I realize that Monday’s post was on a drink (hibiscus tea) but now I have to tell you all about water kefir — my newest obsession! And yes, apparently I am on a drink kick! And makes sense because it has been over 100 degrees the past week in Oregon….yes, I have been melting! In any case, I have always had a love hate relationship with kombucha. I love it, but it has made me (violently) sick and so I had to quit for a decade. I have successfully only had good batches in the past year, but I still am weary about it. That said, I always love looking at the drink aisle in the hippy dippy grocery stores because they always have the best products. And lo and behold, that is how I first found out about water kefir — a probiotic water. It is similar to kombucha, as they are both fermented and probiotic rich. But they taste slightly different and as of now, I am preferring water kefir.
So basically, water kefir is SIMILAR to kombucha, but lighter, more approachable, and more delicious. It is a delicately fermented drink that quenches your thirst and replenishes your gut, but is more subtle and light. ALSO — key point — there is no tea in it, so there is no caffeine. It also has all the benefits of fermentation. My stomach feels better, I feel healthy, I love the taste, and look forward to the next day when I can indulge in another water kefir drink! To read more about water kefir, go here and here. And the brands I like are GT’s Aqua Kefir and Goodwolf Water Kefir.