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My sister has a very special talent that I am incredibly jealous of. Every time she flaunts her magical talent, I am left with my jaw on the floor. I find myself asking, “How on Earth did she just do that?” I tell myself that I have to watch closer next time. I must have missed something. She must be using some fancy persuasion trick that I didn’t learn in my parenting books. You might be wondering what this special talent is (hint – it involves kefir!) If you are the parent of picky eaters, you are going to be as jealous as I am.
She can get my children to eat anything. And I do mean anything!
In the beginning of the summer, we sat our four combined children down for lunch. As I was taking their lunch orders for the chef (my sister), I asked what they would like to drink. “Blueberry Kefir!” said one. “Strawberry Kefir mixed with Peach Kefir!!” said another. (Note – it was not my children excitedly asking for #KefirCreations.) My sister saw the look of astonishment on my face and turned to my kids. She asked them if they would like to try some of the yummy drink that her kids were having. As I started to protest that they don’t like yogurt drinks she gave me that look. The looks she has given me many many times as my older sister. The look that said, “Not another word.”
My kids hesitantly said, “Yes.” My sister exclaimed that their mommy would like to try some too. (Eeeek – I do? But I don’t like yogurty things.) She poured each of us a small glass and we all took a sip. My daughter proclaimed that she loved it, my son said it was good, and I was very pleasantly surprised. I really liked it, it was a little bit tangy, a little bit bubbly, it was unlike anything I had ever tasted before.
My sister explained to me, that it wasn’t “yogurt”, it was “kefir”. She told me her family drinks it every day. She started drinking it after a horrible battle with diverticulitis, and to this day she swears it helped cure her. I decided this was a simple and very healthy addition to our diet. After picking up my own bottles of Lifeway Kefir, I learned just how healthy it was. Lifeway Kefir contains 12 live and active Probiotic cultures that support the immune system and balance digestive health. It is naturally Gluten Free, 99% Lactose Free and contains No Artificial Sweeteners and is rich in Calcium. Lifeway also only uses milk that comes from cows that are not treated with pesticides, antibiotics, or synthetic growth hormones. The cows are grass fed and GMO free.
Lifeway Kefir is now part of our daily morning breakfast routine. If we aren’t drinking it from the bottle, we make smoothie creations from them. I was recently inspired by all of my sister’s amazing ice cream recipes. I started wondering how I could make Kefir ice cream. Turns out, it is incredibly easy! I chose to experiment with a Strawberry Kefir Ice Cream in my ice cream maker. It came out amazing, and I can not wait to try different variations of this ice cream using Lifeway Kefir’s Blueberry, Peach and Cherry flavors! Learn more about Lifeway Kefir and sign up for their wonderful coupons here!
STRAWBERRY KEFIR ICE CREAM
(adapted from the Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream recipe in my cuisinart recipe booklet)
- 1½ cups fresh strawberries, hulled
- ¾ cup Lifeway Strawberry Kefir
- ²∕³ cup granulated sugar
- pinch salt
- 1½ cups heavy cream
- 1½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Step 1. Blend the strawberries in a blender until they are the consistency you like (I liquefied mine). Place in a separate bowl.
Step 2. In a medium bowl, use a hand mixer on low speed to combine the milk, sugar and salt until the sugar is dissolved. Stir in the heavy cream and vanilla. Stir in reserved strawberries with all juices. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
Step 3. Turn on ice cream maker; pour the mixture into the frozen freezer bowl and let mix until thickened, about 20 minutes. Place in an airtight container and store in freezer.
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