- ¼ cups of organic sugar
- Water kefir grainshydrated
- ½ cup of water
- 2 ounces of grapeApple, or cherry fruit juice – You can choose the flavor you like best
If you love the sodas but don’t want to quit or can’t quit them cold turkey, you may be looking for healthier options, such as water kefir. When substituting your normal soda drink with kefir water, you get healthy probiotic drink that can be flavored in so many ways. Water kefir soda drink is one way to replace sugary unhealthy sodas with a healthy drink that is good for the gut.
When making this recipe or any other water kefir flavor recipe, you will need the basic water kefir recipe first. You can find that recipe here. Once you have made this basic water kefir recipe, you can then create a mock soda that will give your taste buds the fizzles that it’s used to with soda but it will also be good for you.
Everyday, there seems to be more information on the bad risks people take when consuming regular sodas no matter what the flavor is. In order to make each flavor, it takes additives such as sugar and sodium. According to a 2011 Yale University study found at www.prevention.com an average person will consume approximately 45 gallons of soda per year. That puts over 69% of adults in the overweight category, not to mention the ultimate effect the contents found in sodas can have on the heart, like the caffeine, calories, sugar, and sodium. Diet soda is not the best choice either. When you consider the sodium found in the diet drinks, it may be difficult to stay hydrated and healthy. Diabetes is a condition that becomes worse with the excess consumption of sugary soda drinks. Once you develop diabetes, it will need to be monitored for the rest of your life and in some cases, medication or even shots of insulin are needed to maintain a healthy level.
Organic Sugar vs. Refined Sugar
Its okay to consume some sugar, in fact The American Heart Association recommends that women consume no more than 6 teaspoons and men 9 teaspoons per day. This includes adding sugar to your food and your drinks. Six and nine teaspoons add up quickly so although it sounds like enough, it will most likely leaving you wanting more.
Organic sugar is not refined or processed. It tastes like sugarcane so the taste is different from refined. It also contains more nutrients that can be discovered in the sugar cane juice; 11 different minerals, 17 amino acids, as well as vitamins including antioxidants.
Table sugar has a sweet taste but other than that, it’s not good. Consuming table sugar, or refined sugar, can increase your chances of developing type 2 diabetes. It can also cause a plethora of health issues including tooth decay, vision problems, pancreatic problems, inflammation throughout the body, lack of nutrients in your diet, and more.
When you weigh the health risks and factors that lead to the health issues if consuming sodas, it’s easy to see why this drink needs to be removed from your daily intake and replaced with another alternative. You don’t have to give up the bubbly liquid nor do you have to give up sugar at all. This recipe calls for sugar as well however, it calls for organic sugar.
The ingredients found in this recipe are safe, healthy, and good for the taste buds too. The fruit juice that you add on the final step will give your drink the pizazz your taste buds are looking forward to.
Making your own Water Kefir Soda
You will need to have a one quart glass jar for this recipe. Use wooden utensils instead of metal. You will also need something to put over the mouth of the jar that will still allow air to circulate but keep the bugs out, such as a coffee filter and a rubber band.
Prepare the water kefir grains
Allow the water and sugar mixture to cool completely
Sugar Mixture in Jar
Add more water to jar
Pour room temperature water into the jar to fill the jar up completely.
Add water kefir grains
Let it sit
Allow the mixture to sit on your counter at room temperature or no more than 75 degrees for 24-48 hours. Don't go past 48 hours otherwise you could starve the water kefir grains.
Note: Letting this mixture set for 48 hours will ferment the sugar out leaving a less sugary drink and therefore, less carbs you will consume.
Strain the Grains
Add the juice
Set at room temperature
Allow the mixture to set on the counter for up to three days before refrigeration or consuming.
Note: It's recommended that you do not use citrus juices for this recipe due to the fact that it alters the texture and the taste.