I think it’s time to tell you about one of my other favorite probiotic packed beverages: WATER KEFIR.
You’ve seen me talk a lot about kombucha, but the truth is I’ve been making water kefir longer than I’ve been making kombucha. I was first introduced to water kefir during our time in Guatemala as the local fermented food and beverage company produced a peach tibicos that I loved. It was yummy but definitely tasted different from kombucha. After a few bottles, I figured it was time to Google to figure out what the heck I was drinking. Turns out tibicos is another word for water kefir which didn’t really answer any questions for me because I had never heard of water kefir either.
What is water kefir?
Water kefir (or tibicos) is a cultured beverage. It’s made by adding water kefir grains to sugar water and allowing to culture for 1-2 days. Water kefir grains are little symbiotic colonies of bacteria and yeast that feed on sugar water. I should note that they aren’t really grains in a traditional sense and there is no gluten involved. The word grains simply refers to their size and shape.
Why should I drink water kefir?
Water kefir contains probiotics. Probiotics can aid in digestion and boost your immune system as they help your body improve the health of your gut microbiome. Plus, water kefir is a fizzy and tasty beverage! It might just be the key to help you kick your soda habit for good!
What does water kefir taste like?
Plain water kefir doesn’t have much of a taste. I would describe it as slightly sweet with an earthy and yeasty finish to it. While it’s totally fine to drink as is, it’s much more fun and yummy to flavor it. You can flavor with fresh or frozen fruit, vegetables, juices, herbs or spices. Let your imagination run wild.
Why drink water kefir instead of kombucha?
Personally, I drink both. However, I tend to notice more of a digestive benefit from drinking water kefir. Here are a few reasons why you might prefer water kefir over kombucha:
- It’s a shorter process. Water kefir takes 1-2 days while kombucha generally takes 10-14 days.
- No caffeine. Kombucha is tea based so it contains caffeine. People who avoid caffeine or are sensitive to it cannot drink kombucha. Water kefir is water based and does not contain caffeine. This makes it a good choice for kids, water kefir is said to be nature’s soda!
- It’s not tart. Many people do not care for the tart or vinegary flavor of kombucha. Water kefir is completely different; it’s slightly sweet and generally tastes like whatever you flavor it with.