Monday, July 12, 2010
Water Kefir Grains
While eating a raw food diet, usually no dairy products are consumed. I do not consume dairy products and neither does one of our youngest. He has been struggling with GI issues for 11 months and we have been trying to slowly eliminate foods, attempting to pinpoint the culprit. I have read so much information on people healing when they eliminate dairy from their diet. Well, five days ago we totally eliminated all sources of dairy in his diet and he already is showing improvement!! This has been a looooong 11 months on all of us. I won't get into the details but changing 6-7 diapers a day will give you a clue as to what I mean. I try to keep dairy out of the rest of the families diet as well. But they still choose to consume some products that contain it. I won't feed it to them, so at least I know it can slowly be eliminated from their diet as well.
I have been doing some research on making kefir. I have learned on the Internet and also from Ani Phyo, when she came to our raw foods group, that you can make coconut water kefir and even kefir with just regular filtered water, pear, and ginger. Ani likes this version right now. She uses the pear to feed the kefir grains with natural sugar and she adds the ginger because she likes the flavor.
I found water kefir grains and have added them to my store. If you are raw or even a vegan, you can't use kefir grains that have come from a dairy source so these water grains are the perfect answer. I have not made my kefir yet. That will be posted as soon as I give it a try, but I wanted to post about the water kefir grains now because a few of us were discussing it at our last meeting.
I found two young Florida coconuts in our neighbor's yard. I decided to try my hand at cracking it open to get to the coconut water. It worked! The coconut water tasted great. Even the kids liked it. I am excited to make coconut water kefir as well as Ani's version.
TIP: Freeze young coconut water that has been blended with some of the meat in ice cube trays. You then can easily add these cubes to your smoothie recipes.
Water Kefir Grains
~JMJ~ Today I am grateful for yet another answer from prayer and healthy bacteria! God is good, very good!
Peace and Eat More Raw!