I have several orange trees at my house so we have a lot of oranges. I’ve found dozens of ways to use oranges and really discovered how much they help me on a daily basis. Loaded with vitamin C and other nutrients they can strengthen my immune system and ward off allergies and are a…

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This recipe is great for winter time when clementines are in season, and your body is needing extra vitamin C to fight off colds and viruses. I love adding clementine juice to coconut kefir. The addition of clementine juice makes a wonderful drink filled with nutrients and tons of Vitamin C. More than half of…

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I came up with this recipe out of necessity. With an over abundance of fruit trees in my new backyard , I had to think of ways to use them. The presence of white grape juice in this recipe provides the sugar content needed for the cultures to consume and make probiotics! It doesn’t hinder…

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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…

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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…

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Having pomegranate juice can maintain a good flow of the blood in the body. Pomegranates have the ability to make blood thinner. Because of this property, it subsequently decreases the risk of heart attack and stroke. Having lots of healthy microbes will enhance all of the benefits from pomegranate juice. It’s a win win making…

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This Kombucha is bursting with flavor. Passion fruit is a little expensive (especially in non tropical areas) but it adds so much flavor to our brews that we splurge now and again. One passion fruit will make four bottles of 2nd fermented kombucha! I like to leave the seeds in while I drink it because…

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I love beets and they’re an incredible food! Drinking beet juice may help to lower blood pressure in a matter of hours. One study found that drinking one glass of beet juice lowered systolic blood pressure by an average of 4-5 points.

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I love this drink for breakfast. It’s light and refreshing and perfect for summer or springtime. It loads you with vitamin C and gets your day off to a good start! You can substitute the orange juice for lemon juice in this recipe. I like to double the amount of orange juice making it 4…

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A pomelo is closely related to a grapefruit. It has the sweetness of an orange and the tartness of a lemon. Pomelo’s health benefits are many and include the ability to boost the immune system, lower blood pressure, reduce cramping, reduce signs of premature aging, protect heart health, aid in weight loss, and boost oral…

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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…

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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…

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Polyphenols are a naturally occurring substance found in grapes and have many health benefits. One of those benefits is they can increase the good bacteria while decreasing the bad bacteria in the gut. This drink is wonderfully refreshing and watch out for extra fizziness!

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The prebiotic fibres found in grapes were shown in a study to help grow Lactobacillus rhamnosus. This good bacteria helps to control E coli and increase the diversity and amount of healthy bacteria in the gut. Watch out, grapes make for super bubbly water kefir.

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This recipe is a twist on our classic Hibiscus Kombucha! We normally use plain teas for our basic brews but the mulling spices and hibiscus petals have worked wonderfully in this first ferment, just in time for the holidays!

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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 minerals.

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The unique gingerbread taste in this kombucha comes from molasse. There are many types of molasses on the market, for this recipe, make sure to use organic blackstrap molasses.It has many health benefits that have been refined out of other types of mollasses, including high amounts of copper, calcium, magnesium and iron. Plus its loaded…

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Sage is one of my favorite herbs. Fresh sage is the most flavorful as compared to dried and the sage plant is beautiful with pretty red flowers. You can use the leaves to make tea, which has been called the “thinker’s tea” and even helps ease depression. So I place them in kombucha to produce…

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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.

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This recipe calls for either raw cacao or cocoa powder. Both are fermented foods. Cacao is made by cold pressing unroasted cocoa beans. This process keeps the living enzymes in the cocoa and removes the fat. Cocoa powder is raw cacao that’s been roasted at a higher temperature. The extra sugar in this recipe is…

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Blood oranges are wonderful and full of unique flavor. They are less acidic than regular oranges and I think they have a raspberry taste that is wonderful in kombucha. Blood oranges also have folic acid and B9 which aids in the prevention of heart disease and cancers. Blood oranges’ red pigmentation contains anthocyanins, which are…

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Lavender has been used orally to treat nervousness, depression and headache, as well as loss of appetite and nausea. It a wonderful flavor in kombucha and quite refreshing.You can make this Kombucha 2 different ways.

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Rosehips are beloved for there sweet fruity flavor and are loaded with Vitamin C ,vitamin A, calcium and iron. In addition, Rose hips are rich sources of bio flavonoids, pectin, vitamin E, selenium, manganese, and B complex vitamins. Rosehips have been used for healing in medicinal form for years. It has said Rosehips have been…

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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!

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If you like strawberries, you will love this water kefir. Strawberries and sage have a unique flavor. I have always loved strawberries and basil, but strawberries and sage might be my new favorite!

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If you like licorice then you’ll love this kombucha. Special spices make it taste just like licorice and it’s super easy and delicious! It’s pretty too!

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You can make this recipe with Pomegranate juice or pomegranate seeds or both! The seeds give the kombucha a delightfully crunchy surprise. If this isn’t to your liking replace with 2 ounces of juice.

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You can make this recipe with pomegranate juice or pomegranate seeds or both! The seeds give the water kefir a delightfully crunchy surprise. If this isn’t to your liking, replace with 2 ounces of pomegranate juice. ~Maci

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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…

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Cranberry juice has many health benefits, including relief from urinary tract infections, respiratory disorders, and kidney stones. It can also help in the prevention of gum diseases caused by dental plaque.

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A pomelo is closely related to a grapefruit. I had a difficult time finding store bought Pomelo juice so I juiced this myself from fresh pomelo’s and it worked great! Just make note that fresh juice usually ferments faster that pasteurized juice. If you can’t find pomelos, you can substitute grapefruit instead.

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A Moscow Mule is a cocktail made with spicy ginger blended with lime juice and garnished with a slice or wedge of lime. It is usually served in a copper mug and served with vodka. We omit the vodka and make a yummy probiotic drink instead. If you REALLY like ginger, try using our Lemon…

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Saffron is actually the dried stigma (tiny threadlike strands) of the crocus flower (Crocus sativus). They are hand picked, and you only need a tiny bit, as saffron is very strong and has many benefits. Saffron is known to help with depression, asthma, arteriosclerosis, cancer, and known to offer menstrual relief. Many people do not…

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Limes, mint, and coconut kefir are a match made in heaven. I don’t think I ever drink Coconut Water Kefir without adding a slice of lime. With the addition of mint, its refreshingly clean taste makes this drink something special.

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This recipe is made using water kefir crystals, which are different than milk kefir grains. You can use them again and again to make a lot of water kefir. We recommend switching back to feeding it with sugar water every couple of feedings. Coconut water can be a little acidic and hard on the grains…

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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.…

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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…

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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!

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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!

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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…

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This is a delightful drink and you can also make it with other types of kefir if you don’t have rice kefir. Horchata is a popular drink and is made many different ways, and in many different countries. Horchata can be made with ground almonds, sesame seeds, rice, barley, tiger nuts, or kefir. Boy is…

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Cherries have many benefits and contain powerful antioxidants. They have cancer-preventive compounds, and they reduce the inflammation risk of gout and strokes. Combine cherries with kefir for a yummy treat. The addition of cocoa sends it over the top on my list of favorite smoothies. If you let it sit a few minutes your smoothie…

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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…

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One of the benefits of rose petals is their high amount of vitamin C. They are known to clear out toxins from the body. They help with digestion and sore throats and they taste wonderful.

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Cranberries contains flavonoids such as quercetin; studies have found it stops the production and release of histamine. Quercetin is a natural antihistamine that helps stabilize mast cells to prevent both the manufacture and release of histamine, as well as other allergic and inflammatory compounds. Cranberries and lemons are very low in natural sugars so I…

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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.

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Water kefir is a beverage favored for both its fizzy flavor and billions of probiotics. It’s a great soda pop replacement and boy is it fun to make! Thanks to its high concentration of beneficial bacteria, adding water kefir to your daily diet could give your immune system a hearty boost. This has a mild…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Fermented rice provides great health benefits. The lactic acid bacteria break down the anti-nutritional factors in rice resulting in an improved bioavailability of micro-nutrients and minerals such as iron, potassium, and calcium by several thousand percentage points. For example, after 12 hours of fermentation of 100 grams of rice, the availability of iron changed from…

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Cranberries and rosemary – oh my!! You’ve gotta try this kombucha. Learn how powerful cranberries are by clicking this link: Cranberries Have Healing Powers

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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…

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This is a yummy, thick, and creamy drink to serve around the holidays or any time. This smoothie has a special prebiotic in it — potato starch. It’s a resistant starch that has huge benefits. You can leave it out if you don’t have it, but buy some later when you can. It will help…

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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…

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I love the flavors in this Water Kefir, but the turmeric is the real hero. Turmeric is a huge anti-inflammatory agent and omega-3 booster. In addition, they are studying its possible role as an aid for prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. You can buy whole pieces of turmeric root in most grocery stores. Ask your grocery…

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Hibiscus naturally lowers blood pressure. Hibiscus tea seems to act like an ACE inhibitor, similar to the blood pressure drug lisinopril. It was tested head-to-head with lisinopril in a small study and found to be about equally effective. (See hibiscus kombucha recipe for more info) Cherries naturally reduce inflammation through a compound called anthocyanins. Adding…

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This is a recipe/tea option for first fermenting your kombucha, although we don’t normally recommend using herbal or artificially flavored 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…

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Elderberry syrup has been used for many years for the prevention of colds and flu. Combined with water kefir you get an extra boost and a crazy delicious drink that you will love, love!

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Matcha literally means “powdered tea.” When you drink traditional green tea, dried leaves get infused into the hot water, then the leaves are removed from the tea. With Matcha tea, you’re drinking the actual leaves finely ground into a powder that dissolves in the water. This makes it a more potent source of nutrients than…

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Elderberry syrup has been used for many years for the prevention of colds and flu. Combined with kombucha you get an extra boost and a crazy delicious drink that you will love, love! Remember: always use good bottles made for brewing.

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Grape kombucha is one of the most popular kombucha flavors. The grapes add a wonderful full rich flavor. In our home we have made many bottles of grape kombucha. I have also had a few bottles explode and hit the ceiling several times. Grapes ferment really well! We now have permanent grape stains on our…

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Cranberry juice has many health benefits, including relief from urinary tract infection, respiratory disorders, and kidney stones. It can also help in the prevention iof gum diseases caused by dental plaque. Cranberry juice kombucha has the added benefit of assisting with liver detoxification. [ko] Remember: Always use good bottles made for brewing.

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Fresh pineapple juice and fruit can ferment too quickly and get a yeasty flavor. Keep an eye on this brew as it can get really fizzy. After you burp your bottle and if it’s fizzy place in the fridge immediately. Always use good bottles for brewing.

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If you want bubbly kombucha, then this recipe is one of the most bubbly kombuchas we’ve ever had. Pumpkin is a prebiotic so it feeds good bacteria, makes it grow and multiply, and makes for lots of bubbles!

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This is an extract that you make and add to the water kefir to produce a coffee flavor. Pretty crazy delicious! Make sure to use good bottles made for brewing.

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Cucumber juice is diuretic, encouraging waste removal through urination. This also helps in the dissolution of kidney stones. Combine this with Kombucha, which helps your live detox, and you have a powerful combo and refreshing drink! Make sure you use good bottles made for brewing.

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This is the perfect drink for the summertime. Fresh basil and yummy blueberries taste fabulous together! Make sure you use good bottles made for brewing.

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Ginger Lemon Water Kefir is light and refreshing and oh so good for you. Ginger and lemon have tons of health benefits that can’t be beat! If you need a quick pick me up in the late afternoon than look no further that this drink. Make sure you use good bottles made for brewing.

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For a more fruity flavoring, use 4 ounces of juice. If you’re concerned about sugar content, use 2 ounces of juice. Make sure you use good bottles made for brewing.

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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.

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I love to top this with fresh coconut. Toasting the coconut is even tastier, but it’s not necessary but is delicious. 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…

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This refreshing drink, made with lemonade and iced tea, was made famous by the golfer, Arnold Palmer. We just switched the iced tea to fermented iced tea, added lemon juice, and oh my, my!! It’s cool and refreshing on a hot summer day. [happypot]

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We dipped the rim of the glass in smoky artisan sea salt for an extra kick. Stick a few spears of fermented celery in this drink and give it even more probiotics!

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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…

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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!

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Strawberries and kombucha are a perfect match. The flavor of strawberries creates one of the best tasting kombucha’s. Add a splash of lemon and serve over ice for a refreshing treat.

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Cucumber juice is diuretic, encouraging waste removal through urination. This also helps in the dissolution of kidney stones. Combine this with Kombucha, which helps your liver detox, and you have a powerful combo and refreshing drink!

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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…

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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!

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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.

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This is my homemade coconut milk. Super easy to make and wonderful for coconut kefir.

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You make this yummy drink by first making a Cucumber Extract. This drink is so refreshing you’ll want to make it again and again. Mint, basil and cucumbers are a wonderful combination.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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…

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This is awesome for Christmas or New Years! The flavors are spiced and just perfect for the winter months! This is awesome for Christmas or New Years! The flavors are spiced and just perfect for the winter months!

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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…

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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.

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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…

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You will add 2-ounces of this root beer extract to 14-ounces of regular kombucha. Then you will let it second ferment.

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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…

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