Healthy Coconut Water Kefir

Ferment yourself up a coconut water kefir, a healthy prebiotic and probiotic rich carbonated beverage great for your gut.

| July 2019

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A Healthy prebiotic- and probiotic-rich carbonated beverage great for helping to balance your gut ecosystem.

Makes 4 Cups

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons water kefir grains*
  • 4 cups pasteurized coconut water
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries or blueberries (optional)
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (optional)

*Water kefir grains can be found in natural-food stores or online at Amazon. With proper care, the culture can be used indefinitely to create probiotic-rich kefir. Your grains will not grow as quickly in coconut water as they will in a nice bath of nutrient-rich sugar. Refresh and reactivate the kefir grains in sugar water (1/4 cup of sugar in 4 cups of water) for 24 to 48 hours between batches of Coconut Water Kefir. The sugar water will keep the grains healthy for the long term.



Instructions:

  1. Place the water kefir Grains and the coconut water in a jar. Cover the jar loosely with a lid or cheesecloth and allow the kefir grains to culture the coconut water for ideally 24 to 36 (and no longer than 48) hours at room temperature.
  2. Once the culturing is complete (the mixture will have thickened), remove the kefir grains with a slotted spoon and store in a separate glass container filled with filtered water and a teaspoon of sugar to keep the kefir grains alive and active.
  3. You may drink the Coconut Kefir Water by itself, but for an added twist, puree the cultured coconut water with the berries and lemon juice in a blender to your desired consistency. The Coconut Water Kefir will last 1 to 3 weeks in the fridge; when blended with the berries and lemon juice, it will last for 2 to 3 days in the fridge. Serve cold.

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From Happy Gut by Vincent Pedre. Copyright © 2015 by Dr. Pedre Wellness. Reprinted by permission of William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.






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