When I say the word "Kefir" it is typically followed by a puzzled, quizzical stare on the part of my listener and the question, "What is that!?!?"quickly follows...
Kefir is a cultured dairy drink made by pouring organic raw milk over Kefir grains and allowing them to work their magic for 24-30 hours at room temperature...when the mixture is coagulated, the process is complete. The next step is to strain the "Kefired" liquid off of the grains -return the grains to the mason jar -refill with fresh milk and start the process all over again (I am simplifying but, the process is easy). The resulting liquid is called "Kefir"- a cultured dairy drink that is packed with immune building probiotics, vitamins and minerals -powerful for protecting against and fighting diseases of all kinds!
The list goes on and on but a few highlights are:
Liver Disease, Gallbladder Stones, lowers cholesterol, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Pancreatitis, Ulcers, Candida, stops the growth of cancer cells, Eczema, Inflammatory Diseases, Heart Disease, Acne, regulates the bowels, Migraines, morning breath, naturally detoxes the body and is tolerable to those who are "Lactose- intolerant"...
For more information go to: http://www.yourkefirsource.com/
If the thought of growing your own kefir sends you to the "OH MY GOODNESS-WHAT AM I GETTING MYSELF INTO ?!?!?" PLACE...
Have no fear October is almost here!!!!
Mid-October, Jordan Rubin will launch his new company, Beyond Organic!
Beyond Organic is a food and beverage company with it's focus on absolutely amazing food -completely setting a new bar in the organic and sustainable market! One of these extraordinary products is "Amasai"...a cultured dairy drink that surpasses your standard kefir in every way! You DO NOT want to miss out on this! ( I have personally tasted it and it is DELICIOUS!)
To view the products and find out how you can become part of this fabulous opportunity go to:
In the meantime, cultivating kefir on your kitchen counter is easy as 1,2,3 and the health benefits make it worth every minute!
Here is one of my yummy smoothie recipes to spur you on!
Peach Cobbler Smoothie
From Kristi's Kitchen
1 c. organic plain whole fat yogurt
1 1/2 c. kefir (soon to be replaced with Beyond organic "Amasai")
1 tsp. honey
1/2 tsp. liquid stevia
1 large peach; peeled and chopped
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2 cups ice
-Process in blender and serve -it makes about 45-50oz. - filled my kitchen aid blender completely!
-garnish with a sprig of mint and enjoy...I really love the mint essence as I drink the smoothie it adds a whole other dimension!
*You can increase amount of honey or stevia to suit your taste buds...this is just a jumping off point...