It’s not easy to introduce my kids to new foodstuff.
Looks and smell have something to do with it.
If it doesn’t look good — forget it; if it does not pass their olfactory (smell) standards, chuck it too.
So, when I was introduced to the health benefits of kefir, I wracked my brains as to how to get them to drink this. First of all, plain kefir is not exactly akin to the commercial yogurt or Yakult we are used to. It is sourish and has a smell that needs getting used to. The light greenish color of kefir does not help either (if only I could pour in yellow or red food coloring…but THAT would be UNHEALTHY, right?)
Then I came across an internet article that suggested blending in fruits with kefir. The only no-no about choice of fruits was that it should NOT BE CITRIC. So no oranges, lemons, calamansi, dalandan…(you get the point…)
I have tried banana, mango and honeydew melon (mango is THE popular choice hands down!). I fill the blender more than halfway with kefir juice, then put in slices of fruit, blend them all into a smoothie, add ice and voila! KEFIR SMOOTHIE READY TO GO!
Not only do the kids drink them willingly, some of them even ask for it when they come home! It is actually a very refreshing drink when drank after chilling in the ref.
As summer comes in and more fruits come into season, it would be interesting to try papaya, watermelon, avocado, maybe even durian!
I will be researching other recipes using not just the juice but also the kefir grains as ingredients. Till next kefir post!