How to Cook With Kefir

Cooking with Kefir is an excellent way to reduce fat and add protein to your diet. Kefir, often called "the cousin of yogurt," is a fermented dairy product that contains probiotics and aids in digestive health. Popular in Northern Europe, Eastern Europe, and Chile, Kefir is storming the U.S. health market. Highly promoted by "Clean Eating" creator Tosca Reno, cooking with Kefir is a sure fire way to rev up your diet and recipes, and most importantly your health.

Steps

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    Instead of eating a fruit flavored yogurt that can be filled with sugar or sweeteners, opt for plain kefir. In a blender, combine kefir, a banana, and top with granola for a protein punch. For a quick fix, top a cup of granola with kefir and go.
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    Use in place of milk on cereal.
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    Use as a base for protein shakes for pre or post-gym snacks or meals.
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    Pour Kefir into stir-fry for a creamy and thick sauce.
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    Marinate chicken or beef kabobs in kefir.
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    Substitute buttermilk with kefir to reduce fat and add protein to your recipe.
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    Use to make sourdough bread
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    Add kefir to salad dishes (like potato or egg salad) instead of mayonnaise. Use as much kefir as you would mayonnaise.
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    Add kefir to soup for a creamy base.
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    Make vegetable dip with kefir. Pour kefir into a bowl, add chopped dill, three crushed cloves of garlic, and thinly diced cucumber. It's like Tzatziki (a Greek dip), but smoother. I like to pour this over grilled meat like pork chops.

Tips

  • When kefir is room temperature, it will become more acidic.
  • Drink ready-made fruit flavored kefir chilled to avoid acidic quality.

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Categories: Eggs and Dairy