- 1/4 - 1/2 cups of water kefir grains
- 1/4 cup of organic sugaryou can purchase rapadura, sucanat, or cane
- 1/2 teaspoon of maple syrup
- 1/8 teaspoon of sea salt
- 1 liter of water
- 3-5 blackberries
There are many ways to live a healthier lifestyle today. While there are many over-the-counter remedies and ideas that seem to work for some and they leave you to wonder if you are in the group that it does help. There is not a one-size-fits-all answer to a healthier you so you need to come up with a way that works for you. One way is to make some simple changes here and there without overwhelming yourself. For a healthier digestive system, adding something as simple as water kefir to your drinks will help your digestive health in so many ways.
Water kefir contains probiotics which can be very healthy to your gut. There are good bacterias and yeast, and there are bad but they are both present in the body to help your digestive system. Since these bacterias and yeasts are present in the digestive system, everyone can enjoy the water kefir, including kids.
Blackberries are a great addition to your diet because they can help to make your immune system stronger, improve heart function, help to fight cancer from within, improve memory, aid in weight management, help build strong bones, promote healthy skin, improve eye vision, and strengthen natural blood clotting.
Nutrients found in blackberries include folate, Vitamins A, B, B2, B3, and B6, Vitamins C, E, and K too. This tasty berry also has magnesium, iron, potassium, zinc, and calcium. It is also a good way to get your amino acids and dietary fiber essential for regularity.
You can find blackberries throughout the year at your local supermarket however the best time to buy them is during the middle of the summer months. This is when they are in season and the flavors are simply bursting to come out. When you look over all the blackberries, you want to pick the freshest container. Pick it up and examine it all around. You want to avoid any mushy berries, deep dark colors, and any berries that look like they are sticking together. Once you purchase your berries, you will want to eat them or use them in dishes within three or four days. If you want to keep them through the winter to use, blackberries are easy to freeze. Place them on a cookie sheet in a single layer. Pop them in the freezer for two hours, or until frozen. Place the berries into a freezer bag, zip the lid up, and place in the freezer. You can get out what you need at any time. When you freeze the berries, it holds the flavors in the berry well so when they are unthawed, they taste just as vibrant as they would have if you had consumed them when you purchased them.
You can add a few drops of liquid minerals to get more in your drink. You can also add half of an egg shell that has been crumbled up to get minerals and vitamins into your drink. Rinse the egg shell out completely and allow it to dry. Then crush it into a powder consistency.
You can add 1/2 teaspoon of molasses instead of two teaspoons of maple syrup if you prefer the taste of molasses over maple syrup.
Prepare your blackberries ahead of time by rinsing them off under gently running water. Pat dry or allow them to air dry before using them in your kefir water.
Many water kefir makers add an egg shell into their mixture during step one in order to increase their calcium intake.
Dissolving the crystals
Cool the Mixture
Allow the mixture to cool down to room temperature before adding it to a glass jar.
Adding the Kefir Grains
Fill the jar up to the top
Pour the filtered water into the jar to fill it up to the top. The jar should now contain the mixture, water kefir grains, and the water.
Seal up the jar and leave it alone
Place the lid onto the jar and set it in a location that is dark and maintains a safe temperature. The temperature should be consistent and warm enough to allow the grains to become active. The temperature will also effect how long the kefir will set ( 12-36 hours )
Strain the Kefir Grains
Pour kefir water back into jar