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Foodie Friday: Lifeway Frozen Kefir

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Warmer temps outside send me straight to the freezer for something cold and creamy. A scoop of this sweet, frozen find indulges my craving sans sugar and fat overload, with a healthy dose of nutrients to boot.

The product: Lifeway Frozen Kefir ($4.49-$4.99; available at major grocers nationwide)

The taste factor: Get the tanginess of yogurt with a hint of sweet from the strawberry, pomegranate, mango, or vanilla flavors. This creamy frozen treat is refreshing by itself, but mellow enough to top with your favorite add-ons like fresh fruit, nuts, or chocolate chips. Added bonus: The texture stays thick and smooth, even as it starts to melt.

The health factor: This sweet treat's nutrition label ranks it on par with breakfast dairy rather than an ice cream splurge. A 90-calorie, half-cup portion serves up 4 grams of protein—just as much calcium as the same amount of milk—and 10 different probiotics to help digestion and fend off bad stomach bacteria. Plus, if you're looking for a dairy alternative, it's 99% lactose free.

Editor's pick: Original (with a hint of vanilla) was the perfect base for tasty topping combos like dark chocolate chips and coconut, or crushed walnuts and a dash of cinnamon—sweet, tart, and full of flavor.

Why we love it: It tastes like a splurge, but it's healthy enough to go back for seconds, thanks to its calcium and probiotics. Keep this one on hand for when you need something chilled and tasty.

Sarah DiGiulio
Last Updated: April 14, 2011

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