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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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Zesty Kefir Taco Dip

By LifeWayKefir LifeWayKefir on 2/3/2014 3:37 AM

At Lifeway we decided to change up the simple taco dip recipe and incorporate some of our favorite probiotics. This skinny taco dip is light and flavorful so don’t be surprised when there aren’t any leftovers!
What you’ll need:
-8oz 1/3 less fat cream cheese
-¾ cup Low Fat Plain kefir
-¾ cup mild salsa
-3 teaspoons taco seasoning
-2 cups iceberg lettuce, shredded fine
-2 large tomatoes, seeds removed and diced
-1 cup reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese
-2.25oz sliced black olives
-Tortilla chips

In a food processor, combine the cream cheese, kefir, salsa, and taco seasoning
Spread the mixture on the bottom of a shallow dish
Top with shredded lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and black olives.
Serve with tortilla chips
Dig in!

More Superfoods in A Bowl: Buffalo (or Seahawk!) Wings and Blue Cheese Dip

By LifeWayKefir LifeWayKefir on 2/1/2014 2:37 AM

Lifeway Kefir Blue Cheese Dip

Buffalo wings are made from neither bison nor sea hawks, but sea hawks at least have wings and they represent one of this year’s contenders in the big game, so to meet halfway between identifying the correct species and getting in the spirit of the football post season, why not serve up some Seahawk Wings with Blue Cheese Dip at your Superbowl party?!

Whatever you call them, wings are delicious with creamy, blue cheese dressing and crispy vegetable sticks served on the side. Our dip of course includes a little Lifeway Kefir to bump up that tangy zip and cut some of the fat you would get using sour cream or mayonnaise.

Kefir can also be used as a great marinade for chicken wings, for both its tenderizing and flavor enhancing qualities. Any chicken wing recipe that calls for a buttermilk marinade can use kefir as a substitute!


Spicy Wings

This recipe from Chow is easy, spicy, and baked to avoid the mess of deep frying.


Blue Cheese Dip

Adapted from Bon Appetit


½ cup finely chopped red onion

½ cup red wine vinegar

½ cup water

2 teaspoons sugar

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 cup Lifeway Original Kefir or Lifeway Organic Whole Milk Plain Kefir

¼ cup chopped fresh chives

1/3 lb creamy blue cheese (we used Point Reyes Farmstead Blue)

¼ teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon lemon juice

In a small pot, bring vinegar, water, sugar and ½ teaspoon salt to a boil. Combine hot mixture and chopped onions in a heat-proof bowl. Cover and pickle in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

Stir together kefir and chives. Crumble in blue cheese and incorporate into the mix by pressing the crumbles against the side of the bowl with the back of a spoon, leaving a few crumbles for texture. Drain the onions and add to the mix, along with remaining salt and black pepper. Stir to combine and serve with celery and carrot sticks.



Superfoods in A Bowl: Denver Broncomole

By LifeWayKefir LifeWayKefir on 1/31/2014 5:37 AM

guacamole broccoli kefir

You know and love
guacamole and you’ve heard of its cousin broccomole, but you’re hosting a Superbowl party for fans of both greasy taco joints and diet-conscious veggie lovers and you want to please everyone. Enter, Denver Bronco-mole!

This delicious dip is made with rich, creamy avocados; fiber rich, green broccoli; and probiotic packed Lifeway Organic Kefir. You don’t need to be a Bronco fan to love Broncomole, but you do need a food processor!

We doubt you’ll have any leftover after a hungry hoard of football fans start snacking, but if you do, try some in your next Breakfast Burrito for an authentic Denver delicacy!


1 medium head of broccoli (about 2 cups cooked)

1 large avocado

½ teaspoon kosher salt

½ cup chopped cilantro

½ medium red onion

1 teaspoon chili powder

½ cup Lifeway Lowfat Plain Kefir

Place the chopped onion in a bowl of chilled water to sit for about 10 minutes. Chop the broccoli into small pieces and boil for about 3 minutes until bright green. Drain well.

Combine the broccoli, kefir, salt, and chili powder in a food processor and mix on high until smooth, with only very small pieces of broccoli left. Add the avocado and blend until combined. Transfer to a mixing bowl and fold in the onion and cilantro, reserving a few pieces of each for garnish. Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with onion and cilantro, and serve with tortilla chips.

Be an Olympian!

By LifeWayKefir LifeWayKefir on 1/30/2014 11:53 AM
When Michael Phelps won an incredible eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, people started paying attention to everything from his 12-pack abs to what he ate for breakfast (he was rumored to throw back 12,000 calories a day; a myth he later debunked.) With the 2014 winter Olympics fast approaching, athletes are no doubt searching for the most effective foods to complement their rigorous training schedules.

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Having some #Felfie Fun

By LifeWayKefir LifeWayKefir on 1/28/2014 9:37 AM

Selfies aren’t just for James Franco anymore. After achieving the almighty word-of-the-year status in 2013, selfies have made their way into our American lexicon, our daily habits, and the hearts of everyone with an Instagram account. Along with space-age looking milking machines, apps to manage livestock, and ditching the old rooster weather vane for weather reports on a smart phone, even farmers are embracing technology and the art of the selfie with their own hashtag, #felfie.

Some farmers’ bovine photobombers are so adorable, cats of the internet might want to watch their backs! Right now all of the Guernsey cows providing Lifeway with GMO and hormone free milk are hiding inside, sheltered from the second wave of the polar vortex chill that is blasting the Midwest. So we recruited some of our favorite characters from the office to snap an indoor felfie. Xander the ProBug, visiting from the Grape Galaxy, posed with his pal from Lifeway’s new dairy in Wisconsin.

lifeway probugs felfie

The Benefits of Probiotics: From Babies to Bubbies

By LifeWayKefir LifeWayKefir on 1/27/2014 8:52 AM

probugs for everyone

A new year brought several new scientific studies on the effects of probiotics to the mainstream media. Both look at the effects of gut bacteria on health, but their subjects span from babies to bubbies.

While Twitter was abuzz last week about a crying baby at the fine dining establishment Alinea, researchers in Italy published a study showing that giving probiotics to newborns can decrease episodes of colic (crying), constipation, and regurgitation. Maybe the Alinea baby forgot to pack his Lifeway ProBugs? Whether you’re dining out or just trying to catch a little shuteye, a colicky baby is never any fun and new ways to calm the tears are likely worth a try.

On the other end of the age spectrum, the Buck Institute for Research on Aging published a study looking at the immune response to an overload of gut bacteria in aging flies and discovered that managing the bacterial balance will alter the immune response to prolong the lifespan of the flies. Considering the intestinal immune response’s association with diseases like inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes, and cancer, this study has the potential to spawn more research, possibly developing new treatments that could increase longevity in human populations.

Thankfully, probiotic Lifeway Kefir is fun for all ages, with sippable ProBugs pouches for little ones and heart healthy BioKefir shots for cardio conscious adults. Our 12 live and active cultures love your guts, and this new research suggests life is a little better when your guts love you!

Hollywood Star Spotting and Movie Snack Makeovers

By LifeWayKefir LifeWayKefir on 1/24/2014 5:37 AM
Award show season is upon us and Lifeway is foregoing televised broadcasts and sweatpants for pre-red carpet beauty lounges and mountain town film festivals!

Scooping Lifeway Frozen Kefir at the Golden Globes Colgate Optic White Beauty Bar
Scooping Lifeway Frozen Kefir at the Golden Globes Colgate Optic White Beauty Bar (photo by Bret Hartman)

At the Colgate Optic White Beauty Bar, Hollywood beauties like Jemima Kirke (Girls) and Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect, Twilight) stopped by for a quick manicure, blowout and bite of Lifeway Frozen Kefir before heading over to the Golden Globes.

taking a frozen kefir break before the Golden Globes
taking a frozen kefir break before the Golden Globes (photo by Bret Hartman)

Up next, Lifeway headed to Park City, Utah for the Sundance Film Festival, setting up a pop up frozen kefir shop at the It’s So Miami Lounge and making sure the stars got their fill of probiotics between screenings. From breakout indie film stars like Josh Wiggens (Hellion) to celeb veterans like Kendra Wilkinson, Lifeway dished out Original and Pomegranate Frozen Kefir to independent film and fermented dairy fans alike.

Vincent De Paul, Cheyenne Jackson, & Jason Landau wait patiently for a scoop of Lifeway Frozen Kefir at Sundance
Vincent De Paul, Cheyenne Jackson, & Jason Landau wait patiently for a scoop of Lifeway Frozen Kefir at Sundance (photo by Tonya Wise)

Kendra Wilkinson snacks on a scoop of Lifeway Pomegranate Frozen Kefir
Kendra Wilkinson snacks on a scoop of Lifeway Pomegranate Frozen Kefir (photo by Tonya Wise)

As much as we love seeing our favorite stars and sharing out favorite frozen treats, we are excited to get cozy on our couch and check out all the amazing films that have been recognized. The experience wouldn’t be complete without our favorite movie time noshes, but we could do without the artificial ingredients, trans fats and other dubious additions to standard concession stand fare. That’s why we’ve compiled a few healthy twists on Cineplex classics that will satisfy your snack craving without all the guilt!



Sprinkle a little nutritional yeast over your popcorn. A shake or two of these single-celled organisms will add cheesy flavor and nutrients like Vitamin B without all the fat and salt of traditional butter and no scary trans fats or golden coloring from the butter flavored topping station. In this case you’ll want to avoid the active varieties in the baking aisle or you’ll have a little too much liveliness in your tummy.



Mix fresh squeezed juice and unsweetened soda water for a fizzy treat with less calories and sugar than fountain soda. Try it with fresh grapefruit juice and you’ll never be able to go back to Squirt again.


Dippin Dots

So tiny and so cold, Dippin Dots may have been the ice cream of the future in the ‘90s, but the aughties are over and we’re realizing that processing food into spaceship ready nuggets may not be the healthiest way to eat. Enter Lifeway Frozen Kefir! Kefir is an ancient, probiotic-rich superfood that retains all its live & active goodness and tart and tangy flavor after a spin in an ice cream maker.



Try this Cherry Granita recipe from Martha Stewart. Since the mix is going back in the freezer, we don’t see anything wrong with using frozen dark cherries (especially since we are so painfully far away from cherry season).


Sour Patch Kids

Make supremes of your favorite citrus fruits - oranges, grapefruits, pomelos, blood oranges - and toss them together for a tart fruit salad. Challenge yourself with meyer lemons or limes if you miss the tear-jerking power of chewy children.



Tapioca has a similar chewy texture and makes your beverages last much longer on account of all that chewing! Try our fun Fermented Rainbow Smoothie recipe to add a few probiotics to the mix.


Snow Caps

For some, there is no other candy worth eating than chocolate. You can make yours a little healthier and a little crunchier with the addition of hemp seeds! Try this Kefir Chocolate Truffle recipe, but instead of rolling yours in cocoa powder, use crunchy hemp seeds to get the snow cap effect. They also add protein, fiber, all the essential amino acids, and vitamin E.


Tackling a taboo topic

By LifeWayKefir LifeWayKefir on 1/23/2014 10:26 AM
Lifeway's CEO was featured on the cover of Section 2 of the Chicago Tribune this week, but not for her kefir-making skills or business savvy.

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Peanut Butter & Kefir Dip with Apple Slices

By LifeWayKefir LifeWayKefir on 1/22/2014 12:09 PM

Apple slices paired with peanut butter makes for a great go-to snack any time of the day. This healthy combo is packed with protein -- just make sure to look for a high quality natural peanut or seed butter like NuttZo. If you’re looking to avoid the typical chips, pretzels, and dip as a party appetizer, look no further! Here’s a great recipe which incorporates kefir into your typical peanut butter and apple slices snack.
What you’ll need:
2 TBSP Natural Peanut Butter
¾ cup Greek Style Kefir
1 Tbsp Honey
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
¼ tsp cinnamon
1 apple, sliced
In a small microwave safe bowl, melt the peanut butter for 20 seconds. Once melted, stir in the kefir, honey, vanilla, and cinnamon until smooth. Wash and slice the apple into pieces. Snack away!

Lightened Up Lemon Kefir Cake

By LifeWayKefir LifeWayKefir on 1/17/2014 1:37 AM

 The weather in Chicago has been pretty crummy for the past few weeks. It felt like we couldn’t catch a break between the -20 degree temperatures to the multiple feet of snow. So, to brighten things up around the office, we decided to make a cake that reminds us of spring. Lemon cake is very spring-y with its citrus aroma and flavor. Substituting kefir in the mix not only made the cake moist, but also lightened it up a bit.
Here’s what you’ll need:
For the Cake:

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup Lifeway Greek Style Kefir
1 1/4 cups sugar
3 eggs
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup canola oil
For the Glaze:

¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/3 cup sugar
Preheat the oven to 350 ̊ F. Grease an 8.5’’ loaf pan with butter or baking spray.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
In a large bowl, beat together kefir, sugar, eggs, lemon zest, and vanilla. Slowly pour dry ingredients into wet ingredients and stir to combine. Mix in canola oil until combined.
Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and bake in preheated oven for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. (You may want to remove from oven after 50 minutes as the cake will continue to cook as it cools.)
While the cake bakes, make the glaze. Combine the lemon and sugar in a small pan. Cook over low heat, stirring frequently, until the sugar has dissolved. Set aside.
When the cake is done, let it cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Remove from loaf pan and place on a plate or cutting board. Let the cake cool completely.
Once the cake has cooled, use a toothpick to poke several holes all around the top of the cake. Brush the lemon-sugar mixture on the warm cake. You don’t have to use all of the mixture. 

Enjoy delicious lemon cake!

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