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You know how when you're on vacation, you allow yourself to indulge in all kinds of sweet and savory treats? I get into this way of thinking when I travel that I can eat whatever I want because I will go back to eating a well-balanced diet as soon as I get home. Well, that's all fine and dandy if it weren't for the fact that I traveled almost nonstop in the month of June...and May and April and March. I stepped off my cruise last week feeling like I had swallowed a lead balloon, and Angeline (who ate Cheeseburgers and french fries every day on eight day cruise) wasn't feeling much better. As soon as we got back home, I went to Winn Dixie to get some probiotics and instead of the usual pill form, I picked up strawberry and blueberry Lifeway Kefir smoothies.
A probiotic AND a breakfast smoothie in one? Yes, please! Let's just say that after not cooking for over a week, I was happy to find a healthy substitute for cooking breakfast! A smoothie that's already ready to go makes getting out the door to have fun during the summer so much easier!
Winn Dixie had a few varieties of Lifeway Foods, but I stuck with the Lifeway Kefir 32oz Low Fat Cultured Milk Smoothies in Strawberry and Blueberry because we already enjoy those flavors in our smoothies regularly. Of course the low fat was a definite plus, as my pants are fitting a tad bit too tightly for my liking after eating chocolate cake for dessert for seven days in a row...
I appreciate that Kefir offered traditional flavors that I don't have to talk Angeline into trying! They have Strawberry and Blueberry, as well as Strawberry Banana and Raspberry.
We are so used to taking probiotics that when we don't...well, lets just say that it has a negative effect on our digestive systems. We have had such a busy summer, full of travel, spending time with friends and family at the beach and on the boat; we really can't afford to let anything slow us down, least of all our digestive system!
Can you imagine if my mom called and invited us to go to the beach and we had to decline with, "Sorry, mom, I am too bloated to go to the beach today!" We would miss out on so much summertime fun!
I learned about Lifeway at a blog conference a few years ago and have tried a few of their products off an on over the years. I can always easily find the Lifeway Kefir Probiotic Smoothies in the dairy aisle at Winn Dixie in between the milk and the yogurts - Lifeway Kefir is a cousin of yogurt, with a smooth and tart taste that is really refreshing, especially on hot summer days! Lifeway Kefir is referred to as the “Champagne of Dairy" and I am inclined to agree! Lifeway Kefir has 12 live and active probiotic cultures that support the immune system and balance your digestive health, so you can skip the pills and just drink your breakfast smoothie and kill two birds with one stone!
Lifeway Kefir 32oz Low Fat Cultured Milk Smoothies are also pretty healthy and allergy-friendly! They are naturally gluten-free, 99% lactose-free and have no artificial sweeteners. They're also rich in calcium, which we all know is especially important to growing teenage girls!
One of the things that really stands out about Lifeway Kefir 32oz Low Fat Cultured Milk Smoothies for me personally is that I don't have to worry about the ingredients. While my husband and daughter aren't concerned with eating all-natural whole foods, I do try to eliminate as much processed junk from our family's diet as possible.
While we do eat things on occasion that aren't all-natural, I am so happy that Lifeway Kefir smoothies are made with milk from grass-fed cows and are GMO free! The milk used to make these smoothies comes from cows that were not given pesticides, antibiotics or synthetic growth hormones. That means that I can let Angeline drink all she wants and I don't have to think twice about it!
Because it's summertime, y'all. The only thing we should have to worry about is how we are going to spend the long, lazy days of summer...on the beach, at the park or enjoying any of the other wonderful things summertime has to offer!
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I haven't tried Kefir before but I'm always hearing good things about it. I know that bloated feeling too well monthly, so I'm thinking it doesn't hurt to give it a try!
I've never heard of this product before, but I love it and definitely want to try it. I think it would make a really yummy snack. My kids would enjoy it also. Thanks for the insight on something new to me!
Love Lifeway! I've been hooked on their strawberry kefir since I met the brand at BlogHer 11.
Tammy Litke (@threedifferent)
Looks like your summer (and spring) has been full of fun! I know what a havoc traveling can put on a proper eating routine, especially when one is on press trips and doesn't have control of the menu. My daughter is lactose intolerant and we always have a bottle of Lifeway Kefir in the fridge for her. The Mango flavor is her favorite.
Robin (Masshole Mommy)
I love smoothies in the morning to get my day started. They are light, but filling, too!
Lindsey @ Redhead Baby Mama
We don't have lifeway in the south, but I have seen these Kefir drinks. I would like to try a few and see how they taste!
I have never heard of this brand! It sounds good. And the water looks beautiful!
I LOVE Lifeway Kefir! I give it to my daughter and she thinks it's a smoothie! Looks like you are having a fun summer!
Stacey - Seattle Mom Blog
I have been reading so many great things about kefir lately! I am going to have to try this.
I have heard of Lifeway Kefir, but I haven't tried it yet since it has dairy in it. I'm lactose-intolerant, so it would have a reverse effect on me. However, I have heard nothing but good about this brand! Hopefully, they'll come out with a dairy-free option in the future. 🙂
I've never tried this product. I will keep it in mind for the future!
I drank Kefir a lot as a kid. We could only get it from one health food store. I love that it's so readily available now.
Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings
I started drinking kefir a little while ago, and it had definitely made a difference for me!
I haven't heard of these, but I am all for an easy breakfast already made for me! I need to look for these the next time I go shopping.
Chrystal @ YUM eating
Love the photos! I did a review for Kefir a few months ago. The stuff was amazing! And so filling. It took me a few days to finish the bottle.
Jessica (Savory Experiments)
Yummy! I always have some sort of a shake or smoothie for breakfast at work in between patients. I'll be sure to pick some up and give it a try. Looks like your cruise was fabulous!
Looks like a good healthy choice. I have been seeing quite a few blogs about it
I have yet to try it, but I think I'm going to do it soon. Why not? YOLO
I am going to have to find these Kefir Smoothies! They look so delicious!
I haven't tried these but I have heard great things! I wonder if my local store has them!
TerriAnn @ Cookies & Clogs
Well I'm glad she wasn't too bloated – it seems like she had a great time. I haven't tried anything with Kefir yet but this sounds yummy!
Danielle @ We Have It All
I've been seeing so much about these Lifeway Kefir drinks. I've never tried them but I'd like to pick some up and give it a shot.
Never heard of them before. I do like smoothies. Will keep on the lookout.
These smoothies are just delicious! Perfect for breakfast and no bloating all day!
Never heard of this brand but now I am super interested! 🙂 Love to try new things!
I like that it's something you can let the kids drink at will, without worry. And you're right, summer worries should just be fun ones. 🙂
I have heard there are many benefits to eating Kefir. I love that this product is a convenient way to get Kefir into your daily routine!
Jeanine @ sixtimemommy.com
I've never heard of this before! Sounds good though and like something i would like and really benefit from!
Carly from The Puzzled Palate
I really need to grab some next time we are at the grocery store! We love making smoothies!
I got to try the Kefir products too, and I Was really impressed! I loved the flavor and consistency!
I'll have to give these a try! I'm always looking for great drinks on the go! Thanks for sharing!
I tried different flavors of this before. I'm still adjusting to the flavor but it's not too bad
I've never heard of this brand, but it sound delicious. Cute outfit by the way.
Marina @ Mommy Snippets
How tasty looking! I love smoothies. This looks great.
This looks really yummy. I am going to have to head to our local Winn Dixie and pick some up
Cassie @ Southeast by Midwest
I've never heard of Lifeway Smoothies. They look delicious though 🙂
cam | bibs and baubles
That water looks gorgeous!
I haven't tried Kefir. I see it all the time. I need to give it a go.