Lifeway Low Fat Kefir Review

Having been a member of Influenster for almost three years now, I have had the awesome opportunity to receive select products for testing and reviewing. The products they send to me can be quite varied – from beauty products, to toiletries, and even dish soap. I have found some of my favorite brands via Influenster, so I am very grateful to be included in these promotions when they come around!

I received a notification from Influenster last month that I would be receiving a coupon for a special “in store” food product – meaning that rather than sending me the actual product, they would be sending me a voucher to go pick it up at my store (due to spoilage reasons). I was excited, as the preliminary email made it sound like a healthy food item, and anyone that knows me knows that I love shopping healthy at the grocery store!

The coupon arrived a week or so ago, for a single Lifeway Kefir product. My original reaction was saying this aloud in my head, but that’s really more of a story on how truly weird I am.

From the Lifeway website:

With seven to ten billion CFU’s of 10 strains of bacteria, plus ProBoost, our exclusive pair of clinically proven probiotics, Lifeway Lowfat Kefir balances your body’s ecosystem and supports digestive health and immunity – that’s 12 live and active cultures per cup. Plus, it’s an excellent source of calcium, protein and it’s 99% lactose free. Lifeway Kefir is a creamy and delicious yogurt-like smoothie the whole family will enjoy.

During my next trip to the grocery store, I found the Kefir product “aisle” (it was more of a two foot area in the refrigerated organic section at Heinen’s) and snapped a pic on my Instagram.

One of my bestest Twitter buddies, Adina, replied to the photo, advising me that Kefir is actually a staple in the Russian diet (I had no clue!) and that it tasted a bit like Greek Yogurt. Seeing this reply, I decided to try the Madagascar Vanilla flavor of Kefir, as it seemed like a “safe” trial flavor.

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I used the coupon, and headed home. That evening, I decided to have a quick “sip” of the Kefir product, and poured it in a glass over ice.

… Okay so maybe in hindsight that wasn’t the best decision.

gotitfrominfluensterThe Kefir product is very thick and was almost laughable to try to “drink” with ice – it was slow moving in the glass and I felt rather ridiculous with my head facing the ceiling for so long trying to get the mixture from the glass. But – the taste was great. Very similar to Greek Yogurt as I’d been told before. I slurped up the rest of the cup (veeeery slowly) and figured my next test would be more thought out.

The next morning, I mixed a 1/2 cup of Kefir into my morning Shakeology. Delicious! The flavor was not overwhelming in the shake, but added a nice thick, creamy texture to the mixture. Later that evening, I was eager to try another method, so I mixed another 1/4 cup of Kefir with a few tablespoons of granola I received in my first NatureBox (review on that coming soon!) – pure heaven! This was by far my favorite way to enjoy Kefir – the texture was smooth and creamy and went perfectly with granola.

I plan on trying a few more combinations before my supply runs out, and I’ll be sure to pick up some more Kefir at the store when I get back.

Looks like I found yet another favorite brand, thanks to Influenster!GradeA

 

Full Disclosure Disclaimer: I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

xoxoshannon