Want to add more friendly bacteria to your digestive tract? Then this homemade probiotic kefir cream cheese should be part of your arsenal.
I love Kefir (fermented yogurt) for its health benefits and drink it almost daily.
Ever since I introduced this amazing superfood to my diet my occasional heartburn, and what remained of my acid reflux issues completely went away.
I have never been a cream cheese lover per se, but when butter became the villain and margarine (yuk a molecule away from plastic) was the “healthy option”, cream cheese seemed like a pretty ok choice. Ummm spreading some of that cheesy goodness on a piece of toasted anything was always a good alternative. However, conventional cream cheese is no longer even an ok choice.
Because unless it clearly states from grass-fed milk or pastured it is made with GMO ingredients, preservatives, stabilizers, and additives which aren’t a healthy option.
Worse yet non-organic cream cheese lacks Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a naturally occurring dietary fatty acid which is crucial in helping our bodies burn fat, but there are way more benefits to CLA we ever thought of.
Why This Kefir Cream Cheese is Healthier Than Conventional
Research indicates that CLA from grass-fed beef (and dairy from it) is more beneficial than ever thought. Here Dr. Mercola’s detailed article explains:
A host of research has been conducted on animals, under microscopes, and with humans to determine the impact of CLA on disease. Results have shown CLA to be a potent ally for combating diseases, such as cancer (including breast cancer ) Cardiovascular disease, High blood pressure, High cholesterol and triglycerides, Osteoporosis, Insulin resistance, inflammation and of course aids in fat burning. Read the full article here.
It is also sourced from milk raised in (CAFOs) Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, You do not want meat, dairy or anything from these animals and should avoid it as much as you can. You may read more about CAFOs vs free range meats and dairy here.
We don’t want any of these foods in our bodies. And that is why I make this nutritious, full of live probiotics spreadable cream cheese for my family. If you’re going to eat cream cheese this should be the way to do it.
Yes, I know, you could always buy organic cream cheese at the store but why not add millions of friendly bacteria to your lovely gut by making kefir cream cheese at home?
It tastes so much better than store-bought cream cheese, plus you know you are adding top-notch live bacteria to your gut. Fresh, homemade, and delicious.
What Are The Health Benefits Of Kefir Cream Cheese?
Kefir is loaded with micronutrients like fats and proteins, and micronutrients like vitamin B, vitamin K, and folic acid.
According to bodycology, Milk kefir is predigested. This means that the beneficial microbes (bacteria and yeast) in milk kefir have broken down the milk proteins and also consumed most of the milk sugars. The finished product is a creamy, tart beverage that is easy to absorb and supports your overall wellbeing. 
Additionally, you can say goodbye to acid reflux or GERD , indigestion, and most digestive issues when you drink kefir and anything made from kefir (butter, cheese, cream, flavored kefir). Furthermore, you’ve heard that optimal health begins in the gut right? Well, natural probiotics like this probiotic kefir cream cheese will be introducing billions of healthy bacteria such as u are protecting your entire immune system.
Here is the recipe to make both Kefir and Kefir Cream Cheese
Home made Probiotic Kefir Cream Cheese
- Finished Milk Kefir
- Cotton bag or cheese cloth for making cheese
- plastic strainer this is what I use
- How to Make Kefir Cream Cheese
- Once the whey has separated about 1/4 inch from the kefir use a cheesecloth to strain it so you can separate the whey from what will become soft cheese.
- Hang above a jar or bowl and drain off whey for 12-24 hours.
- You'll need the plastic strainer to put the cheesecloth over it and a glass bowl to collect the whey.**
- When the kefir is no longer dripping, wrap the cheese in the cheese cloth or whatever you use to drain it and place it in a colander.
- You may place a semi-heavy object to help drain the whey faster.
- Once the whey has drained the end result will be a delicious and nutritious probiotics filled spreadable cheese.
If you are daring enough add the whey to your homemade lemonade to make a probiotic lemonade like I do. 😉
Have you tried Kefir, kefir cheese or have you made it before? Did you like it or what would you change? I’d love to hear your experiences below.