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Probiotic intake is one of the cornerstones of traditional foods, but many kids balk at the zip and tang most probiotics have. As a mom, I’ve found many creative ways to get large and small amounts of probiotics into my kids. This was critical while we were all going through gut healing and we continue with consuming probiotics daily now that we have healed. While some of these ideas don’t represent a large amount of probiotics at one time, little bits here and there definitely add up. Here are some easy ways to get probiotics into kids while disguising the zing.
You can hide yogurt, water kefir, apple kefir, dairy kefir and whey in smoothies. You can even put in a small amount of cultured cream. To see our smoothie recipe, check our Often Used Recipes eBook.
Make a cream cheese substitute out of dairy kefir or dairy/coconut yogurt that you have drained until it is thick. Place the kefir or yogurt in a coffee filter or tea towel-lined strainer and refrigerate. Allow it to drain for 48 hours or until thick. Use this as a substitute for cream cheese in any unheated dip recipes. The leftover liquid is whey.
Whey in Drinks
You can easily hide a couple of tablespoons of whey in watered-down juice if you haven’t weaned your kids off of the juice habit yet. You can get whey from kefir or dairy/coconut yogurt as described above.
Add a bit of chopped up LF pickles into your egg salad, tuna salad, potato salad or deviled eggs. Or chop up a tablespoon or two of LF carrots, stir in just enough salad dressing to coat and sprinkle into a green salad, making sure to distribute it evenly.
What are your favorite sneaky ways to get probiotics into your kids?
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