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Fall Spicy Butternut Squash Soup

Thanksgiving week is here and we’re so excited to spend time with our families and chow down on some delicious, healthy, kefir-ized Thanksgiving dishes! We’ve once again been perusing our recipe archive for things to make. We wanted to stretch our culinary skills and incorporate our favorite seasonal ingredients into dishes everyone will love. Last year, we made […]


Bringing Fresh Food While Reusing Space: e.a.t. spots

Everywhere we turn it seems like one dilapidated and forgotten house, shopping center or road is being torn up and pulled down. In these vacant spaces, seemingly overnight, new structures pop up – structures that are near replicas of their lot’s previous occupant. “Why not just keep what was there and fix it,” we ask […]


Pregnancy-Supporting Kefir Smoothie

Last week, a loyal Lifeway kefir drinker called in requesting a smoothie recipe for his pregnant wife. He had read that drinking kefir was good for women who are pregnant and wanted to ensure she was eating the healthiest foods she could to ensure a healthy baby and a healthy pregnancy. While a healthy diet […]


Cranberry Orange Kefir Scones with Orange Glaze

As the continues to weather cool down and the nights become downright chilly, we’re excited for any excuse to turn our ovens on in the morning and cook up a great breakfast! Winter is fast approaching and we’ve been experimenting in the Lifeway Kitchen with a few of our favorite seasonal flavors – Cranberry Crème […]


Fall in a Bowl: Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal with Kefir and Pecans

This time of year, few things seem as difficult as waking up in the morning. The sun comes up later (and goes down earlier…) and frost blankets our windows, making heading out the door a daunting task. There’s a bright spot to the cold, dark mornings of late fall and winter, though: it’s hot breakfast […]


Kefir Sundaes for National Ice Cream Sundae Day

Ah, the ice cream sundae! No summer is complete without indulging in at least one of these comfort food classics. While the birth place of the original ice cream sundae is still heatedly contested, according to What’s Cooking America, “some historians claim…that the name ‘sundae’ was created in response to the Blue Laws which said […]


Julie Smolyansky – YWCA Outstanding Leader in Global Citizenship

On October 31, Lifeway CEO Julie Smolyansky was recognized by the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago as an Outstanding Leader at their 42nd annual Leader Luncheon titled, “Local Women. Global Impact.” Specifically, Julie was named the Outstanding Leader in Global Citizenship, thanks to her philanthropic work and dedication to advancing the cause of girls and women around […]


Kefir for Kids

We spend a lot of time talking about the incredible health benefits kefir provides adults, but did you know it’s also great for kids? A healthy digestive system is crucial for childhood development – physical, mental and emotional. However, with the temptation of high-calorie and sugary foods available to kids at school and publicized on […]


Candy Corn Kefir Smoothie

Candy corn: you either love them or you hate them. Arguably the most ubiquitous Halloween candy alongside the similarly textured candy pumpkins and super sticky caramel creams, these corn kernel-shaped confections are typically both bought and consumed in bulk this time of year but quickly forgotten come November first (ok, seventh – we always have […]


Breast Health Education with Bright Pink

As October – Breast Cancer Awareness Month – comes to a close, we wanted to bring attention to one of our favorite breast health organizations – Chicago’s own Bright Pink. Based in our hometown, Bright Pink is on a mission to save women’s lives from breast and ovarian cancer by empowering them to live proactively […]