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The Seeds That Love Your Gut


“ Fruits doesn’t fall far from the tree but their seeds can go places and wherever they go by their virtues they leave their traces.” Indira Mukhopadhyay

strawberry kefir parfait 2For years I’ve been trying to find something to naturally thicken kefir without heating it and adding gelatin. I wanted to make it thick like pudding, and adding chia seeds seemed to work well; but there was a better answer and it was a probiotic’s best friend.  The prebiotic psyllium husk makes the good bacteria in the gut grow like crazy.  It has a myriad of health benefits and all you do is add a spoonful to thicken your kefir, creating a whole new world inside your gut.

lowers cholesterol and helps to regulate blood sugar

Years ago I heard about this special fiber – psyllium husks – made from the seeds of the Plantago ovata plant. It helped people in my family who had chronic diarrhea and also helped others who were constipated. I wondered how it helped with both, but this was before I knew about probiotics and prebiotics and never investigated to find out why. Psyllium is a soluble fiber (prebiotic) which supports the bacteria in your colon. It is a bulk-forming laxative, which means it soaks up water in your gut and makes bowel movements much easier. It also lowers cholesterol and helps to regulate blood sugar after eating, according to studies cited in a report from the Institute of Medicine. 

thickens kefir like pudding

psyllium husksAdding a small teaspoon to my kefir thickened it in about 20 minutes, and when I consumed it I felt full for hours on end. Now I use it in all kinds of recipes to add prebiotics to my diet and to support the bacteria in my gut. It makes the world inside of me very happy. It has lots of fiber and really no flavor, so you can add it to all kinds of dishes that need to be thickened without heating it and killing the probiotics. It’s gluten free and great for all kinds of diets including vegetarian, vegan, or paleo.  You can buy it at most grocery stores, pharmacies, and health food stores. There are many brands and besides being called psyllium husk, it is the main ingredient in these products: Metamucil, Cilium, and Fiberall. I highly recommend you add this prebiotic to your diet. Your gut will thank you!

Here is a recipe that my daughter Maci created. This is a wonderful way to have kefir that is thick like pudding.

Strawberry Kefir Parfait (How To Layer Kefir)
You can change the fruit to blueberries or any other yummy fruit of your choosing.~Donna
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  • 1cup Kefir
  • 1/2tablespoon psyllium husks
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 dropper Liquid Steviaor you can use honey to taste
  • 1/2cup strawberries
  • 1/4cup granolayou can use your favorite brand or make your own
  1. Blend kefir, psyllium husk, stevia or sweetener, and banana in a blender.
  2. Let chill for 10-15 minutes in the fridge. It should be fairly thick like yogurt. .
  3. Layer the kefir, strawberries (or other berries), and granola in a glass or jar. You can eat right away or you can save for later. The granola slightly softens, but it still tastes great!
16 Responses to "The Seeds That Love Your Gut"
  1. Donna I want to thank you for giving me the information and courage to make kefir with the grains i got from you. My husband and I drink this everyday. I also make it for my 86 year old mother. I had been wanting to ferment my own vegetables for a very long time but was afraid of the process and did not have a good understanding of it. When I somehow happened on to your website I was amazed at how you explained making kefir and cultured vegetables in a way that gave me the confidence to try. I have tried and have been successful! Thank you so much for your information and the friendly way you show how to do things. Your light shines through in your videos.

  2. Thanks for this and the tips about growing it! I can barely afford groceries, so I am also into growing my own food and even foraging, so really appreciate this great info, which I will surely use it if I can ever can my grubby little hands on some kefir grains to trade or barter! Gardening is very spiritual and satisfying, great exercise, plus I love having organic, fresh food by saving select seeds and sending a small message to the Monsantos of the world who are not only pushing GMOs but trying to control the seed supply by buying up all the seed companies worldwide! If all the sheeple would wake the flock up and realize we can all make a statement that will be heard by eliminating a useless patch of resource hogging, chemically treated lawn, and planting a small garden, a few pots of veggies, or even your own sprouts instead of feeling like impotent victims of these greedy, power hungry liars! Sorry for the rant but it is terribly disturbing that a sickening chemical company is in charge of our food supply and so many are clueless as to their real agenda!
    What I really wanted to share was another cool natural thickener called glucomannan powder (not the pills) that also has health and medicinal properties! I love it for all kinds of things in the kitchen, it also thickens upon sitting, needs no heat and will totally be totally smooth and transparent in any dish. Google it, it is awesome too! It is made from the konjac root used to make Japanese shirataki (or miracle noodles), the non-caloric pasta that also creates satiation because of it’s absorptive properties in the gut. It also acts as an effective prebiotic…. http://www.nutraingredients.com/Research/Prebiotic-effects-of-konjac-get-control-trial-boost

  3. Please tell me where I can get kefir and psyllium whole husks! I would love to try this myself and a friend. I’m new at this and just not sure about a few things. Thanks!

  4. I love the kefir breakfast pudding recipe, but the chia seeds had an odd effect on two of my children. Would the recipe work as well to use psyllium husk?

  5. This is really similar to my usual breakfast … except I never thought of it as pudding :). Before fermenting entered my life, a friend talked me into feeding my colon with potato starch. I got some Bob’s and started adding it to my usual yogurt and psyllium husk breakfast. I put a heaping tsp of each powder in my breakfast bowl, stir them together well, then add yogurt and stir that up really well, then toss in some fruit.

    Now that I am also fermenting, I often use fruits I’ve fermented in kefir whey. I especially like the hot, tart kick that fruit kimchi gives the the sweet, creamy, pudding stuff.

  6. Thank you so much. I have diverticulitis. Several surgeries. This is a treat for me! It really balances things in my gut. Can’t wait to share info.

  7. I don’t make my own milk kefir (I’ve tried, but ended up killing the grains and have too many irons in the fire to try again, but I do water kefir, which is good, but still prefer Kombucha), but have put psyllium husks in my store bought kefir before, usually if I run out of yogurt. I have been putting psyllium husks in my yogurt for a couple of years now. It really works great for stool, but not sure about the lowering of cholesterol. It is tasty, though. My son also swears by it. At present, I also put flaxseed in my yogurt along with raspberries or blueberries (fresh or frozen). I add in a little ashwagandha powder and wheat grass. It does get a little thick, so I pour in some kombucha and stir that. Not pretty, but tasty…wheat grass is an acquired taste. It does fill one up for nearly the whole day. I’ll have to try adding in the chia seeds.

  8. I love milk kefir, but I stopped drinking it because the ilk give me a lot of mucous. Do you have any suggestion what I can do? I would love to drink it again.

  9. I planted both kinds of Plantain in my garden because of this reason (the seeds) and other medicinal reasons. It is thought of as a weed by most people, but it has medicinal properties, so…………thanks for the recipe, Donna. I will surely use it. I have been making a lot of kefir cheese to thicken it. This approach will open up lots of possibilities. Thank you again!

  10. Donna, just wondering if you have gone “natural” and taken psillium from the plantain in your yard (if you have one)… Plantain has two forms: Ribwort (long, slender leaves) and the broad leaf (which produces psillium seeds along a central seed stalk).

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