First of all, I have a serious love for fermented foods, probiotics and KEFIR milkshakes. I am so thankful I have passed down my obsession to my 3 kids! Kefir smoothies are a big deal in my family and it has become a regular drink for us. My kids beg for it and love to help me make it. Our littlest tike screams at the top of his lungs if he sees you drinking it. Lately he has dominated my glass of Kefir milkshake so I now give him his own. Not only can kefir taste delicious but it’s benefits are out of this world…. MAGICAL.
In my opinion, Kefir is one of the strongest probiotics that you can get your hands on. It contains a variety of strains of live bacteria that you need to fight off infection and stay healthy. In addition, it contains vitamins that you need such as vitamin B12, calcium, magnesium, vitamin K2, biotin, folate and enzymes. Not only can kefir boost your immune system but it heals, fights and helps with symptoms associated with seasonal allergies, IBS, candida overgrowth, digestion problems and so much more. It also supports and helps your body detox. Is there anything it cannot do? I think not.
I inherited my kefir grains from my very good friend Monica. Getting grains from a friend is always the best option when you are wanting to start your venture with fermenting BUT there are also other options. I have heard of ‘meet up’ groups that swap grains or Scoby’s (kombucha) and you can also order your grains online from a reputable source. I always let my Kefir ferment for at least 48 hours if not longer. I enjoy more of a sour taste. The longer you let it ferment the more sour and chunkier your milk will become. I know lots of people that ferment for only 24 hours which works too. The longer or shorter fermentation will not affect the potency at all of your kefir, just the taste! Regularly, I cannot drink or eat any dairy because of the adverse side affects BUT since this is a fermented milk AKA “predigested milk,” my body (especially my intestines) LOVE it.
Serves 3-4 people
2 Cups of organic frozen strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries
1 1/2 Tablespoons of Organic cane sugar
3-4 Handfuls of organic Baby Spinach
Step 2: Add frozen fruit, cane sugar, and spinach. Blend! You can never add too much spinach. Sometimes, I add more spinach after I blend everything together the first time and blend it again!
P.S. Do Not touch the Kefir with anything metal, it will compromise the integrity of your grains.
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