There are so many combinations of fizzy, probiotic rich water kefir that you can make with strawberries. They are such a delight! Here is some ways that they can also boost your heart health with this strawberry rhubarb combination.
Strawberries are an easy one to identify for heart health, as they already look like little versions of one of our most important organs. Strawberries activate a protein called Nrf2 which makes strawberries a great antioxidant and also helps to reduce LDL, the “bad” cholesterol. Strawberries are also natural anti-inflammatories, and help lower C-reactive proteins, making them powerful allies for preventing and reducing the risk of heart disease.
Who knew that these delicious berries also had so many benefits!?
Rhubarb is also another super booster. Rhubarb can help increase the levels of good cholesterol, especially since it is high in fibre. So make sure you use rhubarb stalks in your smoothies, for the extra heart helping boost, and a nice, tangy punch to your brew. Rhubarb is also full of antioxidants, which help to ensure that free-radicals don’t accumulate and cause heart disease. What an underrated fruit! The rhaponticin in rhubarb also helps stabilize blood sugars, and can help prevent/combat diabetes, further decreasing your risk for related heart disease.
Strawberry Rhubarb Water Kefir Soda
Make the first ferment and leave the jar in a warm place for 24-48 hours.
Strain the grains and add the following to your second ferment.
5 strawberries finely chopped
2 stalks rhubarb finely chopped
Add to the green swivel top bottle with the first ferment water kefir.
Seal up the green swivel top bottle and leave it in a warm place for 24 hours for the second ferment.
Open slowly, strain and enjoy!
Refrigerate immediately. It can last there for up to 8 weeks before it turns to vinegar.
This Strawberry Rhubarb soda will give your immune system a boost of over 30 billion LIVE probiotics, magnesium, B vitamins, folate, vitamin K, electrolytes, enzymes, antioxidants and vitamin C.
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Leeza Zurwick is the Founder of Happy Gut and has a deep passion for living off the earth and using fermented food as medicine. After being gifted some water kefir grains, she found it difficult to find consistent information on how to brew water kefir and she found it challenging to source the right brewing supplies. Through extensive research, trial and error, Leeza developed simple recipes and systems to ensure success and delicious results. After drinking water kefir daily, she noticed a significant reduction in bloating, clearer skin and her immune system was strengthened enough to not get sick, despite working in classrooms full of germy kids! Leeza launched Happy Gut in 2017 and made it her mission to share the age old wisdom, simplicity and incredible health benefits of live, probiotic rich, fermented Water Kefir.