Guest Post On Kefir {Includes Apple Cookie Recipe}

October 11, 2011 · 18 comments

This blog has a lot going on, or should I say it will be giving a lot of love to all my beautiful readers!

Have you ever enjoyed a delicious glass of Lifeway Kefir? If you are wondering what Kefir is, keep reading!  You will discover a healthy new drink, along with why it is actually healthy for you!  Plus I share an apple recipe with you, to show how you can bake with Kefir also.

Several months ago someone said, “Twitter is like a cocktail party!”  That was probably best description I have ever heard for this form of social media.  I feel I have grown so much with all the people I have met on Twitter.  With my nutrition background, I especially love meeting health and nutrition professionals.

Today I am so excited to introduce you to someone I am honored to have write a guest post on Cafe Terra!  Leslie Goldman is a “Women’s health guru,” and “Body image diva,” those are her words on Twitter!  Leslie has a Master in Public Health, writes for O Magazine, Health, Natural Health, Glamour, Women’s Health, Runner’s World, espnW.com, and more.  She regularly appears on Today Show to promote her book Locker Room Diaries: The Naked Truth About Women, Body Image, and Re-Imaging the “Perfect” Body.

I chatted with health writer Leslie Goldman, who blogs over at All Health is Breaking Loose about Lifeway kefir, for whom she also blogs.

T: What exactly is kefir?

L: We get that question a lot. The easiest way to describe kefir is as a drinkable yogurt-type drink. But whereas yogurt only has a few strains of live and active cultures (aka probiotics or “good” bacteria), kefir has 12 strains. It’s also rich in protein and calcium, and the taste is more tart than sweet.

T: We’ve all heard about probiotics, but how exactly do they work?

L: Scientists have discovered that a huge amount of our immune system actually operates in our gut. Picture the path that food takes through our digestive system: It goes in the mouth, passes through an acidic stomach and heads into the small intestine. It’s in these last two areas that most bacteria is found. Depending on the balance of “good” and “bad” strains, bacteria can stay in the intestines for a long time, taking up a significant amount of room and growing armies of harmful pathogens like Candida (an overgrowing of yeast). Every time you consume probiotics, they compete for this space and push the harmful bacteria out.

T: A lot of people like to view food as medicine. What kind of health issues might benefit from kefir?

 

L: Lifeway is always receiving emails and letters from customers who have found relief from Crohn’s disease, celiac disease, IBS and more after drinking kefir. People being treated with medications such as antibiotics can also help themselves avoid diarrhea and yeast infections by drinking kefir, which replenishes the protective intestinal flora. And I know it sounds odd to say a dairy drink could improve lactose intolerance, but a recent study in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association looked at people struggling with it and found that kefir can actually improve lactose digestion: the live, active bacteria help break down the sugars naturally present in milk.

Oh, and it helps with bad breath! I once was on the Today Show, discussing foods that help heal certain health issues, and one of the examples was kefir. You don’t swish it like mouthwash – you just drink a glass and kiss away!

T: What are some of the best ways to eat kefir?

L: I usually just chug it straight out of the bottle – my favorite flavor is Birthday Cake, while my husband is a strawberry-banana fan. You can also make parfaits with it, layering granola and fruit, or eat it frozen – you can now buy frozen Lifeway kefir at most major grocery stores. The plain flavor can be used as a marinade for chicken, in place of buttermilk in most recipes, or as a creamy base for smoothies.

T: Settle a debate – do you pronounce it “KEE-fuhr” or “keh-FEER”?

L: Either way! In Russia, they tend to pronounce it “keh-FEER,” while Americans put the emphasis on the first syllable.

Thank you so much Leslie!!!

I truly enjoy drinking Kefir, and have found out some valuable new information.  Stay tuned for a chance to win your favorite flavor of Kefir!

First,  here is a recipe I created in the Cafe Terra test kitchen with Plain Kefir. I exclude eggs, butter, and oil from this simple little cookie. Instead include Kefir, cider molasses, and Greek yogurt.

Apple Cider Pecan CookiesRecipe by Terra Baltosiewich

3 cups all purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/2 cup plain Lifeway Kefir

1/2 cup cider molasses (recipe below)

1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt

2 cups sugar

2 medium apples, diced

1/4 cup pecans, chopped

Optional Cider Glaze

2 cups powdered sugar

4-5 Tbsp apple cider

2-3 Tbsp plain Kefir

Directions

Cider Molasses recipe – in medium sauce pot, on medium heat, at low rolling boil (be sure to not let boil over,) cook down 4 cups of apple cider until thick like caramel, and about a 1/2 cup in pot.

Preheat oven to 350 degree Fahrenheit.  Grease two sheet pans.

In medium bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

In large bowl, mix together Kefir, cider molasses, Greek yogurt, and sugar. Add in flour mixture and mix well. Then add in apples and pecans.

{Depending on how big you want your cookies….I had really big cookies, and smaller ones…we only live once remember!}

About one teaspoon of batter per cookie, batter will make about 40 cookies, or about 3 1/2 dozen cookies. Bake for about 8-10 minutes depending on oven.

In small bowl, mix together powdered sugar, cider and Kefir until a thick, creamy glaze for cookie!  When cookie is cooled, spread over top, and place on wire rack to let glaze fall around sides.

Devour….er…um…I mean Enjoy!

Thank you again to the lovely Leslie for sharing with us some important, and fun information about Kefir!

To win some of your very own Kefir, please share in a comment below your experience with Kefir? Have you baked with it, enjoyed in a smoothie, or just enjoy in a tall glass every morning?  Also, if you have any questions for Leslie, please comment below!

To better your chances of winning some free Kefir, in a separate comment you can do any of the following options -

1. Follow Cafe Terra on Twitter @CafeTerraBlog

2. Follow Leslie on Twitter @LeslieGoldman

3. Follow Lifeway Kefir on Twitter @Lifeway_Kefir

4. “Like” Cafe Terra on facebook.

5. Add Leslie as a friend on Facebook

6. “Like” Lifeway Kefir on Facebook.

7. Bonus – Follow me on Google Friend Connect on the right side of the the blog.

Until next time, Come on in, Have a seat,

Hugs, Terra

 

 

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  • Megan Babinski

    What a fun little interview. I’ve wondered about this product alot lately seeing it at the grocery store. Thanks for the info. :)

  • Leslie

    I love me some kefir, especially heir new Birthday Cake flavor! Drink it every morning :-)

  • Tes

    Those cookies look so fantastic :)
    Tes
    http://tesathome.com

  • http://www.yummychunklet.wordpress.com Yummychunklet

    Love Kefir. I get smoothies near the courthouse that are made specifically with Kefir!

  • http://twitter.com/nella22 Marnely Rodriguez

    I’ve never had Kefir and would love to try it! I’d probably love it in smoothies!

  • http://twitter.com/nella22 Marnely Rodriguez

    I follow you on twitter of course!

  • http://twitter.com/nella22 Marnely Rodriguez

    I follow you on twitter of course!

  • http://twitter.com/nella22 Marnely Rodriguez

    I follow Leslie on Twitter

  • http://twitter.com/nella22 Marnely Rodriguez

    I follow Leslie on Twitter

  • http://twitter.com/nella22 Marnely Rodriguez

    I follow Lifeway Kefir on Twitter now!

  • http://twitter.com/nella22 Marnely Rodriguez

    I follow Lifeway Kefir on Twitter now!

  • http://twitter.com/nella22 Marnely Rodriguez

    I like Cafe Terra on FB

  • http://twitter.com/nella22 Marnely Rodriguez

    I liked Lifeway Kefir on FB

  • http://twitter.com/nella22 Marnely Rodriguez

    I added Leslie on FB

  • http://twitter.com/nella22 Marnely Rodriguez

    I follow you on GFC

  • http://juniakk.blogspot.com Junia @ Mis Pensamientos

    apple cider cookies with probiotics! how awesome is that! sending some #applelove to you! i would love to enter, but i don’t eat dairy products, but i’ll add in a vote for marnely! :) hugs*

  • http://bestfoodies.com bestfoodies

    I am loving apple recipes right now and these look so good!  Both sides of the family have been to the orchard and so we have been using apples and cider a lot !  My daughter is into probotics right now so she would like this!

  • Betty Ann @Mango_Queen

    I love Kefir and I love this apple cookie recipe! Thanks for sharing, Terra. I already follow you everywhere! Hugs!

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