Trader Joe’s KEFIR



Heard of KEFIR? Kefir is all the rage in the natural health community. Kefir is a good source of calcium, protein, and is very high in probiotic bacteria. So both high in nutrients and probiotics, it is very beneficial for digestion and gut health.

Kefir is a cultured, fermented milk drink. Kind of like a drinkable yogurt, originally from the mountainous regions that divides Asia and Europe, still Kefir is actually different and unique from yogurt. Kefir is a more powerful probiotic than even yogurt. Probiotics as you know are very important for your digestive system and overall health, and especially your gut health. If you look at the label with a list of all the active cultures and you may notice there are a lot more cultures than usually seen in most yogurts. I recognize the first three L. ones (L. means Lactobacillus) but I don’t recognize many of the other bacteria listed.  The bottle says it contains 12 active (live) cultures. So more diverse bacteria in kefir than in yogurt, equals more probiotics.

I wanted to try Kefir for awhile, so bought this Mango one. Review? Trader Joe’s Whole Milk KEFIR is definitely super tasty! This Mango version is sweetened (with natural cane sugar). Its not too sweet though. They also carry a Strawberry* flavored one which I would buy next time as I would like to try that flavor also. (UPDATE: I bought the Strawberry and it was also good)

Kefir is also supposed to be tolerated better by those who are lactose intolerant. I’m not Lactose intolerant so I can’t say. Normally Kefir is supposedly quite sour and tart. If you didn’t grow up drinking “straight” pure Kefir, it might take you some getting used to it. The drink is quite thick, like a smoothie. In fact, one could probably use this in Smoothies, I bet it would be great.

I’ve been using the kefir also pouring it over my morning bowl of oatmeal, or cereal. Or over some fruit. Its seriously yummy. Even kids might like it. So kefir is both super healthy and super tasty stuff.  A 32 oz bottle sells for $3. If you like yogurt, this is something well worth trying. There is also a Plain Kefir (unsweetened) if you are inclined to try it “au natural”. TJ’s even sells one made from Goat’s Milk (!)

Mango one is rich. I would not drink this a full glass at a time, a little will go a long way. Drink a few ounces, especially till your body gets used to all that extra probiotic healthy bacteria! 

UPDATE: I bought the Strawberry* Kefir and realized that it says LOW FAT. The MANGO KEFIR is made with WHOLE MILK. Whole milk is 4%. Low fat milk is 1-2%.

Nutrition (per 1 cup):  200 Cal. and  4.5 g of sat. fat for the MANGO Whole Milk Kefir. VS 160 Cal. and 1.5 g sat. fat for STRAWBERRY Low Fat Kefir which interestingly also seems to have 1 more gram of Protein per cup serving? Plain Kefir=100 cals (1 cup) So if you want to save some calories get the STRAWBERRY Low Fat Kefir or PLAIN Low Fat Kefir (though the Mango was very tasty!) Honestly, I can’t see anyone drinking it a whole cup at a time straight though of any variety straight, this is a small glass thing, or mix with some ice and a dash of water….

Has anyone tried Plain Kefir version ? Is it really sour or tart? Let us know in the comments.

KEFIR SMOOTHIE RECIPE: In a blender, try 1 cup Kefir, 1 cup of ice, a banana, 1/2 cup of some fresh or frozen berries, tablespoon of chia seeds, drizzle of honey ?

And if you are so inclined try out the Goat Milk Kefir and report in the Comment section as well. I am tempted to try that.




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Simply the #1 Soap for Summertime: Trader Joe’s TEA TREE OIL SOAP

Yes I’ve praised this soap before in an earlier post.teatreesoap1  But I did not mention this.

While the rest of the year I keep a bar of  TJ’s HONEY OATMEAL SOAP in the shower, but come  summertime,  I swap that out for TJ’s TEA TREE OIL SOAP.

Trader Joe’s TEA TREE OIL SOAP  is absolutely the #1 Summertime soap. On a hot day there is nothing that cools me off and refreshes me like washing in cold water with this stuff.  It has a slightly astringent quality of course due to the tea tree oil. That’s what must make it feel so refreshing.

Now, the only  soap that feels even more refreshing than this stuff would be DR. BRONNER’S PEPPERMINT OIL SOAP, which Trader Joe’s does sell as well. But lets face it, that cost’s $10/bottle (Will make another post about this famous stuff, with all the crazy writing all over it)

From a listing on Amazon of ingredients for a bar of the Tree Tree Oil Soap ;

Very Basic, Natural Ingredients
Contains No Laurel / Laureth Sulfates
Cruelty Free – Never Tested on Animals; No Animal Products in Ingredients
Made In Connection With An Upscale Boutique
Comes in Double-Pack (Two 4 oz Bars Per Pack)
Sodium Palmate, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Water, Glycerin, Tea Tree Oil, Sodium Chloride, Pentasodium Pentetate.

also saw this about tea tree oil soap in general:

Tea Tree Oil Soap Soothes the skin with its natural healing properties…

reduces bacteria and inflammation

acts as an antiseptic, antimicrobial, and antifungal.

This would mean you won’t smell as much too!

Two Large Bars of this soap to a pack mean its $1 a bar; WOW! Thats a really good deal for this level of quality health and beauty product. Did you catch that “made in connection with an upscale boutique? in the text above” I bet whoever the original manufacturer really is (any ideas peeps?) they probably sell a bar for $3-4 each when it has their own fancy name on it. But when Trader Joe’s re-brands it under their own label, they can sell for much less (probably the fancy packaging makes it seem worth another $4?! )

Many women use TJ’ TEA TREAL OIL soap in the bathroom basically for the face but trust me, try it in summer in the shower if you haven’t already on the rest of you, too. Its refreshing and feels great and so clean. BUT NOTE: avoid getting it in your eyes (It can sting a bit)

Let me here what you think about this soap for Summer!