Breakfast is never complete without a stack of french toast, especially when it’s dunked in creamy probiotic kefir! Try something new this #toasttuesday by taking a bite out of our vanilla french toast, we have topped one with homemade whipped matcha cream and the other with a matcha glaze.
Kefir vs. Plain Dairy Milk
Not all dairy is made equal: there’s a huge difference between just plain milk and kefir. Although kefir is a dairy product and is made from milk, the most important thing to consider is how it’s made. The process of fermenting milk to produce kefir provides probiotics – the healthy kind of bacteria. The fermentation process also consumes most of the sugar – specifically, lactose, which makes it an option suitable for those who are lactose intolerant. The probiotics found in fermented dairy drinks completely changes the nutritional properties and are particularly important for a healthy gut and body. The misconception that dairy leads to inflammation stems from the belief that consumption of milk with genetically modified growth hormone has the potential to change human hormone levels, but the latest research in 2017 from a study reviewing clinical evidence between dairy products and inflammation could not find sufficient evidence to support the validity of this claim. The claims between inflammation and dairy did not account for poor diet choices, lack of exercise, and stress – which are all potential contributors that may be associated with inflammation-related diseases.
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 Healthy You
Prebiotics are non-living, non-digestible carbohydrates naturally found in a variety of 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 system.
- 6 slices of thick-cut bread (sourdough, challah or whole-grain)
- 2 tbsp of flaxseed meal
- 1 cup Vanilla Lowfat Kefir
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
Matcha Kefir Glaze
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted
- 1/2 tsp matcha powder, sifted
- 1 1/2 tsp unsalted butter
- 1 1/2 tsp Plain Lowfat Kefir
Matcha Whipped Farmer Cheese
- ¼ cup Farmer Cheese
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 tbsp powder sugar
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp matcha powder
- In a large bowl mix together flax meal, kefir vanilla extract, and salt, let sit for 5 minutes so the flaxseed can thicken. Get your pan warm, medium heat.
- Lightly dip the slices of bread into the wet mixture, make sure each side is covered. Pull out and place your slices on the pan (two slices a time). Wait till you still the side starts to get golden brown before you flip.
- When your french is ready, place onto a warm plate and top with our matcha kefir glaze.
Matcha Kefir Glaze:Whisk sugar and matcha together in a bowl then melt butter and milk together in a small pan on the stove, remove from heat and slowly add to sugar matcha mix. Whisk until smooth. Add more milk as necessary, a little a time until consistency is met.
Matcha Whipped Farmer Cheese:Add all ingredients to the bowl and blend together with a hand mixer will fluffy.