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Chai Spice Kombucha with Blackberries

If you haven’t had chai tea, you’re missing out! It’s a wonderful calming tea and we used the spices in chai to make an incredible drink with kombucha and blackberries. I say “we” because, in truth, this is my daughter Maci’s recipe, as are many of the kombucha recipes in this book. Kombucha is her thing and she comes up with the most innovative recipes, as I’m sure you will agree. Although we didn’t use all the spices in this chai kombucha, we think you’ll agree that this kombucha chai is just as calming as the original tea.

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Orange Soda Kombucha

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 fantastic way to detox the body. You need lots of vitamin C throughout the day, if your dealing with any kind of stress. Oranges and this drink can be the perfect way to get your daily dose!

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Coconut Clementine Water Kefir

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 your daily value for vitamin C is in one clementine!

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Basic Water 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.

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Bubbly Fruit Flavored Kombucha

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.

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Pumpkin Chai Kefir Smoothie

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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SCOBY Smoothie!

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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Jun Kombucha

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?

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Coconut Water Kefir

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 if they’re continually left in coconut water.

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Yerba Mate Tea Kombucha

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!

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Rooibos Kombucha

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

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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Kefir Dog Smoothie!

Warning: May result in a happy dog! This recipe is designed to be a full first meal for a 50-60 pound dog. You can cut it in half or fourths for smaller dogs or double it for larger. You can mix it into regular dog food or serve it alone to add sooo many nutrients into your pet’s life! This smoothie contains probiotics, prebiotics, healing bone broth, anti-inflammatory turmeric, and soothing pumpkin which promotes healthy bowels in dogs.

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Kefir Date Shake

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.

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Grapefruit Mint Kombucha

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.

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Carrot Kombucha

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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Carrot Water Kefir

This has a mild carrot flavor that is so delightful I can’t really describe it. Just trust me you will love it!

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Pecan Milk Kefir

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.

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Pistachio Milk Kefir

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.

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Grinchy Kefir Smoothie

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 .

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Almond Kefir

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.

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Hibiscus Tea Kombucha

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 recipe.

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Pumpkin Juice Kombucha

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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Faux Coffee Kombucha

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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Pina Colada Kefir Smoothie

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 the smoothie.

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Cherry Limeade Kefir Soda

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.

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Three Patriotic Probiotic Smoothies

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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Margarita Kombucha – Strawberry Too!

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.

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Chimp Mint Smoothie

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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Raspberry Kefir

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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Kefir Christmas Soda

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! This soda uses a kefir starter powder package which you can use over and over again.

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Holli’s Morning Greens

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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Peaches and Kefir Smoothie

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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Rejuvelac

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.

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Kombucha Coconut Smoothie

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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Grape Kombucha Granita

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!!

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Root Beer Extract

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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Probiotic Water

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.

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