In our recent blog post, Give Your Health a Kick with Kefir, we went in-depth describing the many health benefits kefir can provide. When it is consumed regularly, kefir contributes many nutrients in a low calorie serving, is one of the best sources of probiotics, and helps strengthen bones. Below we discuss how you can increase your kefir consumption, making the most of this versatile, ancient drink.
Using Kefir as a Dairy Substitute
Drinking kefir is the most popular way to benefit from everything it has to provide, but it can also be used as a substitute for some other dairy products in a variety of popular food items. The high acidity of kefir makes it a great substitution for buttermilk in both raw (i.e., uncooked) recipes – like salad dressings – and cooked or baked recipes. Because it has a higher fat content, replacing milk with it in recipes adds an extra richness to the finished product without necessitating the addition of oils. And lastly, kefir replacements in recipes add extra protein to the final product so you will feel full more quickly while improving the health of your bones, muscles, cartilage, blood, and skin.
When determining whether to switch to kefir instead of using other dairy items in a recipe, there are two points to keep in mind. First, kefir is often not an appropriate substitute for sour cream in cooked or baked recipes. This is because sour cream contains much more fat and much less protein than kefir so it could withstand higher temperatures without curdling.
The second point to remember is that cooking kefir will kill the good bacteria it provides, removing its probiotic benefits. Thus, if you are increasing your kefir consumption to improve gut health, avoid gastrointestinal issues, increase weight loss efforts, and improve your mood, it should be consumed in its raw form.
Recipe Ideas for Kefir
- Use kefir in place of buttermilk or sour cream when preparing homemade salad dressings.
- Create brines or marinades for meats with kefir. Soaking meat in kefir with a little salt before cooking or baking results in a juicier end product, while combining kefir with salt and spices for marinating tenderizes and flavors meat.
- Make smoothies and popsicles with kefir instead of yogurt.
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