100 lb. Club - Kefir, anyone tried it?




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Rainbowgirl
09-05-2011, 08:57 PM
So, as part of the 17 Day Diet, Dr. Moreno suggests drinking kefir (keh-fear) as one of your probiotics. He gives a decent smoothie recipe for it and everything. You can buy kefir grains (for Canadians, I found mine in the "Natural Foods" section of Super Store for ~$3; makes 6 L) or you can buy it already made (usually in the yogurt section).

It's a fermented milk drink that is slightly thicker than milk and tastes a lot like buttermilk.

I'm wondering if anyone else has tried it - liked it - and has some good recipes for it?

Cheers!


Madame Souza
09-05-2011, 09:05 PM
I like it! It's good and sort of sour like buttermilk. The stuff I got was thick and it seemed to thicken up as the week went by. I end up thinning it down with fat free milk towards the end of the carton. I never cooked with it though.

LittleBlueCat
09-05-2011, 09:16 PM
I like it! It's good and sort of sour like buttermilk. The stuff I got was thick and it seemed to thicken up as the week went by. I end up thinning it down with fat free milk towards the end of the carton. I never cooked with it though.

Where did you find it at? Which store? I've looked at Walmart and Kroger's, and haven't seen it there...
thanks --


laynapage
09-05-2011, 09:17 PM
I have tried it a couple times in different flavors, it kind of has a weird taste that you have to get use to!

Madame Souza
09-05-2011, 09:21 PM
I live in a rural California area where we have some nice local dairies that supply our stores. I think I got it from Olivers, which is also a local gorcery store.
Do you have a Trader Joes? I know they have it. Otherwise, if you can find a health food/ organic food store, I bet they'd have it.

LittleBlueCat
09-05-2011, 09:27 PM
I live in a rural California area where we have some nice local dairies that supply our stores. I think I got it from Olivers, which is also a local gorcery store.
Do you have a Trader Joes? I know they have it. Otherwise, if you can find a health food/ organic food store, I bet they'd have it.

ahhhh.... There are a couple of Trader Joe's in Indianapolis, IN. Which is over an hour away.... I will try to look at local/health stores...

So do you just drink it straight up?

Thanks!

Rainbowgirl
09-05-2011, 09:29 PM
You can drink it straight up - if you like the buttermilky taste. It's not bad that way, but I think I would prefer it in a smoothie with some berries and maybe a hint of Splenda or even sugar-free jam.

Madame Souza
09-05-2011, 09:31 PM
Yes, I just drink it but like I said, it is sort of butter milky, which I like. Most people I know do not like the taste of butter milk.
You can get fruit flavored ones but they are a little higher in calories. I haven't tried the flavored ones.
Rainbowgirl- Good idea about the smooties!

LittleBlueCat
09-05-2011, 09:33 PM
You can drink it straight up - if you like the buttermilky taste. It's not bad that way, but I think I would prefer it in a smoothie with some berries and maybe a hint of Splenda or even sugar-free jam.

Nope... I don't think I care much for Buttermilk, straight up... But a smoothie? That sounds much better! Would you just use Kefir instead of yogurt in the smoothie? Or would you just use ice to thicken up the consistency?

I think I'm ready to try Kefir, heard so much about it. I now just need to find it in our local store :D

LittleBlueCat
09-05-2011, 09:34 PM
Yes, I just drink it but like I said, it is sort of butter milky, which I like. Most people I know do not like the taste of butter milk.
You can get fruit flavored ones but they are a little higher in calories. I haven't tried the flavored ones.

I don't think the extra calories would worth it. So splenda and some berries sounds good, don't it? Can't wait to try it! Thanks!

Madame Souza
09-05-2011, 09:40 PM
If you freeze your fruit before you put it into a smoothie, it thickens it without watering it down.

LittleBlueCat
09-05-2011, 09:51 PM
If you freeze your fruit before you put it into a smoothie, it thickens it without watering it down.

Good point! How did I forget that? I'm expert in making peanut butter banana shakes. But can never get the berries flavor ones right... what's the ratio of fruit to yogurt/kefir/milk do you use?

Smiling_Sara
09-05-2011, 09:52 PM
I have and it's ok.

I know it's good for you, and helps keep you regular, so that is why I use it.

I usually put half cup soymilk and half cup kefir with some frozen fruit and protein powder and blend

NCchickie
09-05-2011, 10:04 PM
I love it! I don't think it tastes like buttermilk.
I think it tastes like liquid yogurt, only better!
I haven't been making room for it in my calorie count lately, though, and kind of forgot about it. Maybe I'll get some this week.
All the grocery stores around me carry it.

Rainbowgirl
09-05-2011, 10:11 PM
Kefir smoothie:
Mix 1 cup kefir with 1 cup of frozen unsweetened berries, sugar-free fruit jam, and 1 tablespoon flaxseed oil. Blend until smooth.

I'm trying it later this week; should be yummy.

LittleBlueCat
09-05-2011, 10:15 PM
You all are awesome! Thanks so much for sharing good things about Kefir. I'm gonna go ask around work folks if they know where to find it here in the middle of nowhere :D

Rainbowgirl
09-05-2011, 10:17 PM
Littlebluecat - try your local Craigslist listings. I've found a ton of ads there. The prices are more expensive than what I paid in the store though, but if you can't find ready-made kefir OR the grains, that is an option. You can use the grains forever, almost.

puneri
09-05-2011, 10:27 PM
ahhhh.... There are a couple of Trader Joe's in Indianapolis, IN. Which is over an hour away.... I will try to look at local/health stores...

So do you just drink it straight up?

Thanks!

I live in Louisville KY. do you know the name of the store?

puneri
09-05-2011, 10:29 PM
So, as part of the 17 Day Diet, Dr. Moreno suggests drinking kefir (keh-fear) as one of your probiotics. He gives a decent smoothie recipe for it and everything. You can buy kefir grains (for Canadians, I found mine in the "Natural Foods" section of Super Store for ~$3; makes 6 L) or you can buy it already made (usually in the yogurt section).

It's a fermented milk drink that is slightly thicker than milk and tastes a lot like buttermilk.

I'm wondering if anyone else has tried it - liked it - and has some good recipes for it?

Cheers!

I am also following 17 DD

LittleBlueCat
09-05-2011, 10:44 PM
Littlebluecat - try your local Craigslist listings. I've found a ton of ads there. The prices are more expensive than what I paid in the store though, but if you can't find ready-made kefir OR the grains, that is an option. You can use the grains forever, almost.

First, thanks for the craigslist idea. But I couldn't help and smile, when the search brought up nothing :D I don't really live in the middle of nowhere. It's a nice size town. We have couple colleges here. But evidently still, small enough not to have our own Target store, or Traders Joe's, or finding Kefir on Craigslist... it's ok. I'm used to this. I have to to to Indianapolis on Thursday anyways. I'm gonna jog down the couple different Trader Joe's addresses, and see if I can 'swing' by and check them out. I'm also in search of Shirataki noodles, that I've heard Trader Joe's carry as well...

How are you doing on the 17 day diet? And can you tell me a bit about it?

puneri - the ladies tell me they find it in Traders Joe's. And/or local grocery/health store.

Rainbowgirl
09-05-2011, 10:47 PM
First, thanks for the craigslist idea. But I couldn't help and smile, when the search brought up nothing :D I don't really live in the middle of nowhere. It's a nice size town. We have couple colleges here. But evidently still, small enough not to have our own Target store, or Traders Joe's, or finding Kefir on Craigslist... it's ok. I'm used to this. I have to to to Indianapolis on Thursday anyways. I'm gonna jog down the couple different Trader Joe's addresses, and see if I can 'swing' by and check them out. I'm also in search of Shirataki noodles, that I've heard Trader Joe's carry as well...

How are you doing on the 17 day diet? And can you tell me a bit about it?

puneri - the ladies tell me they find it in Traders Joe's. And/or local grocery/health store.

I haven't officially started yet. I just got groceries today for it and I'm having one last binge-fest (bad, but meh).

Tomorrow is my official start date.

The plan is 68 days broken into four 17-day cycles. The first is apparently the hardest to get through. Low calorie, low fat, low carb, low sugar, high protein, high veggies.

I offered some info here: http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/4020571-post10.html late last night. :)

LittleBlueCat
09-05-2011, 10:58 PM
I haven't officially started yet. I just got groceries today for it and I'm having one last binge-fest (bad, but meh).

Tomorrow is my official start date.

The plan is 68 days broken into four 17-day cycles. The first is apparently the hardest to get through. Low calorie, low fat, low carb, low sugar, high protein, high veggies.

I offered some info here: http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/4020571-post10.html late last night. :)

Thanks for the link. It sounds quite reasonable. Don't look too restrictive. A lot of common sense, such as "low" in everything :D I wish you lots of luck. I'm gonna read up about it.

I did the same thing, before starting a new diet. "Binged" so the 175 is when I decided to start a new diet, but actually, after the binge, my true starting weight was more like 177 :D

By the way, love your avatar. Love Hello Kitty!!