Water Kefir: a Delicious Probiotic Beverage


| 10/26/2016 1:24:00 PM


Tags: water kefir, kefir, fermentation, lactofermentation, probiotics, Kelsey Steffen, Idaho,

 

This time of year our family likes to bulk up on probiotics. With cold and flu season underway, we’ve been taking a proactive approach by upping our fermentation game through our diet. By eating a variety of fermented foods, we’re increasing our probiotics, this way we don’t have to rely on a flu shot to keep us healthy. We do this by adding fermented foods to each meal and sipping on probiotic beverages throughout the day.

To see just how simple this can be, here’s an example of what we eat in a typical day (BONUS: link includes a delicious, gut-friendly recipe for a coconut milk smoothie).

What is Water Kefir?

Hands down, our favorite probiotic beverage is water kefir. We think it tastes the best and it’s also the easiest to make at home! Never heard of water kefir? Sure, it’s not as well known as Kombucha, but definitely rising in popularity as the new kid on the block. You may have seen it in grocery stores under the label “Kevita”. Water kefir is made from kefir “grains” (which aren’t grains at all, but tiny colonies of bacteria and yeast) that look like little clear clusters of cauliflower. These grains feed on sugar and in return, produce a carbonated and lacto-fermented beverage containing gut-friendly probiotics.

When buying from the grocery store, you can expect to shell out close to five bucks per bottle, not a luxury I can afford every day. But for the cost of 3-4 bottles of store-bought water kefir, you can make it from home, indefinitely. All you need are kefir grains, some organic sugar, and a cozy half-gallon jar that your grains will call “home”.

Better yet, kefir grains often grow and double in size, making a wonderful gift for your “fermenty friends." Once you have your grains, you’re ready to begin.


mikyb58
12/12/2016 2:59:17 PM

My question is can i substitute honey for sugar as i am sure i am not getting REAL organic sugar from my local grocery ( dont have a health food store near by)




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