ lounge for staff to enjoy.
By LifeWayKefir LifeWayKefir on 8/22/2013 9:37 AM
As an advocate of drinking probiotic bugs to stay healthy, Lifeway is a natural supporter of Dirty Girl Mud Runs, promoting fitness by getting dirty! If it’s true that playing in the mud strengthens your immune system, then the participants of the Dirty Girl Mud Run are building up a strong defense against illness. The 5k takes ladies through muddy obstacles and across dirty trails and in Milwaukee, WI last weekend, runners were greeted at the finish line with a refreshing swig of Lifeway Kefir.
In honor of their muddy accomplishment, we concocted a soil-free kefir smoothie that will perk up a post-run athlete. In the coffee shop dirty chai tradition, we mix spiced black tea with a coffee flavor with our Lowfat Cappuccino Kefir. If you can’t find Cappuccino flavor in your grocery store, you can substitute Lowfat Madagascar Vanilla Kefir and espresso powder or Lowfat Plain Kefir, espresso powder and some honey to sweeten it up. The fresh ginger adds a zesty flavor and has anti-inflammatory and digestion settling powers.
While sipping this frothy, refreshing bev, check out one of Lifeway's and Dirty Girl's favorite non-profits, Bright Pink. The organiziation focuses on risk reduction and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women and provides support for high risk individuals. Dirty Girl supports Bright Pink by encouraging every muddy participant to be proactive about their health with screenings for breast and ovarian cancer and in 2013, will donate $250,000 to the organization. As if you needed another reason to have fun, play in the mud and be part of one of the most inspiring groups of women we have seen!
Dirty Girls’ Dirty Chai Kefir Smoothie
8 oz Lifeway Lowfat Cappuccino Kefir
3 Spiced Chai Tea bags
1/2 in piece fresh ginger
1/2 tablespoon honey
Bring 1 cup of water to a boil, remove from heat and steep all 3 tea bags in the water for 5 minutes. Pour the tea into an ice cube tray and freeze for several hours.
Put Cappuccino Kefir,1 cup chai ice cubes and honey in a blender. Grate the ginger using a fine microplane and add to mix. Blend until smooth and frothy, enjoy!
By LifeWayKefir LifeWayKefir on 8/18/2013 11:59 AM
Food on a stick is one way to turn ordinary dishes into something truly delightful. It’s hard to eat a corn dog without smiling and ice cream novelties scream summer. At Lifeway, we like to put a healthy twist on things when we can, and our new Frozen Kefir Bars take popsicle to a new probiotic level. Most county fair staples on a stick need a real overhaul to land in the health food category, so we went back to the original meat on a stick, the chicken drumstick!
To keep it crazy easy (as food on a stick should be) you only need to add 2 ingredients to your chicken drumsticks to turn them into a delicious dinner you can eat standing up. Or make it a complete meal with a side of veggies and a whole grain dish like brown rice.
Kefir-Pesto Marinated Chicken
Yield: about 12 drumsticks (this is enough to feed a crowd or make enough to have leftovers, but works well scaled back, too)
4 lbs chicken drumsticks with the skin
1 ¼ cup Lifeway Lowfat Plain Kefir
6 oz jar pesto Genovese (or ¾ cup homemade pesto for any successful herb gardeners with extra basil on hand)
½ tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
Mix kefir, pesto, salt and pepper. Divide chicken legs in 2 gallon ziplock bags and pour kefir mixture into bags to coat the chicken. Seal and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight. The longer it soaks in the marinade, the more tender and delicious the chicken.
Remove chicken from the refrigerator 30 minutes to 1 hour before baking (room temperature chicken will bake more evenly). Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Cover 2 sheet trays with parchment paper and space chicken out evenly on trays. Bake for 25-35 minutes until chicken is cooked through, rotating the trays and flipping the drumsticks half way through cooking to brown evenly.
Serve hot or cold as a perfect picnic dish!
By LifeWayKefir LifeWayKefir on 8/16/2013 1:35 PM
Like any person with taste buds, we sure do love cheesecake. But for all its sweet simplicity, cheesecake can be a real chore to make and pack a mean dose of fat and calories. As lovely as its name suggests, Greek Melopita is a delicious, light and easy alternative to cheesecake. Traditionally made with a fresh Greek cheese called mizithra, Lifeway Farmer Cheese works really well as a substitute. Plus, the light custard doesn’t need a crust – just a dash of cinnamon and a drizzle of honey to perfect each bite.
Farmer Cheese adds a pleasant tang because it is made with tart and tangy Lifeway Kefir. The curds are dryer, giving it a more toothsome texture than a typical cottage cheese or ricotta cheese, but using an electric had mixer helps smooth out some of the curds. Also of note, this recipe requires no processed cane sugar, just natural, healthy honey! We used lime blossom honey that gave it a nice floral character.
Farmer Cheese Melopita Cheesecake
16 oz. Lifeway Farmer Cheese
½ cup honey plus 2 tablespoons to drizzle
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon lemon juice
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Butter a 9 in pie plate and preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Beat Farmer Cheese, eggs, honey, cornstarch, lemon juice and salt with an electric mixer on low until most lumps are gone.
Pour mixture into the prepared pie plate and bake for approximately 40 minutes, until the center is just set.
Cool completely and garnish with cinnamon (tapping a little through a mesh sieve gives it a light, even coat) and a drizzle of honey before serving.
By LifeWayKefir LifeWayKefir on 8/14/2013 11:25 AM
Lifeway’s 12 live & active kefir cultures deserve a lot of credit for creating the delicious, nutritious, probiotic wonder you know and love, but they’re really only half of the equation. Great kefir starts with great milk and Lifeway is dedicated to sourcing some of the best there is. This quick Q&A is here to shed some light on what makes our milk wonderful, why it’s good for you and good for the original “kefir-ization”—fermented milk!
from great cows...
comes great Lifeway Kefir.
1. What animals are we working with?
Lifeway kefir is all made from cow’s milk, but not just any cows! Every farm we source from is located in the Midwest, near our facilities in Illinois, and every animal is of the Guernsey breed. Guernsey cows are known for producing milk that is golden in color, due to a high level of beta carotene, an excellent source of Vitamin A. Their milk is also higher in butterfat and protein than most dairy cows. What makes Guernsey cow particularly special, is a higher prevalence of A2 beta casein protein than any other breed. Most dairy cattle today have the naturally occurring genetic variant, A1 beta casein, which has been studied as a possible cause of several health problems. Soon, Lifeway’s production will be expanding to the recently purchased Golden Guernsey dairy in Wisconsin, famous for their premium milk and fiberglass replica of the majestic Guernsey beast!
2. Is the milk pasteurized?
Yes, the milk is pasteurized before it is inoculated with kefir cultures, insuring that all the bugs are friendly and probiotic. Since many states heavily regulate the sale of raw milk products, Lifeway uses pasteurized milk so kefir fans across the nation can enjoy our product.
3. What do the cows eat?
The cows are fed a grass-based diet. Our milk suppliers have trusted relationships with the small farms that send them milk and supply Lifeway with grass-fed Guernsey milk. In addition to being a natural, healthy diet for the cows, the feed is GMO free. The Farmer’s Pledge on our bottles tells you we don’t take GMO for an answer—we support GMO labeling by being enrolled in the non GMO project.
4. Are there Growth Hormones in the milk?
Nope! Lifeway does not use milk from cows treated with rBst, rBGH or any other artificial growth hormone.
5. Is the milk organic?
Not all Lifeway kefir is made with organic milk, but we do make lowfat and whole milk organic kefir in several flavors. The organic milk we use also meets every other stringent requirement listed above!
By LifeWayKefir LifeWayKefir on 8/12/2013 4:37 PM
Not every refreshing sip of kefir has to be sweet to fill your day with probiotic goodness! Like buttermilk, kefir adds a tangy kick to many great savory soup recipes, especially chilled summertime soups. This one features sweet, in-season corn kernels, some potato to add texture and a spicy kick of red pepper flakes.
Lots of people wonder if cooking with kefir kills the probiotics and unfortunately when things heat up too much (to a boiling point) the little bugs don’t make it. One great thing about this recipe is that you can chill the strained soup and add the kefir right before serving, preserving the live and active integrity that Lifeway ensures with every bottle!
Chilled Corn and Kefir Soup
2 tablespoons butter
½ large onion, sliced thin
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium potato, peeled and cut into ½ inch pieces
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
¼ teaspoon black pepper
2 cups chicken stock
2 cups water
6 ears of sweet corn, cut off the cob (about 3 cups)
¾ cup Lifeway Lowfat Plain Kefir
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons chives, chopped
Melt butter in a medium pan over medium heat. Add sliced onions and a little salt and cook for about 4 minutes until translucent. Add garlic, red pepper and black pepper and cook for about 1 minute more. Add potato, chicken stock and water and bring to a boil. Simmer for about 8 minutes until potatoes are soft, then add corn kernels and cook about 1 minute more.
Transfer mixture to a blender and blend until smooth (in batches if necessary). Then strain through a course strainer, pressing the mixture through with the back of a spoon. Discard solids and chill the soup for at least 3 hours or overnight.
Before serving, add kefir and lemon juice. Garnish with a little extra kefir and chives to serve.
By LifeWayKefir LifeWayKefir on 8/8/2013 6:55 AM
Ice cream isn't the only frozen treat that needs to watch it's back! We gave fruity popsicles a creamy, probiotic makeover with these tasty reicpes and a handy popsicle mold from our local home goods store.Can the probiotics handle the freeze?
you may be wondering. The answer is, yes
! Perhaps after centuries spent in the Caucasus Mountains and Russia, the little bugs hibernate during their time in the freezer and get to work when they're sent down the hatch to warm up and cool you down.
Frozen Kefir Popsicles
Red: Fresh pomegranate seeds with Lifeway Lowfat Pomegranate Kefir
Yellow: KIND Peanut Butter Grains granola with Lifeway ProBugs Blast Grape Galaxy Kefir
(A Popsicle PB&J!)
Blue: Fresh blueberries with Lifeway Lowfat Blueberry Kefir
Green: Chocolate chips with Lifeway Lowfat Coconut Chia Kefir
1. Fill popsicle mold half way with drinkable kefir.
2. Add 1/2 cup of second ingredient.
3. Top with kefir and stir with a spoon handle to remove air bubbles. Put lids/sticks onto molds.
4. Freeze for several hours until solid. Run under hot water to loosen and enjoy!
By LifeWayKefir LifeWayKefir on 8/7/2013 6:09 AM
Lifeway's cosmically delicious new ProBugs Blast are landing in a Super Target near you, soon! You can find all 4 delicious new flavors nationwide. From our launch pad in Niles, Illinois, our high tech telescope spotted these bottles on a Target store shelf in Burnsville, Minnesota.
Packing the same probiotic punch as other ProBugs products, Blasts are available in Cherry Lime Supernova, Grape Galaxy, Strawberry Kiwi Comet, and Peach Mango Moon flavors, delivered in lunch box-friendly 3.5 oz. bottles.
By LifeWayKefir LifeWayKefir on 8/6/2013 10:58 AM
Since 1991, the live music performances of Lollapalooza have been entertaining cool kids and cool kids at heart. While the tunes have changed, and the number of stages have grown, the spirit of celebrating new and alternative bands has remained and Lifeway is proud to have joined in on the tradition of keeping kids cool! This year, our Frozen ProBugs and new Frozen Kefir Bars were enjoyed by fans of all ages at Kidzapalooza, in the VIP tent and at Lolla's Artist Lounge.