Blue Green Smoothie

Blue-Green Smoothie

Did you know that the blue-green algae spirulina is 65% protein? So instead of using whey powder or soy-based protein powders for your protein shakes why not use spirulina instead? It’s is easier to digest, has far greater nutritional benefits and doesn’t have the negative side effects of soy. This smoothie combines blueberries and acai berry powder for their antioxidants, parsley and green grass powder for their phytonutrients and chlorophyll, superfoods maca for it’s adaptogenic and nutrient-dense properties and blue-green algae for it’s protein and chlorophyll, and kefir for it’s beneficial micro-organisms. This recipe calls for milk kefir, but you could easily substitute kombucha or water kefir instead, which would also make a vegan version of this smoothie. Read more »

Green Goddess Dressing & Dip

Green Goddess Dressing/Dip

This smooth, creamy dressing is great on salads. It comes out quite thick also works beautifully as a dip with vegetable sticks, broccoli and cauliflower florets, or crackers, or as a spread in sandwiches. The kefir, avocado and apple cider vinegar are the basis of the recipe and around that you have a lot of latitude to add the herbs and spices that you like. This is a great way to add the fermented foods kefir and apple cider vinegar into your diet. Read more »

Making Kefir Cheese

Kefir Cheese

Making cheese from kefir is easy and it contains all the beneficial probiotic micro-organisms that kefir is famous for. This recipe makes a tasty, soft cheese, similar to cream cheese but even easier to spread. I’ve also used it in recipes in place of ricotta cheese. This is the basic recipe for making a plain kefir cheese, you can use it as-is or add herbs, fruit and nuts to create your own delicious variations. Let your imagination go wild! Read more »

Rosemary, Garlic and Walnut Kefir Cheese

Rosemary, garlic, walnut kefir cheese on a flax cracker

This is a beautiful, tangy, silky-soft cheese perfect for spreads and dips. With just a few simple ingredients, it’s very quick to make up if you have already strained the kefir through cheesecloth to make the cheese. Since it’s made from milk kefir, it has all the healthy probiotic benefits of kefir, but the cream cheese-like consistency makes it so much more versatile. It would be a great dish to bring to potlucks and picnics. It’s a delicious and refreshing addition to sandwiches, on crackers or as a dip for vegetable sticks. Read more »

Making Kefir Yogurt

Fresh Kefir Grains

Kefir is a traditional fermented food made from milk, full of beneficial probiotic bacteria and yeast. It’s similar to yogurt, but usually more tangy, and sometimes slightly effervescent. Kefir is not only far more beneficial than yogurt, but much easier to make. Unlike yogurt, kefir can actually colonize your gut with the beneficial micro-organisms you need to have a healthy immune system and well-functioning digestive system. While high-quality yogurt contains a few of the beneficial gut bacteria, kefir contains a much larger number of beneficial bacteria, as well as beneficial yeasts. Kefir is great eaten by itself or with fruit, in smoothies, on muesli and granola, in salad dressings, made into cheese or even tasty fruit flavored popsicles that kids will love. You can buy fresh kefir grains here. Read more »