Most yogurts don’t have enough probiotics for our taste, so we’re celebrating National Frozen Kefir Day on June 4th by making our own frozen kefir. Made with protein-packed Lifeway Vanilla Whole Milk Kefir, this creamy and luxurious frozen kefir is a great source of vitamin D, calcium, protein, healthy fats, B vitamins, and a magnificent vanilla flavor you won’t want to miss. This is the perfect easy, healthy summer treat that’s also great for your gut due to the 12 active live and active cultures our kefir contains.
For color, vitamin C, and antioxidants, plus a tangy-sweet flavor, fresh raspberries are the star of the show, while decadent dark chocolate makes for an even more indulgent and richer frozen kefir experience. Trust us, you’re definitely going to want to make a little extra room in your freezer for this one!
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.
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.
Prebiotics + Probiotics = A Healthier You
Prebiotics are non-living, non-digestible carbohydrates naturally found in a variety of fiber-rich plant foods. Your body actually can’t digest prebiotics, so they’re what probiotics feed off of to remain actively working in your digestive system. They help the digestive system by promoting the growth of good bacteria. Prebiotics and probiotics work together in balance to make sure our digestive system stays on track and regular. Research has found that consuming a variety of prebiotic and probiotic food sources may improve your body’s natural functions, including both your immune and digestive systems.
- 1 pint heavy whipping cream
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 4oz sweetened condensed milk
- 1 cup Vanilla Whole Milk Kefir
- dark chocolate chunks of choice
- 1 6-ounce package fresh raspberries (or use 3/4 cup frozen raspberries)
- In a standing mixer (or hand mixer), whip the heavy cream with the vanilla kefir until medium peaks form. Fold in vanilla extract and salt
- Slowly pour the sweetened condensed milk and fold into the mixture until fully mixed. Fold in raspberries and chocolate chunks
- Freeze for at least 12 hours before serving