Superfoods Campaign – Kefir
Hello Gator Nation! Have you followed us on our social media pages yet? Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, @UFatWork. Join us as we begin our social media superfoods campaign and recipe competition! At the beginning of each month, we will introduce one superfood that we will be focusing on throughout that month. We’ll provide you with daily health facts about the benefits of the superfood, and interesting ways to incorporate the ingredient into your diet. We encourage you to try the superfood of the month, and create a recipe using the ingredient or add it to a dish you already love. Share the recipe and dish with us on social media by hashtagging #UFSuperfoodCampaign to be entered into our contest for a chance to have your recipe posted in our weekly newsletter and win a gift card!
Our superfood of the month is… Kefir! Kefir is a cultured, fermented beverage that tastes similar to a yogurt drink. Kefir is not as well known, however it is more powerful probiotic than yogurt! Next time you go to the store, grab some kefir, try it and let us know what you think! So where did kefir come from anyways?! Kefir originated in the North Caucasus (Eastern Europe and Russia) where it was made by adding kefir grains to cow, goat, or sheep milk. The word kefir is derived from the Turkish word “keyif”, which means “feeling good” after eating. #UFSuperfoodCampaig
- So have you started adding kefir to your daily diet yet? If not, here is a reason why you should: kefir can improve bone health and lower the risk of osteoporosis! Full-fat kefir is a great source of calcium, but even more – it contains vitamin K2, which plays a central role in calcium metabolism. Supplementing with K2 has been shown to reduce your risk of bone fractures by as much as 81%!
- Need some inspiration on how to incorporate kefir into your diet in ways other than just drinking it from the bottle? Try straining it through a cheesecloth or coffee filter overnight (to allow the whey to drip out). The next morning you will have thicker, creamier kefir that can be spread on pieces of bread or crackers! Try it out and show us your spread creations! #UFSuperfoodCampaign
- Although yogurt is the best known probiotic food in the Western diet, kefir actually is a much more potent source. Kefir contains up to 61 strands of (good) bacteria and yeasts, which results in a very rich and diverse probiotic source.
- Did you know that enjoying kefir regularly has been associated with benefits for blood pressure, cholesterol balance, and blood sugar management? If you haven’t added kefir to your diet, what are you waiting for? #UFSuperfoodCampaign
- With spring right around the corner, that also means that allergy season is about to pop up. Although more studies need to be done, in animal studies, kefir has been shown to suppress inflammatory responses related to allergy and asthma. Will you try kefir to see if it helps with allergies?
- Need another inspiration on how to use kefir in recipes? We got you! Make an easy swap by using kefir in place of mayo or yogurt for pasta salads and such. Share a pic with us if you decide to try it out! #UFSuperfoodCampaign