H.It’s a fun intestinal health fact: kefir (the fermented milk drink from Armenia and the Caucasus) contains three times as many probiotics as yogurt. It suddenly got a little more exciting, right? Whether you’ve already bought kefir on the registry or that handy dandy piece of information inspired you to buy something, there are probably a lot more ways you can use it than you know.
For example, did you know that you can make homemade tortillas from kefir? What about salad dressing and ghee? You can also use it to make probiotic ice cream and cakes. The recipes with kefir included here will show you exactly how it is made. Read on to get the goods.
Scroll down for 7 creative recipes with kefir.
Photo: Jessica Levinson
1. Strawberry kefir smoothie
One of the easiest ways to make good use of your kefir is to turn it into a smoothie. Here it is combined with strawberries, lemon juice and a little honey. Simple and cute!
Get the Recipe: Strawberry Kefir Smoothie
Photo: Yang’s Nutritious Cuisine
2. Kefir Avocado Green Goddess Dressing
When you drizzle this kefir-based dressing on your salad, the gut health score of your meal increases instantly. Literally every ingredient in this recipe is good for you, from the avocado to the fresh herbs.
Get the Recipe: Kefir Avocado Green Goddess Dressing
Photo: MJ & Hungryman
3. Blueberry Blender Muffins
Incorporating kefir into your muffins gives them a tangy flavor and, of course, the gut benefits. Adding blueberries to the mix brings out the flavor of the kefir even more and increases the antioxidant content, making this a delicious, brain and heart healthy breakfast.
Get the Recipe: Blueberry Mixer Muffins
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4. Kefir cultivated ghee
Ghee alone already has nutritious benefits (it’s full of omega-3 fatty acids). Do it with kefir instead of butter and you will end up with health benefits upon health benefits. Have it ready to work in your kitchen instead of butter.
Get the Recipe: Kefir Cultivated Ghee
Photo: Vintage chef
5. Kefir tortillas
Do You Make Your Own Probiotic Tortillas? That gets creative in the kitchen. The use of kefir gives the tortillas a hint of sourdough flavor. Everyone at the table will try to locate your secret ingredient.
Get the Recipe: Kefir Tortillas
Photo: Champagne tastes good
6. Kefir ice cream
Using kefir to make ice cream is only one level of difficulty once you incorporate it into your smoothies – you are so ready for that ice cream. Besides the kefir, all you need is a little honey for the sweetness. Then it’s 100 percent up to you how you want to customize it.
Get the Recipe: Kefir Ice Cream
Photo: Only crumbs remain
7. Chocolate Vanilla Kefir Cake
Sure, you can have kefir on its own for a quick protein drink. Or you can use it to make that decadent cake. Use dark cocoa powder to get the maximum amount of antioxidants in each slice.
Get the Recipe: Chocolate and Vanilla Kefir Cake
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