Water Kefir

I’ve made milk kefir for a long time now, but this week I am trying water kefir for the first time. If you are looking for the similar health benefits of milk kefir, but want a dairy-free option, water kefir is the next logical step. I have resisted trying water kefir because the culture feeds on sugar and I was worried about how much sugar this would contain, but I understand that the kefir grains feed and consume most of the sugar and create enzymes, B vitamins and beneficial bacteria, and this fermentation process reduces most of the sugar. The end result will be a probiotic beverage that could taste like juice, or it can be fermented further to create a carbonated drink.

I bought the water kefir grains from Cultures for Health and followed their simple instructions. Learn about the importance of eating fermented foods here.

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Ginger, Peach & Kefir Smoothie

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I just started making kefir again, after a long break. Kefir is a probiotic rich drink that surpasses any probiotic supplement that you could take. You can make it with raw organic cow’s milk or coconut milk, as I just discovered. Since I no longer am buying organic raw milk from the local farmer here, I’m switching over to coconut milk kefir. You can buy kefir grains from somewhere like here. You only have to buy them once because you use them over and over again and they even regenerate and increase in size, and then you can give them away to your friends when yours grow too much for your own use.

Anyway, I don’t really enjoy the sour taste of plain homemade kefir. It doesn’t taste anything like the kefir you buy in the store which is filled with sugar and other additives. So, I like to add it to smoothies. I experimented today and came up with this smoothie that was surprisingly really good and filled with superfoods.

  • 1 c kefir
  • 1 c spinach
  • 1 c frozen peaches
  • 1 inch nub of frozen whole ginger (I suggest cutting your fresh ginger into 1 inch pieces, then freezing. Trying to cut while frozen is really hard!)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • 1/2 c coffee (I only added this because it helps with the migraines I’ve been getting during this pregnancy. You can’t even taste it and it’s not necessary if not wanted.)
  • 2 squirts of vanilla stevia

Use a high powered blender to blend. Any regular blender will not be able to blend all the frozen items consistently, as I’ve experienced 🙂 I think that’s why I was never into smoothies until I got a better machine.

The predominate flavor was the peaches and ginger, which was a little sweet and a tiny bit spicy, so I loved it. I think it might be great with some mint added, so might try that next time.

Escarole: My new favorite salad green & Infused water

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I discovered escarole and have been eating it in salads all week. It has a thick curly texture and a great crunch if you are into crunchy salads. I’m loving apples in salad lately as well.

In today’s salad:

  • escarole
  • spinach
  • red onion
  • plum tomatoes
  • red & green chopped peppers
  • chopped apples
  • olive oil & balsamic vinegar
  • sprinkle of feta cheese
  • avocados
  • chopped soft-boiled eggs

Apparently, this is a thing. Infused water. Fancy name for adding squeezed fruits/veggies to water to give your water some taste. Of course I’ve done it with lemons before, but tried some oranges today. I’ve heard that cucumber is good too. Just another tip to try to help you drink more water by adding some variety. We have a nice water filter spout inside our fridge, but it is time consuming to keep filling up a glass, so I thought filling a whole pitcher would help me drink more throughout the day.

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