Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Chai Kefir

Sometimes I love kefir. It is frothy and bubbly and oh so mild and satisfying. For a girl trying to be gluten free (and having a hard time of it during breakfast time) kefir is a good immunity support and full of protein. Throw in some granola and some frozen raspberries and you have yourself a great breakfast.

Then there are times when I HATE kefir. There are times where I cannot face my kefir. It is slimy and sour. It is tedious to make for a woman who cannot even find 5 minutes to drag some eyeliner across her face. Sometimes getting the last sip down is torture. And don't forget the times that the pink mash of granola, raspberries and kefir has ended up in the garbage can because I just can't stomach one more bite. Please can I just have my sausage egg and cheese sandwich please??!!!

Eating the same thing over and over makes me nuts. I need change. I need freshness. Call it spring fever.

So my friend suggested I try his kefir recipe.

Chai Kefir

1 teaspoon spice mixture**
1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
1 cup kefir

Place all ingredients in a jar and shake until the sweetener is incorporated into the kefir.

**For the spice mixture, just mix all of the following together:
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon turmeric

This yummy drink is really refreshing and the turmeric has many health benefits! But what I really appreciate is that this kefir helps me stay on track and get those hard boiled eggs down, even when the muffins are calling. And oh...the muffins do call.


  1. It just takes some time, you will get the hang of it. Since you live in New York it might even be possible that there is someplace you could buy a decent loaf of gluten free bread. For the rest of the country we have to make our own. Every weekend I make bread. You get used to it and you can work it into your schedule. If you don’t want to make bread try quinoa and eggs for breakfast, or get some corn tortillas and do huervos rancheros with black beans and Greek Yogurt. How about some nice coconut flour pancakes? Or you can do a big batch of gluten free waffles then freeze them and pop them right in the toaster like egos. I do Masa waffles, they are so filling and not too sweet. Shauna Ahern just posted a recipe to her site for gluten free oatmeal muffins, that might be something for you to try. The chai kafir recipe looks good. I haven’t made the leap to kafir yet maybe this will be my push. Hang in there!


  2. We have enjoyed the kefir grains that you gave us but I admit that it is work on a lot of mornings!