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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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.
By LifeWayKefir LifeWayKefir on 1/27/2014 8:52 AM
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!
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 (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 (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 (photo by Tonya Wise)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.
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.
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.
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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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!
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
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!
By LifeWayKefir LifeWayKefir on 1/15/2014 1:35 AM
You probably have strong feelings about mayo. Most people either love it or hate it and have a hard time understanding folks in the opposite camp. One thing we may all agree on is that it’s not the healthiest condiment. Whether it’s your favorite indulgence or you haven’t let the stuff touch your lips in decades, you might find a substitute handy as we enter a new year and discover a new you. We’ve gathered some of our favorite mayo alternatives for a side by side comparison on flavor and functionality.
What’s your favorite healthy substitute?
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By LifeWayKefir LifeWayKefir on 1/14/2014 12:04 PM
We know fans of Lifeway like to shake things up and those of you who are keeping up with your kefir habit are feeling good and ready to get fit in the New Year. Deciding which road to fitness to take can be overwhelming, with regimens ranging from fun and sassy Prancercising to Russia’s manly kettlebell training.
To help guide the way, we’ve categorized some of our favorite workouts by four main categories with a quick explanation of the benefit of each. Try incorporating different types of workouts to get a variety of health benefits. Most importantly, set yourself up for lasting success by choosing a workout plan that is fun and doable for you!
Don't forget to fuel up with healthy foods! Pack your smoothies with probiotic Lifeway Kefir or recover from your workout with a tall glass of delicious, tangy cultured milk!
Also called Cardio or Aerobic training, Endurance workouts increase your heart rate and breathing rate and help you burn calories. These exercises help you maintain a healthy weight and are associated with a lower incidence of heart disease and diabetes.
Brisk walking or jogging
Elliptical Trainers or Stair Climber Machines
Strength training or resistance training is an anaerobic workout that makes your muscles stronger. By adding resistance to your muscle contractions, you’ll build more strength with fewer repetitions than in an aerobic workout. Not only will everyday tasks like carrying groceries or shoveling snow be easier, this type of exercise can also increase bone density and boost metabolism.
Resistance band exercises
Keep your muscles supple and your body limber with flexibility exercises. Stretching tight muscles can help with overall soreness, relaxation, and help you accomplish other types of exercises.
Stability or balance training exercises your core muscles and keeps your body aligned while resisting unwanted joint movement. Not only will these exercises make other workouts more efficient by eliminating the use of superfluous muscles, they help make everyday physical tasks easier and less dangerous, especially as you age.
By LifeWayKefir LifeWayKefir on 1/13/2014 12:50 PM
You know that drinking kefir makes you happy. But did you know that the probiotics in kefir actually have the power to impact your mood in a very real, scientifically-measurable way? We spoke with Trudy Scott, a certified nutritionist based in Folsom, CA and author of The Anti Anxiety Food Solution
, about kefir and her other favorite mood-enhancing foods:
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