The ideal “weight loss pantry’ is an article series dedicated to uncovering what SHOULD be in your fridge (or pantry) if you hope to lose weight in 2018. So much focus is placed on what you shouldn’t eat if you’re dieting, so let’s check out what you should.

Stock up on: Kefir

Kefir is a fermented milk drink made with a yeast/bacterial fermentation starter of kefir grains.

It has its origins in the West-Asian Caucasus Mountains, where legend has it that shepherds who travelled long distances found that the milk they were carrying would ferment into a bubbly beverage. (They obviously must have had some kefir grains in there with the milk).

Kefir is a really healthy drink, similar to yogurt, loaded with probiotics and yeast extracts. You may think it’s tough to get hold of, but with the appearance of so many health food stores of late, you should be able to get it pretty easily.

Kefir is another tool to add to your weight loss and general health toolkit. Add it to shakes and smoothies, eat it plain (flavoured with fresh fruit, cinnamon and honey) or eat it like cottage cheese. Kefir is also a great source of calcium, and can also help with IBS and some other ailments.

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