By Jill, Modern Alternative Kitchen editor and Nina, Modern Alternative Pregnancy editor
A few years ago, I tried my first fermented beverage. It was a locally-brewed kombucha, made from tea from my dad’s company. I took a big drink and then spit it out. Turns out, I needed to acquire a taste for what is now one of my favorite beverages to make and drink. The same was true for wine and beer and, as it turns out, kvass.
I first read about beet kvass in Sally Fallon’s book, Nourishing Traditions. Here’s what she says:
This drink is valuable for its medicinal qualities and as a digestive aid. Beets are just loaded with nutrients. One 4-ounce glass, morning and night, is an excellent blood tonic, cleanses the liver and is a good treatment for kidney stones and other ailments.
Beet kvass is a lacto-fermented beverage that’s pretty simple to make. It’s a traditional Russian drink, full of beneficial probiotics. It’s definitely an acquired taste.
Thankfully, the lovely folks at Zukay Live Foods can help you acquire that taste with their 7 varieties of kvass beverages. Here’s a little bit of their story and why they’ve started offering this probiotic drink to the world:
We were lucky enough to be able to move out to the beautiful Eastern Pennsylvania countryside, and we also found out about a way of living based on the whole food diets our ancestors ate. Armed now with a bit of land to play with and better knowledge than we ever had before, we quickly started growing everything we could. And it made all the difference for us.
But, food doesn’t store itself, and it doesn’t come out of the ground in a convenient fashion either. So, we learned about the ancient art of fermentation as the most natural, healthy way of preserving these wonderful gifts from our garden. And a love affair was born.
So, that’s where the idea for Zukay started. We couldn’t keep it to ourselves, and we wanted to pass on this most awesome way of eating and drinking to every one. We hope you love our products and appreciate the aura of love and gratitude we put into every bottle, and that we can be an important part of your path to a much healthier, happier you!
Types of Kvass and Thoughts
I was fortunate to try four different types of kvass from Zukay:
I was quite skeptical because of the green color, but this one was definitely my favorite of the bunch. It has lemon and ginger in it, a combination I love, along with lots of veggies. My husband and I were sharing it over dinner and we both tentatively had a few sips and he declared he didn’t like it. Then, as we were cleaning up I looked over and he was polishing off the bottle.
I thought this one would be similar to Super Green, but it actually had a much different flavor. It included cucumbers, celery, kale, parsley, and cabbage and I actually really enjoyed the “pickle-y” flavor. I drank this while my husband was at work and didn’t save him any, so only one opinion here!
Kate’s comments: This is the first one we tried. My husband and daughter wouldn’t even touch it — no surprise there. My 3 YO declared he didn’t like it. My 1 YO begged for it! He called it “juice” and begged for more. I liked it although it wasn’t quite what I was expecting — I’m still used to ‘normal’ tomato-based vegetable juice. I found I was sort of craving it though, it made me feel good.
I liked the tartness of this one a lot. My husband wasn’t a fan of the earthy flavors, so I got to have most of it to myself!
I love beets. I refused to eat them growing up, but they are one of my husband’s favorite vegetables so I started making them when we got married, and now we are both big beet supporters! To me, it tasted just like beet juice and was not as bitter as some of the other ones. However, for some reason, neither one of us enjoyed this one as much as I had hoped.
If you want to try some kvass before making it yourself, or you’re just not the DIY type, then I highly recommend Zukay Kvass. While our taste buds may differ, I suggest starting off with the traditional beet kvass, especially if you’re not used to drinking fermented beverages. This was the sweetest kvass of the bunch and my whole family liked it (the ones who would try it, that is).
If you’re used to drinking kvass and want to branch out or are just more adventurous than I am , try some of their other flavors.
Zukay is offering an awesome giveaway this week! One grand prize winner will get a 6 pack of their choice of Zukay beverages (a $24 value). Additionally, 10 lucky winners will receive a coupon for a free drink. And, just for participating, Zukay will send you a 4-page coupon book for $5.50 in savings over 7 bottles of kvass. All you have to do to receive the coupon book is like Zukay Live Foods on facebook and send them a message with your address! For entries to the top 11 prizes, use the Rafflecopter form below. Contest open until Saturday, March 23 at midnight. Must be 18 or older to enter.
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