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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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Because you're happy!

By LifeWayKefir LifeWayKefir on 3/18/2014 9:00 AM

There’s a reason Pharrell Williams’ song is so popular: People just wanna be happyThat includes theGeneral Assembly of the United Nations, which has declared March 20 the International Day of Happiness.

People are being encouraged to snap pics of whatever makes them smile and share on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #happyday.

In the meantime, we combed the research for fun studies that give us even more motivation to turn that frown upside down. Did you know that happy people... 

…have stronger immune systems. A Loma Linda University School of Medicine study found that watching a funny video increased antibody production by nearly 20 percent.

…volunteer. Philanthropy is linked with improved mental and physical health, and volunteers report being happier and less depressed than their non-dogooder counterparts. (Ever heard of a Helper’s High?)

…listen to relaxing music. A 2010 study found that lying down and listeing to enjoyable music reduced anxiety more than getting a series of ten hour-long massages.

…have happy friends on Facebook. A University of California-San Diego study found that happiness spreads among friends and even acquaintances on social networks by up to three degrees. That means that if your BFF’s sister’s cousin is having an great day,  her mood will rub off on you through cyberspace.

…feel warm all over. When 700 subjects were given drawings of the human body and asked to color in the areas where they felt warmer or cooler in response to various emotions, happiness made people feel warm all over. (Anger tended to register in the limbs.) 

…buy gifts for their friends. Spending your dough on others boosts your own happiness quotient more than buying stuff for yourself. 


It’s pretty easy being green! With St. Patrick’s Day Green Smoothies

By LifeWayKefir LifeWayKefir on 3/17/2014 3:00 AM

starfruit green machine smoothie

We’re taking it a step beyond wearing
shamrock socks and dying the Chicago River green this year. We’re debuting a new Green Dream Smoothie at our Starfruit Cafés in Chicago’s Loop, River North, and Wicker Park neighborhoods. It’s based in our famous frozen soft-serve kefir and Organic Green Kefir and loaded with other great leafy greens. Plus, we’re offering double punches on Starfruit rewards cards for all green juices and smoothies on March 17. If you can’t make it to Starfruit to get a Green Dream or any of our delicious green smoothies and probiotic juices, try whirring up the blender and adding some of these green goodies to your kefir. What other green ingredients do you put in your smoothies and juices?

  •   Lime Juice
  •   Matcha Green Tea Powder
  •   Chlorophyll
  •   Avocado
  •   Pistachio
  •   Kiwi
  •   Wakame

Or try your hand at our Green Dream at home. You can find Lifeway Frozen Kefir in your grocer’s freezer section. Check our Store Locator for availability.

Green Dream Smoothie

½ Pint
Lifeway Original Tart and Tangy Frozen Kefir
1 cup Lifeway Organic Green Pomegranate Acai Blueberry Kefir
½ cup Spinach
2 leaves Kale
1/2 Banana

Blend all ingredients until smooth and serve immediately.

Pie Week: Coconut Chia Pie Jars

By LifeWayKefir LifeWayKefir on 3/14/2014 5:37 AM

What's better than our popular new Coconut Chia Kefir? Even MORE coconut and chia, plus a few cookies! Adding extra of the omega-3 rich superfood seeds gives kefir a spoonable consistency and the nuts add even more crunch. With so much protein, this pie jar would make a great breakfast! Just like they say, eat dessert first and never skip out on the most important meal of the day!

We are celebrating the mathematical wonder of the number pi and the biological wonder of kefir with a few pies this week! Our Pies in Jars are as easy as 3.14!

coconut chia pie jar kefir

Pie Week: Coconut Chia Pie Jars

3 cups Lifeway Lowfat Coconut Chia Kefir

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons chia seeds

1 cup vanilla wafers, broken into small pieces

3/4 cup toasted coconut

3/4 cup toasted macadamia nuts, chopped, plus 4 whole

Mix the kefir and chia seeds and let sit, refrigerated for at least one hour and up to a day before using. Divide the cookie crumbs evenly among 4 small mason jars. Layer the chopped nuts over the crumbs and spoon the kefir mixture over the nuts. Sprinkle the toasted coconut over the kefir mixture and top with a whole macadamia nut to garnish.


Pie Week Part 2: Probiotic Peanut Butter Pie Jars

By LifeWayKefir LifeWayKefir on 3/13/2014 5:37 AM

For our second installment of Pi Week Pies, we got a little nutty, peanutty that is. The vanilla kefir adds just enough sweetness to make this a dessert worthy cup!

We are celebrating the mathematical wonder of the number pi and the biological wonder of kefir with a few pies this week! Our Pies in Jars are as easy as 3.14!

peanut butter kefir pie jar

Pie Week: Probiotic Peanut Butter Pie Jars

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

2 cups Lifeway Lowfat Vanilla Kefir

1 cup chocolate graham cracker crumbs

2 tablespoons chocolate sauce

Whisk kefir into peanut butter, 1/4 cup at a time, incorporating each portion fully before adding the next. Divide chocolate crumbs into 4 small mason jars and top with the peanut butter mixture. Drizzle chocolate sauce on top as a garnish

serves 4

Pie Week Part 1: Lemon Icebox Pie Jars

By LifeWayKefir LifeWayKefir on 3/12/2014 5:37 AM

March 14th is Pi Day! 3.14 represents the first 3 digits of the famous irrational number you get when you divide the circumference of a circle by its diameter. The digits go on FOREVER without repeating themselves, kind of like kefir grains. With proper care that maintains their microbial balance, kefir grains will continue to make a delicious dairy beverage forever. Pretty wild. In fact, they are so wild it’s impossible to recreate kefir grains in a lab. All kefir grains that exist today come from grains that have been passed down for generations!

We are celebrating the mathematical wonder of the number pi and the biological wonder of kefir with a few pies this week! Our Pies in Jars are as easy as 3.14!

lemon kefir pie jar

Pie Week: Lemon Icebox Pie Jars 

1 pint Lifeway Original Tart & Tangy Frozen Kefir, softened

1/4 cup lemon curd

2 cups graham crackers, crushed into large pieces

Whipped topping

lemon zest

Fold the lemon curd into the softened frozen kefir with a spatula. Use immediately or return to the freezer for up to 1 hour before serving. Pour 1/4 cup of graham cracker pieces into 4 small mason jars. Divide the frozen kefir mixture evenly among the jars. Top with remaining graham cracker pieces, whipped topping and lemon zest.

serves 4

3 New Ways to Get Your Probiotic Fix: Fresh Kefir Creations from Lifeway

By LifeWayKefir LifeWayKefir on 3/7/2014 1:37 AM

Looking for new ways to get your daily dose of immunity-building probiotics? 

lifeway kefir new products 2014

Lifeway has developed three new varieties of kefir that deliver a trio of fresh choices for drinking to your health. The new stevia-sweetened, oat-enriched and veggie kefirs will be released this spring in 10 fun flavors – the better to start your day, have a guilt-free snack, or add a probiotic boost to any meal.

The latest additions to Lifeway’s collection of kefir products will be previewed at Booth #3448 at the Natural Products Expo West trade show the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA, March 6-9 and hitting store shelves later this year!

If you can’t wait to try a delectable new kefir treat, look out for Lifeway Frozen Kefir in pints (Original, Mango, Strawberry, and Pomegranate) and bars (Vanilla, Pear, Coconut, and Raspberry Green Tea) in your grocer’s freezer section! They offer all the tart and tangy probiotic goodness of our smoothies and are fabulously frozen!

Better yet, if you’re headed to SXSW, grab a cool frozen kefir bar from a friendly Lifeway rep, before they get too hot. We’ll be set up at the event for you to get your probiotic fix!

Read on for details on our newest kefir varieties!




 lifeway stevia kefir


·         Lifeway Perfect 12 Kefir sweetened with stevia – a perfect combination of 12 probiotic cultures, 12 grams of carbs, and all-natural sweetening with no-calorie stevia leaf extract and no added sugar. The line features the distinctive tart and tangy taste of kefir, 110 calories per serving, and four flavors inspired by dessert favorites: Orange Cream, Apple Pear Cobbler, Triple Berry Tart and Key Lime Pie. Available in 32 oz bottles.

lifeway kefir with oat 

·         Lifeway Kefir with Oats – a fiber bonanza featuring 1.5 grams of soluble oat powder that packs the nutritional punch of oatmeal – without the cooking! With a smooth texture and a hint of oat flavor plus 11 grams of complete protein, this ”oat kefir” offers a choice of breakfast-friendly Blueberry Maple, Apple Cinnamon and Vanilla Plum flavors for a complete on-the-go breakfast or a great midday pick-me-up.  Available in 8 oz individual bottles and four-packs.

lifeway veggies kef

·         Lifeway Veggie Kefir– a savory blend of vegetable juices and kefir that lets you drink your probiotics and your veggies at the same time. This new superfood delivers one full serving of vegetables as well as the full nutritional kick of kefir in every 8 oz glass and comes in Tomato, Cucumber and Beet varieties that burst with garden-fresh flavor – no sugar or salt added.  Available in 8 oz individual bottles and four-packs.

New-trition labels are coming

By LifeWayKefir LifeWayKefir on 3/5/2014 1:41 PM
Nutrition labels can be confusing – even dietitians themselves confess to getting tripped up from time to time. If someone with years of experience and education has trouble deciphering serving size or understanding the difference between “Sugars” and “Added Sugars,” what does that mean for the rest of us?

That’s why we were excited to learn about the FDA’s proposed changes to the black and white label we see plastered on every bottle and box at the supermarket. Among the improvements:

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Lasagna Roll Ups with Farmer Cheese

By LifeWayKefir LifeWayKefir on 3/3/2014 9:37 AM

 Lasagna is great comfort food that you can prepare ahead of time and make when you have a busy day. It’s typically filled with cheese, which can get pretty heavy on the calories. At Lifeway, we like to switch things up and slip in our Farmer Cheese into any recipe possible. We found that incorporating Farmer Cheese into our Lasagna Roll Ups helped slash some calories but didn’t take away from the cheesy goodness Lasagna has.

What you’ll need:
9 lasagna noodles
1 24oz jar of your favorite pasta sauce (store bought or homemade)
1 lb of Lifeway Farmer Cheese
½ bag of spinach – fresh or frozen
1 egg
1 clove of fresh garlic, chopped
1 Tbs grated parmesan
1 Tsp basil
Salt / pepper to taste
Shredded mozzarella cheese
1.      Cook noodles in a large pot of water until al dente. Drain and let noodles set in cold water for a minute or two. Lay out on paper towels to dry.
2.      Preheat oven to 350 and grab a 9”x11” glass dish.
3.      Rinse and chop the fresh spinach. In a bowl, mix spinach, Farmer Cheese, egg, garlic, parmesan, basil, and salt and pepper.
4.      Pour a layer of sauce in the bottom of the glass dish.
5.      Lay a piece of wax paper on the counter for your noodles. Spread about two to three tablespoons of the mixture evenly onto the noodle. Make sure the noodle is covered but not too thick.
6.      Roll the noodle and place seam side down onto the baking dish. Repeat with remaining noodles.
7.      Once all noodles are rolled and placed in glass dish, ladle the sauce onto each roll. This should only take 1 jar of sauce to cover the entire dish.
8.      Sprinkle some mozzarella cheese on top of each roll.
9.      Cover dish with tin foil and bake for 40 minutes. After 40 minutes, remove foil and bake for another 10 minutes.


Kids Food Fest Fun in NYC

By LifeWayKefir LifeWayKefir on 2/28/2014 10:15 AM

lifeway probugs kids food fest

Lifeway is heading to New York City this weekend for The Kids Food Festival! We'll be sampling our newest ProBugs Organic on-the-go
Blasts in out-of-this-world flavors!

When kids are immersed in enjoyable activities, they absorb and retain information more effectively. The Kids Food Festival embodies this philosophy of learning through fun with its weekend full of family-­‐ friendly events at Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park in New York City. This March 1st and 2nd, families will cook, dance, laugh, and taste their way to making balanced food choices! At the Kids Food Festival, presented by The Creative Kitchen, kids engage all five senses through hands-­‐on, food-­‐related activities. 

General admission to the event is free, and tickets to the hands-­‐on cooking classes in the James Beard Foundation Future Foodies Pavilion can be purchased at The KFF is excited to support the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. 

Visit, or the Kids Food Festival Facebook page, and on Twitter at @KidsFoodFestFun

Binge Worthy?

By LifeWayKefir LifeWayKefir on 2/25/2014 6:37 AM

house of cards kefir
The Underwoods' top shelf isn't complete with our their Lifeway Lowfat Pomegranate Kefir

House of Cards came back with a bang a few weeks ago, with the entire second season coming to Netflix. Social media feeds exploded with statuses announcing retreat from real life and into the Netflix looking glass where Kevin Spacey has a southern accent and answers to nobody. The nation binged and felt great about it. It is a smart show after all.

Is binging on the Underwood's favorite probiotic beverage just as satisfying? When it comes to diet, binge is a strong word and we would never advocate such extreme eating habits, but people love Lifeway Kefir so much, they often ask, how much is too much?

The simple answer is you can’t overdose on kefir so you can drink up until you are full, satisfied, and refreshed! If you have a sensitive tummy and are new to fermented foods, the live cultures might throw off your digestive rhythm a little, so it may be wise to start with a small amount daily and let your body adjust to a full 8 ounce serving over time. Our fans report achieving a balanced sense of well being by making Lifeway kefir a daily habit for a few weeks.

Sounds like we can save the binging for streaming serials and stick with kefir as a part of a balanced diet. 

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