To give you a little background on what kefir is I’ll let Lifeway describe it for you. “Kefir is a cultured probiotic beverage similar in taste and texture to drinkable yogurt, and made from milk fermented with kefir cultures. Originating over 2000 years ago in the Caucasus Mountains-where many people live well over 100 years - kefir has been associated with a long list of health benefits.” From what I was told from my friend, it’s originally a drinkable tangier cousin of yogurt with a lot more positive health benefits.
Lifeway Frozen Kefir : Mango, Dulce de Leche, and Pumpkin
Back in early 2011, Lifeway decided to produce the first version of kefir that you could find in your grocer’s freezer. Originally they started out with 4 basic flavors; Original, Mango, Strawberry and Pomegranate. After their initial success, they expanded their line to include more dessert varieties with Dulce de Leche, Chocolate and Pumpkin. (2015 Note: All the dessert flavors are gone! Basic lineup now includes a coconut flavor)
Each of their frozen kefir varieties feature all-natural ingredients and 10 probiotic cultures. Each flavor has only 90 calories per serving, 1 gram of fat per serving and is 99% lactose-free as well as gluten-free. As you can see this stuff is like frozen yogurt on steroids. Those stats are fine and dandy but mean nothing if their product doesn’t taste good.
For my first review, I’m going to review the flavor that interested me the most and that would be the (discontinued) Pumpkin Frozen Kefir. Pumpkin is a seasonal flavor for most companies but in my opinion should be a year round flavor. I get cravings for crust-less pumpkin pie all the time so it’s nice to see a company feature it in their normal rotation.
Opening this one up, the kefir is a pleasant orange but looks to have sunken in the pint a bit.
I still find myself being a bit let down with the lack of predominant spices though. I decided to sprinkle a little pumpkin pie spice on the kefir to see what would happen. That was a good idea because it instantly turned this into the pumpkin pie flavor I had originally hoped for. There’s not much of a complaint from a texture standpoint. The best way to describe it would be that it was slightly less creamy than your normal frozen yogurt but I was fine with it. From here on out to eliminate redundancy, unless noted the texture among these are all very similar. Lifeway is off to a good start with this one.
Verdict? A more pure pumpkin flavor that’s great on its own but is improved with added spices
Buy Again? Definite yes
Verdict? Pretty much a frozen mango smoothie
Buy Again? Without a doubt
Last but not least is the (discontinued) Dulce de Leche Frozen Kefir. I’ve praised Dulce de Leche enough times on this blog. I’ll save you all the introduction and get right to the product. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a bit hesitant in trying this one. There’s just something about tartness and caramel that doesn’t sit well with me.
Verdict? The tartness ruins the overall caramel flavor
Buy Again? Nope
I would just like to thank Lifeway for giving me the opportunity to try out their products for free. There will be two more installments of their products in the near future. Next up will be a couple of their (discontinued) Greek Froyos and after that will be one of their products from their Probugs line.