One thing I never thought I’d do is let milk sit out on my counter for 24 hours and ferment and be really excited about a smoothie the next day. That type of a thing didn’t sound terribly appetizing to me. Since becoming a bit of a hippie though, that’s exactly what happens every time I make kefir, and it’s easier to do than you think.
I was first introduced to kefir when my sister suggested I try a candida cleanse (anti-yeast diet) to see if that was what was causing some health problems of mine. The first phase of the cleanse you’re only allowed meat and vegetables. The candida diet eliminates all sugars, which yeast loves to feast upon. Foods high in carbs are not allowed. Milk is out of the question because of the amount of naturally occurring sugar, but kefir, in the 2nd phase of the cleanse, is not.
After a few weeks of eating vegetables with a side of meat for every meal, that first kefir smoothie was A-Ma-Zing. I started drinking the creamy treat like it was going out of style, unfortunately it’s not the cheapest hippie food you can find at the supermarket. Fortunately a local health food store carried a freeze dried kefir starter from Omega Nutrition. I decided to try it and was instantly hooked.
Not only was it easy to make kefir, but it takes all of 30 seconds to prepare. I haven’t bought pre-made kefir since getting my first box of starter packets. The video below shows how you can make kefir at home and enjoy this lovely fermented milk drink for a fraction of the price.
For an easy candida diet friendly smoothie simply combine the frozen berries of your choice and blend with your delicious homemade kefir. If you’ve got a craving for the texture of ice cream up the frozen berries and add less kefir. I’d love to know if any of you have favorite kefir smoothie recipes you’d like to share in the comments.
Have any of you ever tried making your own kefir?
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