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Christmas Traditions and Water Kefir



Our Christmas time is full of food...tons and tons of food. Personally, I think food is a universal love language. I mean when you give someone a batch of Christmas cookies, do they ever get offended? If they do, swiftly replace the plate of cookies with a snowball to the face, because that's unacceptable. In a time of so many treats and good eats we would like to show you a couple of our traditions, and a healthy/easy recipe for some water kefir...for those of you who don't know what water kefir is, it is essentially fermented water. How is that possibly you ask? I'll explain in the water kefir section of this blog, so read on!


TRADITION 1

We cut down our own Christmas tree.

In a nutshell, we brave the elements, go to a place in Upland, Indiana that's really quite nice, saw down our evergreen victim, and I take a picture like this (Look Left) to try to look super strong. Cutting down Christmas trees is something I did as a kid growing up and I always loved it. Kyla and I have done this for three years now, and it's something we want to keep doing and to keep building a day around. A day of traditions that will yield many memories and stories for years to come.


TRADITION 2

Two words, CHRISTMAS. COOKIES. Sweet, sugary, buttery, iced, guilt free calorie packed cookies. This tradition is running strong with three years under its belt. We typically have my sister in law Lydia, Kyla's little sister, over and we make, bake, ice, and eat an obnoxious amount of Christmas cookies. This tradition has had but one hiccup...it was an incident that still sometimes resurfaces. The winter of '17 (last year) we were having a great time, Lydia, Kyla, and myself that is. We were moving right along and I had the brilliant idea of making a monster Christmas cookie, you know, the kind you would write home about. As I proceeded to roll the dough, I noticed a hand reaching over, taking a chunk, and eating it...surely that was a misunderstanding, I thought, so I carried on. This happened 3-4 more times before I had to put a stop to it. I'm not naming names or anything, all I'm saying is, know who your making Christmas cookies with...


WATER KEFIR RECIPE

Water kefir is a probiotic drink. There are TONS of health benefits with probiotics, so this is something you should really consider getting into. To make water kefir, you will need water kefir grains. Kyla and I bought ours from cultures for health: https://www.culturesforhealth.com/buy-water-kefir-grains.html The grains arrive at your doorstep dehydrated. It will then be up to you to hydrate and nurse them back to health so that they can actual do what you bought them to do (they include instructions on how to do this...it only takes a couple of days). The grains need sugar water, juice, or coconut water to make the actual water kefir. The grains themselves are made up of bacteria and yeast that work together to essentially eat the sugar content and make the probiotics. Here is the recipe/process we use to make ours...


First Fermentation:

-Start with a clean quart-sized mason jar.

-Pour 1/4 cup organic cane sugar into jar

-Add 1/2 cup boiling water to cane sugar and mix until dissolved (DO NOT USE ANY METAL AT ANY TIME, THIS WILL KILL THE KEFIR GRAINS!)

-Add 2 1/2 cups cold water to the jar.

- Make sure water is room temperature at this point (roughly 68-85 degrees Farenheit)

-Add kefir grains to mixture and place a coffee filter secured with a rubber band over the top.

-Culture for 48 hours


Second Fermentation:

-Cut in half 1 lemon and 1 lime

-Squeeze the juice of 1/2 lemon and 1/2 lime into container.

-Pour juice into Grolsch-style bottle

-Using a mesh strainer and funnel, pour your cultured kefir into the Grolsch bottle. DO NOT pour the grains into the bottle. *Repeat first fermentation steps with your grains.

-Cap bottle and let carbonate for 48 hours. (You may want to burp the bottle after 24 hours so that you don't have an explosion on your hands!) -Enjoy your sweet nectar!


I hope everyone is gearing up for the holidays and looking forward to experiencing the various traditions with friends and family. As you travel take a look at our 3 Hacks To Keep The Holiday Weight Off. Also, if you're drawing a blank on a Christmas gift for someone...maybe someone who is into fitness or just a hippy...buy them some water kefir grains! Don't forget to subscribe, and as always, follow your fitness.



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