The recent heatwave has meant that we’ve been having fruity ice lollies as an afternoon snack to help us cool down. I’ve been mostly making these with weak squash, but to mix things up a little I’ve made a few batches of kefir ice lollies using Lifeway Kefir.
Lifeway Kefir is America’s leading kefir manufacturer which has recently launched in the UK. Kefir is a live and active cultured milk smoothie with a tangy taste and a creamy consistency, a bit like a drinkable yogurt. It’s just the thing for an on the go breakfast or for a snack for children.
Kefir is considered to be a good source of probiotics (healthy bacteria) and calcium. There’s a really good article on the health benefits of kafir on the BBC Good Food website if you want to know more about it.
Lifeway Kefir is currently stocked in all Booths supermarkets in the North West and is currently available in four different flavours; plain, strawberry, blueberry and mango. We were sent some samples to try, and with the weather being hot, the first thing I did was make some kefir ice lollies. These kefir ice lollies are about the simplest thing you could possibly make, seriously.
Kefir Ice Lollies
You will need:
1 250ml bottle of your favourite flavour of Lifeway Kefir
Ice lolly moulds
How to make your Kefir ice Lollies:
Shake your bottle of Lifeway Kefir and pour equal amounts of the kefir into your ice lolly moulds. Carefully place the moulds in the freezer and let them freeze for at least 4 hours. It might take longer depending on the size of your moulds.
The kefir ice lollies can cheerfully stay in your freezer for up to a month. When you are ready to eat them; pour a mug of hot water, dip your lolly mould into it for 10 seconds and that helps release the lolly from the mould. You are now free to enjoy your lolly.
If you enjoy yoghurt I think kefir will float your boat. It appeals to me as a mum because it’s handy to have a few bottles in the fridge to cater for kids tummy rumbles over the summer holidays. We liked the range of flavours, though the blueberry and mango flavours were by far the most popular among my crew. I think they’d be great over cereals too.
My son often has to take antibiotics and we’ve been advised to give him probiotic drinks to help top up the good bacteria in his gut. These Lifeway kefir drinks are just the kind of thing we would give him to drink each day. They’re tasty, they’re healthy and they make darn good ice lollies!
You can find Lifeway kefir in selected Booths stores.