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Drink your (Probiotic) Vegetables {GIVEAWAY – now closed}

January 31st, 2013 · 24 Comments · What to Buy

It was my goal last year to learn to make more fermented foods, and although I did sauerkraut and homemade kimchi a couple times, I wasn’t very good at doing it regularly.

I did learn that my two older kids and husband won’t really eat fermented vegetables, although we all gave it the good old college try a couple times.

My toddler, on the other hand, begs for them. It’s hilarious!

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The options I got in the mail from Zukay…

This is how it went down when we tried our first fermented veggie drink from Zukay, called “Super Roots:”

Paul and Leah (ages 7 and 4) both made horrible faces and said quickly, “It’s not for me!” DH smelled it and wouldn’t touch it. John, the toddler, drank Paul’s, Leah’s, and his own and loudly begged for more, which he drank and then poured the fifth serving onto his tray.

Drinking Zukay Kvass (5) (475x356)

I think it’s doable – not quite to the level of “pleasant” or “desirable,” but “acceptable to drink for its health benefits.” Far superior in taste to, say, straight fermented cod liver oil.

Zukay Live Foods makes 7 varieties of kvass, the traditional Eastern European probiotic beverage featured in Nourishing Traditions. I haven’t tried making my own fermented beverage since a very early attempt at “Sweet Potato Fly,” I think it was called, from Wild Fermentation. That was a flop, if you’re interested.

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I do like having the option of a fermented beverage instead of only fermented vegetables, because honestly sometimes I just don’t want to get out one more fork, but a few swigs from a bottle works great for my “dose” of probiotics before a meal.

After the Super Root flavor, which is bright pink and includes many root veggies (including beets, if the color didn’t tip you off), I tried “Veggie Medley,” which is nearly clear in color, maybe a light green, so I thought it might be an even milder flavor.

Oops. I’m really not a a fan of this one, but I strongly dislike raw celery, and I’m thinking that’s one of the flavors that is coming through strongly for me. Or maybe it’s parsley. I got through the bottle, but it was definitely drinking for health, not enjoyment. The toddler, naturally, loved it to pieces. Winking smile

Want to see?

Video: Baby Drinks Kvass

We didn’t even grab the camera until John had already demolished three taster cups of kvass, so here he is begging for FOURTHS (and he wants mine, too, but I’m keeping it away from the slime machine that a toddler becomes at dinner hour):

If you can’t see the video, click HERE to view it on You Tube.

You’ll hear in the video my husband quipping something like, “John will be the only one in the family who is “strong as bull” in a horrible Russian accent. That was referring to the side of the bottle:

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Tough to say if he’s “strong as bull” quite yet, although he has an uncanny reach when he drags a chair over to “help” at the kitchen counter or table. But he was awful happy!

Drinking Zukay Kvass (3) (475x356)

From the Company

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24 Comments so far ↓

  • Sarah

    Loved the video! My 20 month old is also the only one of my kiddos who will eat sauerkraut. Gotta start ‘em young!! :)

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  • Correna

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    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Thanks, Correna!

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  • Brandis

    Just beware! He may have, ahem, digestive troubles from drinking that much probiotic stuff all at once! Kvass can be powerful stuff, almost as powerful as kombucha. Not everyone has issues, but some do. I personally love beet kvass, and it would be fun if it were more commercially available so I can grab something healthy when I’m out and about, but I wouldn’t buy it regularly- it’s ridiculously easy to make!

    And keep trying fermented foods- there is something for everyone! My family has been really into the beverages lately, but it took YEARS to get my daughter (now 6) into them. I just kept trying different types in different flavors until we found something she liked. The first thing she liked was store bought (GT’s) ginger kombucha (she’s weird- super picky eater, but she LOVES ginger, parmasean, and garlic… not together, I just mean it’s weird for such a picky eater to like such strong flavors). So I started making it at home. Then she tried the raspberry chia, and she didn’t like the seeds but she liked the flavor, so I made raspberry kombucha at home. Then she finally tried the apple juice kefir I’ve been making for her brother for over two years, and she loves that the most. And suddenly Oliver (4) doesn’t want the apple kefir he’s been drinking for years, he wants the raspberry kombucha… that he only even tried because Izzy tricked him one day and told him it was strawberry lemonade:) My point- keep trying things and new flavors of things. It’s totally worth it!

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    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Brandis,
    That is hilarious; perfect “kid” likes and dislikes.

    I was worried we might stain the cloth diapers pink with the beet kvass he had at lunch today, so we’ll see! Thanks for the warning…I think he still had less than 1/2 cup, hopefully less than 1/4. :) Katie

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    Eileen Reply:

    Oops forgot to hit the notify me button so I can see responses.

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    Eileen Reply:

    I make water keifer but what is apple juice knifer?

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    Brandis Reply:

    Apple kefir is just water kefir made with apple juice instead of sugar water.

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    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Ohhhh…I usually “flavor” it afterward, but that’s a cool idea. So just buy organic apple juice and “kefir” it as usual as far as amount? I have to try that now…Thanks! :) Katie

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  • Kate @ Modern Alternative Mama

    We have some of that in the house now too. We’ve only tried the “Veggie Medley” so far. My husband isn’t going to even think about it (he doesn’t like veggie juice anyway). My daughter won’t touch it. My older son tried it, but didn’t really like it (and he likes most things). And, like John…Jacob LOVED it. He called it “juice juice” and begged for more.

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    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Oh! Jacob is talking that much already? My first was super precocious and verbal, so my standards feel high, but my John is still only using abuot a dozen words, maybe. :( Although he’s trying really hard to say both “kiwi” and “beet,” 2 fav foods this week…sometimes I worry I, um, spend too much time on the computer and not enough time talking to him!
    :) Katie

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  • Lacey @ KV Organics

    Oh Katie! Your little man is SO cute! :) I agree with Sarah above – gotta start ‘em young! My fourth one, 2 now and the only born after I started learning about all this stuff myself, is the only one who is super happy to eat probiotics. My four year old will drink them in a green smoothie. My 6 and 8 year olds will drink a clear liquid probiotic mixed in a shot of juice. They refuse to even try other options. I’m sure that has to do with what their mama knew and didn’t know during their earliest formative years. :)

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  • Cory

    LOL! My little guy took to the beet kvass about the same as yours! And my little gal just the other day came over to snitch some of mama’s drink…she made a face, pushed it away…and then promptly asked for more and drank half my glass!

    Oh, the glory of unspoiled taste buds, eh?

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    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    “unspoiled taste buds” – that’s exactly it! My 4yo asked today why John is the only one who likes it, and I didn’t answer but was thinking in my head, “Well, he’s never had McDonald’s, or candy, or donuts, or pretzels, or, or or….” :) Katie

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  • Maryanne

    What an adorable little guy! It is so great to start them off appreciating “real food”! I do my own fermenting and drink Keifr and Kombucha but would love to try the Zukay products! Thanks for sharing the pictures, story and video and for sponsoring! Congrats to those who won the “Better Than A Box” Huge giveaway — I was so hoping that I would win the “BIG” prize!

    You have a wonderful Blog and I enjoy your writing style and your good information! Thank you for taking the time and making the effort to share!

    Blessings!

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  • Eileen

    I’ve been making Keifer water for over a year and really enjoy it. I take it to my Preschool and about half of the 4-5 year olds will beg for it. When you talk about fermenting would you include Kiefer water in t hat category? I also make sauerkraut and really like it but my hubby won’t eat either.

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    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Eileen,
    So awesome that you asked, because I have a video for tomorrow’s post on water kefir, and a guest post on dairy kefir. Woot! :) Katie

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  • Oliver

    Water? What about water? Why are we in need of anything else to drink? All we need is water – after the breast milk, all our species needs to drink is water for the rest of days. We have this incessant need to “try” the latest health/nutrition thing – we have this need to seek for better healthier things. We end up going beyond the truth – water is the truth, the simple truth and the thing that sets everything right in our body – if we do only other simple thing to fuel our bodies like basic carb and fatty acids from a host of food groups. Get your babies addicted to that

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    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Oliver,
    Very true! But in our society, with the soil we have, it turns out most people benefit from and some people NEED probiotics. So you can pop a pill, eat fermented foods, or drink fermented drinks – this is the best way to get them for some folks. :) Katie

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  • domestic diva

    We drink kombucha, but I’d love to try this.

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  • Tom via Facebook

    Very importent drink bee+caro+sel=cool live;]

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  • Stephanie W

    Already happily subscribed!

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  • Leah G

    I make beet kvass regularly…we LOVE it. the kids 3 and 16mo beg for saurkraut. everyone thinks I’m crazy till they see them frothing on the floor demanding it and I mean piles of it not a tablespoon! they will also devour an entire quart of pickled sweet peppers if I turn my back. dont even get me started on water kefir, milk kefir, or kombucha.

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  • Dana via Facebook

    Love the smile on your little ones face as he drinks it up “aahh”! So cute!

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