We had a heck of a winter at the Bravo household last year.
Lila was constantly sick with a cold, which meant that E and I were sick too. Those daycare germs are. no. joke. The silver lining is that it's helped build Lila's immune system. But in an attempt to keep ourselves free from sniffles and suffering this year, we've started making our own Kefir.
Kefir, not to be mistaken for Kiefer, is a fermented milk or water drink that is similar to yogurt in taste but closer to milk in consistency. Because it's fermented, kefir is like kombucha in that it is a probiotic rich (read: gut-friendly) drink. And health starts in the gut, my friends (read more on that here, here, and here). For the last three winters my in-laws have been swearing up and down that kefir is what's kept them cold-free (and recent systematic reviews have reported a positive effect of probiotics in preventing common cold symptoms). So they gave us some of their kefir grains to start making our own, and we're finally getting into a consistent rhythm. We've bought kefir from the grocery store randomly, but it's best if it's a regular staple in your diet during cold & flu season, and it's much cheaper and yummier if made fresh yourself.
It's really pretty easy, and shouldn't take you more than 5 minutes each day to make. You can drink it plain, or mix it with a dash of your favorite 100% fruit juice, our family loves fresh oj or cherry juice. And I'm not being generous when I say that anyone can do it no matter their comfort level in the kitchen. I highly recommend you try it for yourself, so below I've put some links to Amazon so you guys can buy the dehydrated kefir grains and all the tools you'll need to make it at home. If you are vegan, click the water kefir grains link or use milk-alternatives!
- 2 tbsp. kefir grains
- 2 cups Milk
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