Kefir-Quark Recipe Challenge

Happy Friday one and all!  I was contacted by the lovely people at Palm PR again with a recipe challenge.  The ingredient they wanted me to use was a new combination by Bio-tiful containing kefir and quark.


“Kefir-Quark, the is the world’s first combination of bio-live Kefir and high-protein Quark. Bio-tiful Kefir-Quark combines two of the best and most nutritious dairy products, resulting in an abundant list of health benefits and a thick, creamy texture and clean taste.”

I was immediately interested with the mention of Kefir as I have heard about it’s usefulness for gut health.  With having IBD, this could be very beneficial for people like me.   I have seen the odd ‘Kefir cures IBD’ posts touted around which is obviously a load of rubbish – there is no cure for IBD at the moment. I did a little research on one of my favourite, trusted blogs – A Balanced Belly -. and found that Kefir is a form of probiotic and although scientists are still  working to find out their effect on IBD patients, probiotics are generally good for gut health and so won’t hurt.  To see Jenna’s post which is more much scientific and informative than my description above, click here.

I have two great recipes to share with you using the Kefir-Quark which you can find in most supermarkets.

Bio-tiful Kefir-Quark Crustless Cheesecake

Berry and Kefir-Quark Mousse

I got some Kefir-Quark to try and decided to make the mousse recipe.  It was super simple to make with things I already had at home.  A quick tip – I have a bag of frozen berries in the freezer and used these for this.  Love these frozen bags of fruit!  Aldi has all different ones with single fruits or different mixtures in.  No going off really quickly and they are always to hand for times such as this.  They are also great for making smoothies.

My mousse turned out a little ore runny but I think that is because I used too much fruit to be honest.  However, the flavour was lovely and very natural yogurt like, which mixed with the flavour of the fresh berries was delicious.  Definitely something I could eat every day as a probiotic.  Once I have tried the cheesecake recipe I will fill you in over on my social media pages so make sure you are following those!


Thanks for having a read.  If you try either of the recipes let me know in the comments below.  Are probiotics something you use?  After reading Jenna’s post I have discovered that the yogurt based ones I have been using are pretty useless so I am thinking of changing to something else.  Have a fantastic weekend everyone


Thanks to Palm PR for sending these recipes for me to try and the Kefir-Quark.  I made the recipe myself and all opinions are my own


The Spoonie Mummy Reviews – Protein Water Co

With an ileostomy I have to be really careful to keep hydrated.  My large bowel is no longer in use, which is where most of your fluid intake is absorbed.  This means you need an increased fluid intake, as well as increasing your intake of sugar, salt and electrolytes in order to stay hydrated when you have an ileostomy.  Over the years I have also had issues with malabsorption.  This is dependent on which parts of your bowel are affected and can leave you lacking in vital nutrients.  I have previously had issues with not absorbing protein and low levels of potassium which have required treatment in hospital.

I was intrigued to see these protein infused waters on Twitter and thought they would be really good for me, covering the hydration element as well as giving my protein levels a boost.  I contacted the Twitter page for them and spoke to a lovely lady, Jess, and explained my story.  She very kindly offered to send me some to try out and see if they would help.

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I got a bottle of each of the three flavours, Raspberry & Cranberry, Coconut & Mango and Grapefruit & Yuzu. They are 500ml bottles which is a great size and would be perfect for popping in your gym bag or taking on a walk or jog too.  I think my favourite flavour was the Grapefruit & Yuzu (even though I am not sure what a Yuzu is … if anyone knows please let me know in the comments!).  They all tasted nice though, the coconut & mango flavoured one is especially coconutty (is that even a word?!) and the one I am drinking today (Raspberry & Cranberry) is super subtle.

I like the fact that these contain no added sugar as although I am no expert, I know a lot of the protein powders you can get have a lot of rubbish in them alongside the extra protein.  This is also a great alternative for people who don’t like milkshake or struggle with dairy like I do when flaring with my Crohns.  It is made in the UK, contains no added sugar, no artificial anything (sweeteners, flavours, colours, preservatives) and each bottle contains 20g of protein and is 100 calories.  It also was awarded the Best Sports Drink in 2016 in the Food Bev Media Awards.

I have been struggling with little sleep and a bad cold on top of my arthritis flare this week and I do feel like this has given me a boost.  Today I have managed to go out and do a couple of errands and I have taken the dog out for a lovely walk, taking my protein water with me.  After not getting to sleep till gone 3am and waking up with a full bag at half 6, I feel like I should be vegetating on the sofa but I have been able to get these things done and feel like I have a pretty clear head despite being tired.  I will definitely be keeping up with the water and would recommend it to you whether you are looking for something for the gym, or like me, just need a boost to the energy levels. A hit for me, let me know how you get in with it!


Where To Purchase

The Protein Water Co Muscle Maintenance range is available in Boots, Whole Foods Market, Fenwick, Kettlebell Kitchen, HIT Kitchen and independent retailers nationwide.  You can a;so purchase directly from the website –


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Disclaimer – I am occasionally lucky enough to be sent products to try but all reviews are honest and my own opinions