Product Review: Lifeway Kefir Cultured Milk Smoothie
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Oct 13 2010

Product Review: Lifeway Kefir Cultured Milk Smoothie

I had the opportunity to try Lifeway Kefir Cultured Milk Smoothies recently. I had never tried kefir before, so I was excited about trying it. Lifeway makes a variety of products with all of them being gluten-free except for their bars. Some of those products include:

  • Kefir

  • Organic Kefir
  • Organic Green Kefir
  • Probugs
  • Low Carb Kefir
  • BioKefir
  • Cheese
  • Traditional Kefir
  • Lassi
  • Lifeway Foods was started in 1986 with the mission to provide the best in probiotic & nutritious foods. The first product was kefir – a milk based cultured drink that is popular in Eastern Europe. Michael Smolyansky began making kefir in his basement to bring the taste of his country to the US. After Michael passed away in 2002, his daughter & son took over. Today Lifeway is the leading manufacturer of kefir in the US.

    Do you know what kefir is? I didn’t really know until I read up on it. Here is a good description from Lifeway’s site:

    The drink we now call Kefir (it is sometimes pronounced Kee-Fur) originated in ancient times when Eastern nomadic shepherds discovered that fresh milk carried in leather pouches would occasionally ferment into a deliciously effervescent beverage. Once the accidental process was discovered, this bubbly refresher became popular throughout the known world. It is thought to originate from the Turkish word “Keif” meaning “good feeling”, for the sense of well-being experienced after drinking it.

    The long history of kefir lives on at Lifeway Foods, with our very own smooth and creamy version. Similar to yogurt but far more beneficial, Lifeway Kefir has seven to ten billion CFU’s of ten live and active cultures per cup that are known to help promote better health. These friendly, probiotic bacteria fortify your body and help to boost immunity, improve digestion, ward off side effects from antibiotics, fight lactose intolerance and may even aid in weight loss. That’s quite a list of reasons to enjoy Lifeway Kefir on a daily basis. We offer a variety of forms, from organic to nonfat, and we even have a special line for kids called Lifeway ProBugs, which has fun, squishy packaging for little hands. We’ve also recently opened the first of our Starfruit Cafes, with healthy Lifeway Kefir dessert treats in an eat-in setting. Today, taking charge of your health is so important. Lifeway Kefir is one easy, effective (and happily, delicious) thing you can do to be more proactive.”
    -Smolyansky family

    I sampled the Lifeway Low Fat Strawberry Kefir. I thought that the drink had a great flavor and would be easy to drink on the go. I often find myself trying to grab snacks for myself while running out to drive the kids to their games or practices. The 8 oz. size would work well for this. This is a great product for kids who don’t like to sit still long enough to eat, but still need nutritious foods. My daughter is not a big breakfast eater, but will often be more open to drinking something rather than eating something.

    Lifeway products can be found in stores throughout the US. Click here to find the store nearest you. Lifeway has a blog, Facebook page & Twitter to help keep you informed. Have you tried any of the Lifeway Foods products? Click here for $1.00 off of 2 Lifeway products.

    ***The samples of Lifeway Kefir were provided to me free of charge. The opinions in this blog post are mine and have not been influence by anyone or anything.

    Article Written by:

    Kimberly Bouldin is a gluten-free wife, runner & blogger with two children in Columbus, Ohio. After her celiac diagnosis in 2006, she has made it her mission to embrace an entirely new approach to nutrition in a gluten-free world, exploring options that run the gamut from "made from scratch" homemade bread to sampling and reviewing the gluten-free prepared foods that are continuously being introduced to the market. While navigating the waters of becoming gluten-free, Kim shares her experiences and passes along valuable product reviews in addition to helping other moms of celiac kids develop healthy menus that are kid-friendly and palatable. Kimberly is a valuable resource for those who are newly diagnosed, as well as for the more seasoned gluten-free veterans. Follow Kim on Twitter!

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    • Sharon Jones

      I love this product. I drank the blueberry cultured milk smoothie and I loved the taste. I will now buy more more.