So as busy mamas I know that it’s not just me that is exhausted halfway through these summer holidays. We all need a bit of a pick me up after all the picking up after, cleaning up after, and looking after our little ones. Now we know that Motherhood is rewarding but let’s not fool ourselves either, it is exhausting as well and we need to make sure that we are taking care of our energy tanks and digestive health as much as we can. So for this week’s Yummy Mummy Fit Tip, I want to talk to you about Kefir another superfood that will make you feel super fit.
What is Kefir?
Kefir is a relative of yoghurt and a superfood at that. It has more immune supporting actions than yoghurt and can really help boost the body’s immune system quickly to help fight infection, viruses and fungal overgrowth. Kefir is essentially small curds or ‘grains’ that can help fight even the strongest of infections like pneumonia. Kefir is also easy to digest and has as much protein and calcium as milk does, but is safe for those with lactose intolerance. It also helps with skin disorders and is known for its rejuvenating properties (now I know you are going to start chugging this stuff…wink..wink). It is a must have to be a fit yummy mummy, ready for the day, warding off any harmful yeast, bacteria in your body and having your immunity and energy up. Making you ready to be in the constant motion and chaos of motherhood.
So let’s break down the benefits?
Kefir vs. Yoghurt
Although good yoghurt contains good and beneficial types of bacteria that is great for cleaning out your digestive system, kefir can move deep into the intestinal tract in a way that yoghurt does not. It can penetrate the mucus in your digestive tract much deeper, essentially being able to flush out more toxins and balance out the healthy bacteria living in your gut.
Kefir also contains several major strains of friendly bacteria that aren’t found in common yoghurt. Therefore, as mentioned above, combats more intestinal parasites and common food-related bacterias and parasites more effectively than yoghurt (to include common bugs like E.Coli…ugh).
The best thing about kefir, in my opinion, is the active yeast and bacteria found in the culture is great if you are dealing with chronic disorders or lack of energy. If you have any digestive disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and adrenal fatigue this can be detrimental to your sleep cycle, your cortisol product, production/holding on of belly fat and in general fatigue and low energy. Kefir is a great remedy for these issues and taken regularly can really help you combat any of these problems.
In addition to tons of healthy bacteria found in kefir, you can also find a lot of protein and calcium in Kefir and vitamins such as; Phosphorus, B12, B2 and Magnesium.
Where do you find Kefir?
You can find kefir starter kits on the internet, click on the link for more information. Alternatively, good health food shops online like iherb.com or even find culture starter kits on Amazon and of course your local health food shop. Aldi has a great range of kefir yoghurts, and most supermarkets you will find kefir milk, an alternative to milk which you can blend up in smoothies, make your own yoghurt smoothie bowls or simply drink it straight from the bottle if you don’t mind the slightly sour taste.
So How do you make Kefir from starter kits or how do you use this stuff?
Kefir is something you can basically drink, make into yoghurt or mix with fruit to make a smoothie.
You can make Kefir Milk by putting kefir grains into the milk of your choice, it can be dairy milk, almond milk, coconut water, coconut milk or plain water. It will take about 12 hours for pure grains to sprout and be ready for consumption. Every starter kit may vary, sometimes with some kits if you are mixing with milk products normally you have to heat up the milk and add the starter kit grains but that really depends on your particular starter kit so read the directions carefully (these kits could even take as little as 8 hours) or if you are buying pure Kefir cultures you can normally leave them in liquid for anywhere between 12-18 hours and use up the drink, the grains can then be drained after the drink has been consumed and they can be re-used up to 7 times, without losing any nutritional power. Told you they were a SUPER food.
And lastly, Try our fun recipes below and get this superfood into your diet ASAP!
A Yummy Mummy Power Smoothie
Make Kefir Milk of your choice and use this as the base 175 ml to 200 ml.
1 tsp. of flax seed oil
1 tsp. of flax seed powder or flax seeds
Add a tablespoon Lecithin
1 tsp of probiotic (I will be blogging about my favorite probiotic and importance of this in future)
Add 1 tsp of pure vanilla extract )organic preferably
Fresh or frozen fruits, such a berries, mango, pineapple, (organic always best)
Blend up to your desired consistency and enjoy!
A refreshing Kefir Spritzer
Kefir cultures in sparkling water (follow the making kefir directions found above)
Add a sprig of mint
Few Slices of Lime
A handful of elder flowers (this could be tricky but I live in Germany and very close to Holland so I am spoilt for choice but go to your local florist and ask for these beautiful summer blossoms who knows, you could be lucky)
And if you really want a little more sparkle add a few raspberries and enjoy your mocktail in the summer sun!
And of course Stay Yummy!
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