Kefir pronounced ‘Kee-fur’ originates from the Turkish word ‘keif’ meaning good feeling. Kefir is enjoyed as a milk drink, with or without dairy, and is akin to slightly fizzy pouring yoghurt. By drinking kefir, your youngster will instantly reap the rewards of its wondrous good bacterial mix, nutrients, and anti-inflammatory properties. Kefir will support and build your little one’s gut health and super charge their immune system. It is much better tolerated by the digestive system than other dairy products and so even those with a dairy sensitivity may do well on this gorgeous white nectar. This slightly sweet strawberry kefir will be a big hit with your kids and is an easy and yummy way to keep them healthy.
If you are strapped for time you can easily buy delicious ready-made Kefir from your local health food shop and even some larger supremarkets. It is however extremely easy to make using a few Kefir grains which you can buy online. It is totally worth the tiny effort required to make it, and I will show you how in this blog. Kefir is by far the simplest, economic fermented food to make and is a great easy and effective solution to support your child’s gut health and immune system.
You only need to buy kefir grains once as the added bonuses of using kefir grains is that you can keep reusing them over and over again. They do grow and multiply over time, so you can also share them with friends and they can then start to make their own kefir. You don’t even need to rinse the grains in between batches. In fact, you shouldn’t ever rinse them as this will get rid of the kefrian surrounding the grains, which is the healthy bacteria that helps protect against harmful bacteria.
All you need to do is to add the little “cottage cheese like” kefir grains to fresh creamy full fat organic milk. Simply leave this kefir mixture sitting on your kitchen worktop over-night and wake up to your own lovely fizzy kefir, ready for you to enjoy with breakfast. Fizzy and slightly sharp-tasting, kefir is not an obvious kid’s food but blend it with strawberries and honey you are on to a winner.
So let’s have a quick round up of the wonderful benefits of Kefir and why it is one the most potent and simplest ways of looking after your little one’s immune system and gut health.
A Fantastic Source of Nutrients
Kefir is rich in nutrients that help support a healthy immune system including protein, calcium, vitamin B12, riboflavin, magnesium, vitamin D and phosphorus. Kefir also contains a wide range of bioactive compounds.
A Powerful Probiotic
Kefir provides approximately thirty strains of bacteria and yeasts, making it one of the most powerful fermented foods that aid in supporting good health, digestion, mental clarity and well-being. It also aids in stopping the growth of harmful bacteria and protecting against infections. It is a far more superior source of probiotics and good bacteria than even the best yoghurt.
Kefir helps restore the balance of healthy bacteria in the gut, vital in creating and maintaining your child’s healthy microbiome, the critical balance of the gut’s good and bad bacteria. Kefir provides nourishment for your little one’s digestive system and will assist in resolving tummy and digestive problems.
I do hope you will give kefir a try and experience the amazing benefits by incorporating it into your family’s every-day life. We enjoy kefir as a milky yoghurty drink on its own or we mix it with fruit and seeds in smoothies, and we even use in bircher-style oats.
Here’s a quick guide on how to make your own. You can try it on its own but this strawberry and honey kefir is a real hit with all ages and a good way to get your kids started with kefir!
- 1 cup Organic Full Fat Milk Try cow, goat, coconut milk or nut mylks
- 1 teaspoon Kefir Grains
- 1 teaspoon Honey
- 6-8 Strawberries
- Take one cup of full fat organic cow or goat milk and one teaspoon of active kefir grains. You can also use good quality pure coconut milk, or nut mylk for those wanting to keep this dairy free. We love Plenish nut mylks.
- Combine in a clean glass jar, cover the jar with muslin or a paper towel and secure with a rubber band.
- Leave the milky kefir mixture on your kitchen worktop to ferment for twelve to forty-eight hours at room temperature and away from direct sunlight.
- When the kefir has started to bubble and fizz then it is ready, so strain it through a plastic sieve, using a plastic spoon (metal seems to kill the fermenting process, so always use plastic).
- The kefir can be eaten immediately or you can store it in the fridge in a clean glass jar for 3-4 days.
- You then reuse the kefir grains and start the process again in a clean glass jar with fresh milk.
- When you are ready to drink the kefir, blend the strained kefir with honey and strawberries in a high speed blender, and drink out of a glass like pouring yogurt.
Here is more information on Plenish Nut M*lk which we recommend if you want to make Kefir for your 100% dairy free child.
Hi lucinda is this suitable for kids on dairy free/casein free if you use coconut milk
Hi Rita. Yes you can use coconut milk to make kefir and then you can add the fruit and honey to make a yummy dairy-free drink.
How often would you suggest this to be consumed ? (My daughter is 5)
Hi thanks for your message. If she likes it, Kefir can be given every day either on its own or mixed into a smoothie or cereal. She can easily consume 100-200ml daily, but you would probably want to build up from 1-2 teaspoons. It can also be given ad hoc depending on her gut and immune function. I hope this helps. Lucinda
I’m hoping the kefir is good for ulcerative colitis?
The Chuckling Goat Kefir is 100% lactose free. Would this be the same if I made my own from shop bought goat milk and Kefir grains? Would it need longer to ferment to reach 100%? It would certainly be much cheaper!!
Hi Jemma. You cannot guarantee 100% lactose free with homemade kefir however it is very low in lactose and its health properties is may make it possible to improve lactose intolerance. It is worth giving home made a try as it is so much cheaper. L x
I am looking for a dairy free, gluten free, sugar free ice cream recipe for my son. Can this kefir be turned in to ice cream?
Or do you have any other good ice cream recipes?
Hi Sureka. Kefir can be frozen and made into ice-cream and you would need to make coconut or almond kefir to keep it dairy free. Here are two more recipes your son might like: https://naturedoc.com/recipe/baobab-tropical-sorbet/ or https://naturedoc.com/recipe/raw-raspberry-banana-icecream/ Many thanks Lucinda
Can you make up a couple of litres of this drink and store in the fridge and consume over a 3 to 4 week period. Thanks
You can and it probably stays fresh in the fridfge for a fortnight> However in reality you are making new kefir every day when you are feeding your grains rather than one big batch.