Light, sweet and a hint of tartness, our mini raw cheesecakes are easy to make and store in the freezer for when those cravings hit! With a smooth and creamy vanilla earl grey kefir filling, each bite will transport you to the cobblestone streets on England.
Cultured Dairy: The Nutrition Benefits You Actually Need to Know
With increasing research linking the correlation between probiotics, gut health, and immunity, it’s no secret that the integrity of our gut is vital to our health. Although additional factors such as stress, antibiotic usage, and individual health conditions can contribute to the condition of our gut, a focus on healthy food choices is one of the easiest ways to support the microbiome.
Several studies have shown a strong association between the gut-brain-microbiota. Probiotics introduced to the gut have been found to support immunity, improve allergies, and improve digestion.
One cup of low-fat plain Lifeway Kefir has 110 calories and 11 grams of protein, making it a great option for any lifestyle. It’s easy and convenient enough to consume on its own, but versatile enough for cooking and baking. Lifeway’s kefir is gluten-free and contains 12 live and active probiotic cultures (more than DOUBLE of traditional yogurt and milk), which may help increase the diversity of your gut microbiota.
Studies have shown that reduced diversity of healthy gut bacteria during early years is associated with an increase in food allergies during school age years. In addition, kefir made from whole fat milk helps absorb key nutrients such as Vitamins A, D, E, and K. Vitamin K is important because it helps your bones absorb calcium. It’s important to know that kefir contains a special trio: vitamin D, K, and calcium – all three crucial elements to support bone health.
Probiotics and Skin Health
Studies indicating a correlation between dairy consumption and acne did not account for fermented dairy, which may contribute to different results due to the presence of probiotics. Skin issues such as acne may be an indicator of internal imbalances. Because the skin is our largest organ, poor nutrition choices may show up there first. Kefir contains a diverse count of probiotics that may help restore a natural balance of good vs. bad bacteria in the gut. Restoring the balance of intestinal microflora can help tame issues related to the stomach that result in skin problems. A balanced gut microflora can also help the body absorb more nutrients from food.
Bottom Line: Get Cultured!
A healthy diet is one that is sustainable and full of real ingredients you can pronounce. As always, it’s important to be mindful of how foods react with your individual body but when it comes to selecting which dairy products to consume, going the fermented route is one of the best choices for your health. Kefir can be a beneficial way to incorporate more probiotics into your microbiota. Lifeway Kefir, in particular, may be an appropriate option for those who are lactose-intolerant – it’s up to 99% lactose (a naturally occurring milk sugar) free. Check out our recipe page for versatile ways to use it in the kitchen!
- 1 cup almonds
- 1¼ cup Medjool dates (remove pits)
- 1½ cup raw cashews, soaked (4-6 hours is best or use boiling water and soak for 20 minutes)
- ½ cup Plain Whole Milk Kefir
- ½ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup virgin coconut oil, melted
- 1 vanilla bean (slice open and use the paste)
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- 3 tsp earl grey moonlight
- Blend almonds and dates together. Place the crust blend in a small cupcake tin, with the cupcake sleeves. Pour the thick filling into the crusted cupcake tin.
- Place mini cheesecakes in the freezer for at least 2 hours to set.
- Garnish with lavender buds + lemon zest.
- You can also make this with our Coconut Vanilla Plantiful