[Listen] Julie Smolyansky, CEO of Lifeway Foods, on Nourishment, Quarantine Kefir Recipes, and More

This week’s digital content is sponsored by our friends at Lifeway Foods, the leading US supplier of kefir. Kefir is a cultured dairy drink with protein, vitamin D, and 12 live and active probiotics, which may support a healthy digestive and immune system. Show your guts some love with Lifeway Kefir! 

Welcome to the Daily Distance, a new daily series from the creators of #WeGotGoals. In these short episodes, we’re bringing you one daily goal you can set for yourself during this chaotic time- one actionable thing you can do to move your body, connect with a friend, prioritize your mental health, get some work done, and practice a little bit of self-care. 

Today, Kristen chats with a familiar podcast guest—Julie Smolyanksy, CEO of Lifeway Foods, whom you may remember from this past #WeGotGoals episode. Julie shares how she’s prioritizing her health during the pandemic, and she surprises Kristen with several unexpected uses for kefir in your quarantine recipes (one word: prosecco. Six words: not as weird as it sounds). She also shares her wealth of knowledge on the intersection between gut health and brain health, as well as what fascinating findings are being discovered in that area.

Want more Lifeway in your life and your kitchen? Join us on Thursday, 4/16 at 6pm CDT for a smoothie social hour! More details here.


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About Kristen Geil

A native of Lexington, Kentucky, Kristen moved to Chicago in 2011 and received her MA in Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse from DePaul while trying to maintain her southern accent. Kristen grew up playing sports, and since moving to Chicago, she’s fallen in love with the lakefront running path and the lively group fitness scene. Now, as a currently retired marathoner and sweat junkie, you can usually find her trying new workouts around the city and meticulously crafting Instagram-friendly smoothie bowls. Kristen came on to A Sweat Life full-time in 2018 as Editor-in-Chief, and she spends her days managing writers, building content strategy, and fighting for the Oxford comma.