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Water Kefir Soda Drink

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Ingredients

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¼ cups of organic sugar
Water kefir grains hydrated
½ cup of water
2 ounces of grape Apple, or cherry fruit juice – You can choose the flavor you like best

Water Kefir Soda Drink

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    Now you can enjoy a delicious carbonated drink that is a healthy alternative to sodas. Change the fruit juice you use to change the flavor of your carbonated water kefir drink to give yourself more of a variety.

    • 5 days, 22 minutes
    • Serves 1
    • Medium

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    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.

    Soda

    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

    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

    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.

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    Steps

    1
    Done

    Prepare the water kefir grains

    You can do this while you are preparing the remaining ingredients so they are ready to use when you need them

    2
    Done
    3 minutes

    Heat water

    Bring the water to a hot temperature over low heat.

    3
    Done
    1 minute

    Add Sugar

    Pour the sugar into the water

    4
    Done
    1 minute

    Dissolve

    Stir the sugar in the hot water until it's completely dissolved

    5
    Done
    10 minutes

    Cool

    Allow the water and sugar mixture to cool completely

    6
    Done
    1 minute

    Sugar Mixture in Jar

    Pour the sugar and water mixture into your glass quart jar.

    7
    Done
    1 minute

    Add more water to jar

    Pour room temperature water into the jar to fill the jar up completely.

    8
    Done
    1 minute

    Add water kefir grains

    Pour the prepared water kefir grains into the glass jar containing the water/sugar mixture

    9
    Done
    1 minute

    Cover

    Using the coffee filter and rubber band, cover the mouth of the jar and secure it to prevent any insects from gaining entrance.

    10
    Done
    48 hours

    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.

    11
    Done
    1 minute

    Strain the Grains

    After 48 hours, strain the kefir grains from the drink

    Note: Water kefir grains can be reused. To keep the water kefir grains going, you will need to repeat.

    12
    Done
    1 minute

    Add the juice

    Pour the fruit juice into the prepared water kefir.

    13
    Done
    1 minute

    Cover

    Cover the jar again with a coffee filter and rubber band

    14
    Done
    1-3 days

    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.

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