Unicorn Kefir Bark

IMAG3099I am kind of known for drinking or eating odd things. I’m totally cool with that. I love to rock my, “But First, Kombucha” shirt, even though I can’t even drink it around my husband because he can’t deal with the smell.

A few years ago I began studying the Weston A. Price Organization. Through them I began to learn about raw milk, grass-fed butter, and fermented foods. I really drove my family nuts then, as I was constantly experimenting with making krauts, fermenting salsa, having a go at beet kvass, making bone broths, buying homemade kombucha from my beautiful friend Kathy at the market, and more. The kvass was probably the worst. I wanted so hard to like it, but it wasn’t my thing, so I moved on.

You can check it out, research and discern for yourself, but my simple goal was to starting add some probiotic foods into my diet.

This is when I found out about kefir, similar to yogurt. I’m not going to lie it can be strong and have a bit of a twang to it.

A few weeks ago I saw a pin for some yogurt bark. I thought it sounded yummy, so I wanted to give it a go. While at our co-op store in Urbana, I found some goat’s milk kefir, which I thought was perfect. I personally love some goat cheese. So I was pretty pumped when I found this at the store.

I also feel like ‘unicorn’ inspired food is pretty popular right now, but it really reminds me of my friend Chelsey, who is always head of trend and has had a thing for them for a few years. I thought it would be beautiful, so I started pureeing the kefir with different fruits.

I opted not to sweeten it (which made the flavor a little strong), but feel free to add a little honey to the puree. Also I didn’t strain the berry mixes because I don’t mind the seeds, but you have that option as well. Definitely strain the orange pulp out of that layer.

Besides that, this turned out really beautifully. It was easy. AND you can customize it with different fruits (or maybe even try some veggie/fruit mix (like spinach and kiwi or something). It’s a nice little snack.

Unicorn Kefir Bark (or Yogurt) Continue reading “Unicorn Kefir Bark”

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Special: Kefir with Kathi

Three years I started researching on the Weston A. Price‘s website. That is where I learned about fermented food and flora. Flora is the bacteria in your stomach. A lot goes on in your gut and the state of its health is important to YOU as a whole. The gut is where it starts. A large portion of immunity is there. Having an advantage of good bacteria to ‘bad’ bacteria can be the determining factor in whether you get sick or not. Upon learning this I love to boast on the radical state of my flora, who kick butt and keep sickness at bay. I can’t remember the last time I fell ill. Thanks flora.

Of course there are all kinds of variables that lead to healthy immunity, but there are measures we can take. Part of this is food, like probiotics. I know more have heard this term now with all the commercials, but fermented foods can be probiotic and help build healthy bacteria. Fermented foods used to be the norm, that’s how we preserved food. But fermenting also has its health benefits. Fermenting can often increase the nutritional and vitamin content of food. Fermented foods would be sauerkraut, kimchi, and more. In the case of foods which are common allergens (like gluten and the dairy we’ll explore today), it makes them easier to digest. Many with dairy allergies for instance can stomach yogurt or kefir (or if you want to look further, they actually do better with other variety of animal milk, like goat).

Before visiting my local grass-fed dairy farmer I had never heard of kefir. They told me they sold kefir rather than yogurt. Continue reading “Special: Kefir with Kathi”

Almond Butter Kefir Ice Cream

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I had never heard of kefir before I began studying the Weston Price. I ride the fence on dairy. I think everything is listening to your body, what you can tolerate. On the occasion that I include dairy I use a raw grass-fed option. My local dairy farmer sales kefir. It’s probiotic. It also can be easier to digest than regular dairy. I felt an urge Saturday at the farmer’s market to get some. This led to the urge to make ice cream (again). Here are the results. My favorite source to find grass-fed farmers is Eat Wild. Also check state laws on raw dairy. Indiana for instance has farmers sale raw dairy as a pet food.

Almond Butter Kefir Ice Cream

  • 1 cup raw grass-fed kefir
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1/2 cup almond butter

Let’s Make It Happen: Blend all the ingredients. Freeze in a glass bowl. Process again so it is creamy. Enjoy!