Spring is the season of the liver and what a delicious way to support the liver than with a glass of beet kvass. Typically spring cleaning is a time to purge, clean and renew. Yard sales abound and houses are opened up to the fresh air and a feeling of newness and growth is in the air. Our bodies enjoy this season of cleansing too. Supporting the liver and reducing the burdens placed on it from processed foods and refined sugars is a great step to take each spring. Detox cleanses are another way to give the digestive system and break, clean out the old internal toxins and replace them with healing gut foods like bone broth and beet kvass.
Programs like The 30 clean are a great way to eliminate top allergens to the body and add in healthy nutrient-dense foods to support the body. You get accountability, support, community and loads of recipes for making nutrient-dense foods part of your lifestyle.
Ok, back to beet kvass. According to Dr. Axe, there are many benefits of drinking beet kvass.
2 of my favorites are:
1. Great Source of Probiotics
Since kvass is considered one of the great probiotic foods, there are many benefits such as improving intestinal tract health and enhancing the immune system, which makes nutrients more available to the body. This also reduces symptoms of lactose intolerance, decreasing the prevalence of allergies.
Formerly, we had plenty of probiotics in our diet from eating fresh foods from good soil and by fermenting our foods to keep them from spoiling. But the modern ways of agriculture, refrigeration and preparing food have eliminated probiotic foods for too many American. Not enough probiotics can mean digestive disorders, skin issues, candida, autoimmune disease, and frequent colds and flu.
2. Excellent Liver Cleanser
While many think that alcohol is the only reason for liver problems, disease-causing inflammation is also caused by poor eating choices. Beets and beet greens are rich in antioxidants containing over 1300 milligrams of potassium per cup, and as such, they help fight free radical damage and improve the health of your body at a cellular level.
You can read the whole article all about kvass here.
Grab a quart sized mason jar, some organic beets from your local farmers market and start making some yummy, nutritious, nutrient dense beet kvass. 4oz. morning and evening is a great health tonic. I like mine served over ice.
If you are local to the area- The Piedmont farmers market on Winecoff school road every Saturday. Their produce is organic and beautiful!
Ok friends, here is the recipe below.
Shine on friends,
- 2-4 beets
- Pure water
- 1 inch piece of ginger root grated
- 1 Tablespoon salt- per half gallon
- 1/4 cup whey or culture from previous batch of fermented veggies or kraut
- Chop the beets into medium chunks and place in half gallon jar. Add in the salt, whey and ginger. Fill half gallon jar with pure water ( not tap water ) and mix. Leave 1 inch headroom in the jar. Cover and leave on counter for 3 days.
- Refrigerate after the 2 days. You can leave the beets in the jar and let it get stronger, or you can strain and use the beets 1 more time for another batch.
- I like mine served over ice. Enjoy!
Tomorrow our family starts the 30 clean family challenge. We will be eliminating gluten, dairy, soy and sugar for 21 days. So today I am experimenting with what to make for breakfast tomorrow. These are a winner!
For those of you that are following a clean eating program that focuses on real food that is dairy free and grain free, these are a delicious option. They fit into a Keto diet and even a whole 30 program and they really hit the spot when you are feeling like you need something similar to a bready carb. Who would have thought you could eat pancakes? Well these are low carb and filled with healthy fats too!
You can serve them with sliced strawberries or even top with some heavy whipping cream if you are on the Ketosis diet (and can do dairy- Or use coconut cream that has whipped.) Serve them for breakfast, a snack or even “breakfast for dinner.”
I’ll be making theses again and again. They taste even better than the ones made with flour. Give them a try. They may be one of your new favorites too.
- ¾ cup almond or any nut butter
- 4 large eggs
- 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/2- 3/4 C. Ground Flax meal
- ⅓ cup coconut cream
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tbsp ghee or coconut oil for greasing
- Optional: Fresh sliced organic strawberries
- Dump everything in a bowl. I used my hand blender to mix it all up.
- Cook on a cast iron skillet that has been greased with coconut oil or ghee to keep it dairy free. If you can eat diary- go ahead and use butter! 😉