I am not big into sweets but when I am, I want ice cream. Which is unfortunate given I am lactose-intolerant. Irregardless, when the sugar pangs strike, sometimes (against my better judgement) I give in to temptation. Followed quickly by a debilitating stomach ache and a slew of self deprecating comments about my inability to control myself. I finally relented that this would just be a cyclical (monthly) part of my life, until I was introduced to “the one”. Upon starting my new job I was assigned a mentor (someone I could cry to when needed, I presume) who asked to take me out for ice cream to get to know each other. Visions of calling in sick on the FIRST day were dancing in my head as I searched in the depths of my mind to find a way out of this. My mentor, blissfully unaware of my internal torture, casually suggested Starfruit. “It’s like healthy, dairy-free ice-cream,” she explained. EUREKAAAAA! “Yes, I think that sounds lovely!” — said no one but that’s what I was thinking.
And that is when my torrid love affair began with this tummy-friendly delicacy. It is the perfect combination of sweet and tangy and when paired with any one (or more) of their wide variety of toppings (including healthy fruit options), you can pretty much guarantee nirvana. Well, at least that was my experience. This is truly a crowning moment for those of us whose bodies refuse to properly digest dairy. But even if you are one of the lucky folk who can eat anything, I suggest you give it a swirl (get it?)!
Frozen kefir can also be purchased at your local grocery store and to make this tale even sweeter, it’s only 90 calories per serving. And just to make sure my facts are correct, it is actually 99% lactose-free (which is as good as dairy-free in my book).
More on Starfruit and Lifeway Kefir
Lifeway’s Starfruit Cafe is a new, healthy, probiotic breakfast & dessert alternative. It serves custom kefir parfaits, smoothies and frozen soft-serve kefir with delicious toppings like fresh fruits, berries, granola and much more. All Starfruit treats are made with 99% lactose free Lifeway Kefir, which contains seven to ten billion CFU’s (colony forming unit) of twelve live and active, probiotic cultures per cup instead of the two or three typically found in yogurt. Probiotic cultures encourage the growth of good bacteria in your digestive system. They also care about the environment! All of their cups, plasticware and paper goods are all biodegradable and compostable.