Chris and I have been making and consuming lots of fermented foods and drinks. It's so much fun to make them and they are super beneficial to boot. I was very excited when I received some Zukay Kvass to try. While we do try to make our own fermented foods most of the time, because it is usually cheaper, it's always nice to have an easy back-up ready in the fridge. I received a free sample of four of their flavors. I couldn't resist taking a sip of one right away :)
Fermented foods have been around for many many years and I love their philosophy:
Your ancestors were strong, vibrant people.
They not only survived famines, floods, wars, and beasts – they THRIVED to create great civilizations, explore distant lands, and become us.
They didn’t suffer from today’s maladies of obesity, type II diabetes, IBS, etc. Food may not have always been plentiful, but every drop of it was organic, pure, unprocessed, and, very often, probiotic .
They knew raw, fermented vegetables, in all their forms, were life-giving and sustaining, and generally healthier than unfermented raw vegetables. They knew these jewels kept them strong year-round, and they became a central part of their diet – and often even their culture.
THIS ANCESTRAL HEALTH AND WISDOM IS THE HEART AND SOUL OF VEGGIE•BIOTICS
When you’re talking about Veggie•Biotics, you’re talking real, traditional, life sustaining food. Zukay’s Veggie•Biotic kvass drinks and salad dressings are made only from raw, organic, farm fresh veggies that are fermented in the ancient traditions, using only wild cultures we hand-batch ourselves.
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First up was the beet flavor. Out of them all I liked this one the best. They do add stevia to them and it did not have any kind of after taste to me. I thought it balanced them out very well. Not too sweet and not too tart, although I do like a really strong twang :) It has a beet essence to it but it was not over powering to me. Beets are amazing nutritional and detox powerhouses. Did you know they have the most methyl groups (CH3) that assist the liver with detoxification? When they are fermented it's even better.
Ingredients: Water, Organic Beets, Celtic Sea Salt, Hand-Batched Live Active Culture, Organic Raw Green Stevia
Next up was super root. This one tasted similar to the beet flavor, with a little more earthiness.
Ingredients: Water, Organic Beet, Organic Carrot, Organic Sarsaparilla, Turmeric, Organic Ginger, Organic Burdock Root, Organic Kudzu Root, Organic Astragalus Root, Organic Codonopsis Root, Organic Shatavari Root, Wild Harvested Suma Root, Celtic Sea Salt, Hand-Batched Live Active Culture, Organic Raw Green Stevia
The veggie medley kind of tasted like a tangy and less potent V-8 juice. It was nice and refreshing from the tomatoes and cucumbers.
Ingredients: Water, Organic Tomatoes, Organic Cucumbers, Organic Carrots, Organic Cabbage, Organic Celery, Organic Kale, Organic Parsley, Organic Beets, Celtic Sea Salt, Hand-Batched Live Active Culture, Organic Raw Green Stevia
I do love green smoothies and this one was pleasantly green. It's like taking green smoothies to the next level. Oh yea.
Ingredients: Water, Organic Cabbage, Organic Fennel, Organic Kale, Organic Spinach, Organic Chard, Organic Lemon, Organic Ginger, Organic Watercress, Organic Wheatgrass, Organic Spirulina, Celtic Sea Salt, Hand-Batched Live Active Culture, Organic Raw Green Stevia
I must say that I've been regularly consuming fermented foods every day for over a year now and when everyone in my office has been sick, I've seemed to not be affected and carry on :) I love fermented foods and Zukay is an awesome way to get them in.
As always be sure to start slow with fermented foods/drinks, especially if you have digestion issues, because they are very powerful. I would recommend starting with 1 tbsp per day and work up gradually so the body has time to filter out all the toxins and bad bug die-off.
In addition to water kefir (grape is our fav!) and kombucha, we currently have the following in our ferment fridge - miso paste, beet kvass, sauerkraut, and a mix of carrots/eggs (yes eggs!). Fermented carrots are delicious! Chris ordered some spores for making natto and tempeh so that is next on our list :)
I don't believe Zukay is available in Las Vegas at this time and I am going to request them at my local Whole Foods. I would definitely buy these again. See if they are in your area here.
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Do you like fermented foods? What is your favorite?