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Grapefruits have not only vitamin C but also Vitamin A. A diet high in vitamin A and fiber can fight off the effects of seasonal allergies by boosting your immune system. The fiber in the fruit gives your gut bacteria the fuel they need to make short-chain fatty acids, which help control any allergic reactions. Meanwhile, the vitamin A helps those same fatty acid cells continue to function properly. My daughter came up with this super easy recipe when she wanted a superfast smoothie. She had an abundance of grapefruits from my grapefruit trees so she squeezed some of the juice into her kefir and voila! Delicious and the easiest way to get your morning kefir.
Water kefir is a great replacement for soda pop. There are many beneficial bacteria and yeasts present in the water kefir crystals. These special probiotics metabolize the sugar, making it a bubbly effervescent drink that is loaded with over 14 different probiotics along with extra vitamins and minerals too. Your water kefir crystals can change in color due to the sugar you use or if you add molasses or another mineral.
There are two things that determine how bubbly and how fast your kombucha will be done. Temperature in your home will determine how fast your kombucha ferments. 75 80 degrees will ferment much faster - it can be done in just a few days, while temperatures in the 60's can take several weeks. You'll need to check the bottles often to make sure they don't explode. To make sure your kombucha is bubbly, you’ll need to make sure your kombucha is not too sour or overly vinegary tasting. It needs to eat the sugars to make the carbonation - if all the sugar is gone, it will have nothing to eat to make the natural carbonation. It is best to make your batch when your kombucha is just a tiny bit sweet and not overly sour. To see more info, refer to this blog. My Kombucha is Not Bubbly Always use good bottles made for brewing.
If you like iced coffee then you'll love this recipe. Cold brews takes away any bitterness that you can find in coffee. This is a concentrate so you'll mix it with part water when you're ready for a glass. You'll have extra so you can store it in the fridge and have delicious iced coffee in a snap.
This is a wonderful recipe (Ginger Shot) I got from "The Juice Master," Jason Vale. He talks about how it got rid of his hay fever so I tried it and it works wonders when pollen is everywhere and your immune system needs a boost. I love this recipe and use it often.
Apples are rich in quercetin, a flavonoid with anti-inflammatory properties. In a study done in Crete, the study researchers found that people whose diets incorporated apples as a staple had greater protection against both allergies and asthma. This is a delicious and easy soda to make combining apples and ginger. Ginger has huge anti inflammatory properties that can help you greatly with a myriad of problems! You can make this soda in a couple of days and your kids will love it!
The flavor of gingerbread comes from blackstrap molasses, ginger and spices. This water kefir doesn't disappoint. Always use blackstrap molasses as opposed to regular molasses as it supplies minerals. Cultures and your body love love minerals.
One of my favorite smoothies. It has a secret ingredient (chai tea bag) that gives it loads of flavor. Don't forget the topping. It will have you eating more pumpkin because of the deliciousness.
You can use this "bug" as a starter culture to make fermented ginger soda. Ginger is powerful medicine. Check out this blog. Ginger Soda – Delicious Medicine for Your Body
You can make any of your favorite smoothie recipes and add 1/4 cup of SCOBY purée (or more) to it for a thicker, slightly tangy twist! Works great with kefir smoothies, too!
Traditional "Jun" is said to be a completely different culture than kombucha. Jun is made with honey and green tea. There are some who believe it is just a hybrid of the traditional kombucha SCOBY. In any case, this is our kombucha version of Jun and to learn more check out this blog: Jun! New Culture or Honey Kombucha Hybrid?
This is an alcohol-free cocktail that is based on rum extract, kombucha, coconut kefir, and fruit juices. It's refreshing and a great summer drink!
This mimosa mocktail is simple, full of probiotics, and full of vitamin C!
Get your dose of two types of probiotics in this delicious cocktail! Veggie probiotics and water kefir, too!
You can culture your first batch and then use a portion of this to make it many times over. This coconut water kefir gets very cloudy and this is normal.
This recipe is made using water kefir grains, which are different than milk kefir grains. You can use them again and again to make a lot of water kefir.
There are many health benefits to yerba mate tea and it is revered in the tea world as an energy booster. Many who are sensitive to caffeine say that even though yerba mate is high in caffeine they don't get the side effects like they might from coffee. It is an acquired taste for some. So if you are nervous about this recipe, make a half batch and cut every ingredient in half (except the SCOBY). Try this fun tea as a new base for your already delicious kombucha!
Jasmine pearls create a lovely floral flavor with your brew. We like it so much we rarely second ferment it!
White Tea is a delicate tea and will create a very mildly sour tasting brew. Although you normally only brew white tea a few minutes, make sure that when using it for kombucha you brew it for at least 10 minutes. This will ensure the appropriate amount of tannins are in the brew to produce a healthy SCOBY.
Rooibos tea is well known for it's health benefits. It is said to promote healthy digestion, assist with weight loss and build stronger bones to name a few. Turn it into kombucha and you get even greater benefits, plus it is naturally caffeine free!
Green Tea Kombucha is light and wonderful. It has a milder flavor than black tea, is lighter in color and has less caffeine. Green Tea has been said to increase the metabolism and improve cardiovascular function as well. Green Tea Kombucha is even more beneficial with good yeasts and probiotics!
Dates are packed with vitamins and minerals, but one of the most interesting things about dates is the presence of organic sulfur in them. This is a really hard element to find in a food source. Sulfur is incredibly important and is the third most abundant mineral in the body. Sulfur is essential for life and makes up vital amino acids used to create protein for cells, hormones, enzymes, and antibodies. It's necessary for insulin production and sulfur detoxifies at the cellular level. It also relieves pain and makes for beautiful skin and hair.
When I was a little girl my dad loved grapefruits so much he bought special grapefruit spoons and knives that has edges to cut the grapefruits with. I developed a great love for grapefruits and during the month of April and May I try to have a grapefruit or its juice each day. I like to use bottled juice with this recipe because it gives a better, less strong flavor and doesn't cause explosions. If you do use fresh grapefruit juice, only ferment 2-5 days.
This kombucha is super bubbly and loaded with antioxidants and lots of vitamin A. I think carrots are something special and that we should include them in our diets as much as possible. I love the flavor of fresh carrots. Nothing shouts, "Get back to your roots!" quite like carrots.
This has a mild carrot flavor that is so delightful I can't really describe it. Just trust me you will love it!
When making non dairy kefir, you just need to be sure the non dairy milk has eight grams of carbohydrates to give the bacteria something to eat. It takes the sugars and makes it into probiotics for you. You don’t get the sugar but instead lots of healthy probiotics. If it doesn’t have eight grams of carbohydrates than you can add one teaspoon of date paste, or raw sugar, per quart. I have placed the recommended amounts for Pecan milk in the recipe below.
When making non dairy kefir, you just need to be sure the non dairy milk has eight grams of carbohydrates to give the bacteria something to eat. It takes the sugars and makes it into probiotics for you. You don’t get the sugar but instead lots of healthy probiotics. If it doesn’t have eight grams of carbohydrates than you can add one teaspoon of date paste, or raw sugar, per quart. I have placed the recommended amounts for Pistachio milk in the recipe below.
Top with goji berries or a crushed organic candy cane for extra color and flavor. Fresh whipped coconut cream is yummy too.
Spirulina is optional in this smoothie, but it has many benefits. It's considered a superfood made from all-organic and all-fermented ingredients. Spirulina, quinoa, millet, brown rice, chickpeas, and seeds have been fermented with live, naturally-occurring beneficial microflora. All of the nutrients in this amazing food are predigested and are easily utilized by the body. Use Super Spirulina Plus daily to help naturally detoxify your body, maintain a healthy weight, and boost your energy. Check out my store to find the product .
When making non-dairy kefir, you just need to be sure the non-dairy milk has at least 8 grams of carbohydrates to give the bacteria something to eat. It uses the sugars and creates probiotics for you. You don’t get the sugar but instead you get lots of healthy bacteria. If it doesn’t have 8 grams of carbohydrates, then you can add 1 teaspoon of date paste or raw sugar per quart to give the bacteria food so it can make probiotics.
This is a recipe/tea option for first fermenting your kombucha, although we don't normally recommend using herbal or floral teas as a base for kombucha. The plain dried Hibiscus flower works great alongside green or black tea and creates a wonderful fruity flavor much like a natural version of kool-aid! Kids, especially, love this recipe.
Stick a few spears of fermented celery in this drink to give it prebiotics!
My daughter Maci says this is the most bubbly kombucha she has ever made. It's crazy good, too!
This is a great alternative for those who don't drink coffee. It tastes similar to coffee and is quite delicious. This may brew faster depending on the temperature in your home.
I love to top this with fresh coconut. Toasting the coconut is even more tasty, but I never do this. I'm always in a hurry and hungry and can hardly wait to eat this yummy smoothie. If you don't have coconut kefir, no worries. Use regular kefir and add some extra shredded coconut to the smoothie.
Cherries they are powerful medicine and yet no one ever talks about how incredible they are for you. Cherries are rich in antioxidants and work to eliminate by-products of oxidative stress, which slows down the aging process. They also have the antioxidant melatonin, which helps regulate the body’s sleep patterns, making you more rested. All this in the little cherry! Add lots of fresh cherries to your glass for a pretty presentation and extra flavor. You can also tweak this recipe and make this into a delicious limeade. See instructions at the bottom of the recipe.
Sometimes we make things too complicated when it comes to the holidays and tend to rely too heavily on familiar old, unhealthy foods from our past.
This 4th you can make one or all of these delicious probiotic and patriotic smoothies for some healthy holiday fun!
This 4th you can make one or all of these delicious probiotic and patriotic smoothies for some healthy holiday fun!
You really should eat more strawberries. They're filled with antioxidants, have tons of vitamin C, and they can even help whiten your teeth and keep your breath fresh! Strawberries are one of my cup a day fruits. I eat them almost everyday. We have a farmers market here that sells them and I swear they taste like candy! This strawberry drink is one of my favorite afternoon pickups! You can try two different ways to make Margarita Kombucha's. The strawberry is my favorite.
Green smoothies are such a great way to start your day. How else would you get 1-1/2 cups of spinach for breakfast? Make a smoothie!
Researchers have found that raspberries contain a phytonutrient called rheosmin, or raspberry ketone. This can raise metabolism in our fat cells by increasing enzyme activity, oxygen consumption, and heat production, thereby burning fat rather than storing it. Eat your raspberries!! You can add granola for an extra topping.
Consume lots of ginger if you have hay fever or allergies. It works so wonderfully, you'll be amazed!
This is my Christmas flavored kefir soda that's super bubbly. The fruit adds extra food for the culture, which gives you extra probiotics too. This bottle can be used as a starter for many more bottles. See instructions below. Watch my video on this soda and see it explode!
You can make all kinds of juices and add cultured veggies or kombucha to the juice. The combinations are endless. Stay tuned - we are going to be adding a lot of juice recipes to my Biotic Pro membership site.
Fresh juices make the fizziest kombucha! If you don't have a juicer this is an easy way to make fresh juice for your kombucha.
Here is how you make kombucha the wonder tea! Scroll through all my pictures, and take a look at the day-by-day slideshow on step 11. Check out my timelapse video too! Happy fermenting!
When making non dairy kefir, you just need to be sure the non dairy milk has eight grams of carbohydrates to give the bacteria something to eat. It takes the sugars and makes it into probiotics for you. You don’t get the sugar but instead lots of healthy probiotics. If it doesn’t have eight grams of carbohydrates than you can add one teaspoon of date paste, or raw sugar, per quart. I have placed the recommended amounts for walnut milk in the recipe below.
This is one of the first recipes I made almost every day when I first started with kefir. I used regular cottage cheese and then later on I learned to make kefir cottage cheese, which makes this smoothie really creamy and rich.
I probably make this smoothie at least once a week for my husband, Ron. It's one of his favorite smoothies. I add a scoop of Vitality Supergreen to give him extra goodies and probiotics.
Researchers in Germany found that microbes love the microscopic fibers in coffee. These soluble coffee fibers are food for bacteria and make the beneficial Bacteroides microbes experience up to 60% increase in growth. Soluble fibers, which are prebiotics, do so many things. They improve insulin sensitivity, allow you to absorb more calcium, convert some plant fibers into Vitamin A, and much, much more. This is the same recipe you would use when you are making regular kombucha except you use coffee instead of tea. It gets super bubbly! Once you use your scoby for coffee kombucha, you can't use it again in regular kombucha tea.
This is awesome for Christmas or New Years! The flavors are spiced and just perfect for the winter months!
This is a wonderful drink that is loaded with B vitamins. Our bodies need a large amount of B vitamins to keep our adrenals running strong. Getting them from food is one of the best ways to get them, however you need good gut bacteria to absorb them. This drink can provide you will both good bacteria and B vitamins. This drink can also be gluten free made with quinoa instead of wheat berries.
This smoothie is made with Greek yogurt which is food for bacteria in your gut. It's important to eat different types of cultured foods because they have different strains of bacteria in them which enhance the bacteria that live inside of you.
Coconut milk adds an incredible richness to hot chocolate, as well as a delicious and smooth taste
Grapes are full of Vitamin C, potassium and even calcium. Grapes have compounds with antioxidant properties called flavonoids. Flavonoids are a diverse group of phytonutrients (plant chemicals) found in almost all fruits and vegetables. Like other phytonutrients, flavonoids are powerful antioxidants with anti-inflammatory and immune system benefits. Grapes are great for you!! You will love this cool treat in the summertime. As you spoon into the tart Kombucha you get a burst of sweet flavor from the grapes. Yea its good!!
You will add 2-ounces of this root beer extract to 14-ounces of regular kombucha. Then you will let it second ferment.
This is such a wonderful healthier replacement for regular root beer.This may seem like a lot of sugar but it is an extract and you only use a small amount which the yeast and bacteria will eat to convert to co2. Remember the sugar is for the microbes to eat and not for you. So you get the taste of root beer without tons of sugar. Click on the words, "Root Beer Extract" to find the extract recipe.
Really refreshing and unusual. This drink used to be served to the cowboys or field hands on a hot day to quench thirst. It's meant to be served icy cold. You can substitute over-fermented kombucha (that is more on the vinegary side) for the apple cider vinegar.