We try to live our lives naturally and I like to experiment with new ideas regarding the food we eat and why we eat it. My children often respond to a new idea of mine with, “Yuck, what is that?!?” Then I go into the all familiar lecture about why it’s good for them, and tell them it may seem yucky at first…but that it’s really good for them (and remind them that they don’t have much of a choice once I decide they are going to try it!)
Ninety percent of the time they come around to my way of thinking and even start to enjoying or crave the new food, or drink. It’s just a matter of introducing these new ideas and eating habits so that what is new today is just normal tomorrow.
It’s not always easy to introduce new, healthier eating habits to our families, but it’s a critical challenge to overcome in the journey towards health and wellness. Therefore, I will write several Yuck…that’s good! blogs and share examples of things my children (and husband) initially thought were yucky, but then quickly become accepted as part of their natural eating routine–and something that they even began to enjoy, to their surprise!
What is Kefir?
We introduced milk kefir about a year ago and now use it regularly in our smoothies in the morning before school. Kefir is a cultured, enzyme-rich food filled with friendly micro-organisms that help balance your inner ecosystem including supporting, digestion and your immune system. It is said to be more nutritious and therapeutic than yogurt. It also supplies complete protein, essential minerals, and valuable B vitamins.
I use milk Kefir because it:
- is simple and inexpensive to make at home,
- can help restore your inner eco-system after antibiotic therapy and keep your immune system strong,
- can be made into a delicious smoothie that kids love, and
- is an excellent source of nutrition (for pregnant and nursing women, the elderly, and those with compromised immunity).
Ordering Live Kefir Grains
Our family makes milk Kefir from a live grain that I purchased at Happy Kombucha, though you can find several sources with an online search. When I received the live grains, they looked a little bit like wet cauliflower (don’t worry, they’re supposed to). One starter grain can last a lifetime if it is treated well. I also received instructions on how to care for the grains and make Kefir out of them. Here’s a picture of the bag and contents for your convenience.
Making Milk Kefir
Here is a video link on the simple process of making Kefir. Once your Kefir is made you can drink it plain, turn it into a delicious smoothie, or store in the fridge for a few days for future use.
We make a Kefir smoothie every morning by blending the prepared Kefir with a handful of frozen berries, one frozen or fresh banana, a tbsp. of coconut oil, and a tsp. of raw honey. The possibilities are endless when it comes to making Kefir smoothies you can add cocoa powder, flax seeds, any type fruit or even a handful of spinach! Keep trying new combinations, this will help keep it interesting for your family.
- 1- 2 cups kefir
- 1 handful frozen berries, we like blueberries
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon raw honey
- Blend all ingredients in a blender, blend fo 45-60 seconds depending on your blender’s ability, serve and enjoy!