The great thing about the internet is learning about so many new foods, options, and ideas for cleaner living. While interacting among other families and bloggers who have cleaned up their diets and home, I continue to learn and be inspired to try new things.
One thing I began reading about was Kefir. Now, I had seen milk Kefir at the supermarket, sold by the yogurt, but I wasn’t too sure what all the hype was about.
Was it worth its hefty price?…especially when I read of so many people making their own. Like most things, if it’s cheap and easy to make at home, I’ll go that route. But honestly, the milk kefir simply didn’t intrigue me enough to jump in too quickly. I’ve never been too big on yogurt. It’s a consistency/texture thing for me. I’ve mostly consumed yogurt in smoothies….blend it up with some fruit and some liquid…I’m cool with that.
But when I heard of water kefir, now that caught my attention since people spoke of it as if it was similar to soda (aka “pop” to this Michigan girl). Now, that I had not seen at my local supermarket or else I certainly would have snagged some once I started hearing about it. I really do miss the carbonated beverages like Diet Coke that I used to frequently consume. Now, aside being turned off by the contents of sodas, my body simply doesn’t tolerate them well anymore even when I occasionally consume them socially. I really do love my body’s new radar that tells me when it doesn’t like things that I eat or drink. I’m sure it has been trying to voice its disapproval to all the junk I was feeding it all along, but I certainly wasn’t listening.
So the first question I had to ask myself, “What is this water kefir stuff anyway”?
It’s a bubbly, cultured, probiotic beverage made from live kefir grains. Probiotics are good bacteria that promote good digestive and general health.
Honestly, that sounded like something we could all use around here, particularly the kids. Both have had a history of digestive issues. Though they have greatly improved with our food changes, I’m happy to do what I can to continually improve their well-being in this area.
Our digestive health plays a vital role in our body’s ability to absorb vitamins and nutrients from the foods we eat. When we regularly consume good bacteria from sources like kefir, we help arm our bodies against the toxins that build up within our digestive tract. These toxins can lead to fatigue, disease and other symptoms of poor health.
Aside from the health benefits, this drink is attractive to me since the whole family can drink it, it may satisfy my soda cravings and it can be made in an infinite variety of flavors to please most anyone’s taste.
How can kefir not be a good fit for our family…or any family? I guess I’m on board with this project. But how do I get started?…Stay tuned to find out where we go from here.