I confess. I sneak probiotic-laced ingredients into my family’s diet.
I’m religious about my own probiotic routine, and I talk about the importance of natural probiotics with my clients, but I’ve had the cancer wake up call and I know a healthy gut is the root of well-being.
My family, not so much. I often disguise “fermented” foods under the veil of something else, and this week I have pulled off one of my greatest attacks yet…it’s the Trojan horse of probiotics and you need to try on your own family (is it crazy that I’m advocating war tactics when it comes to feeding your loved ones!?)
I made a coconut water kefir sorbet, using 4 ingredients! It’s easily one of my simplest recipes to date. Strawberries and peaches are in season, and are on the lower glycemic index of fruits. They seemed like a good match and with a little mint to bring out the flavors, I had my combo. You can easily pass off as a rehydrating afternoon treat or post dinner dessert, and no one is the wiser!
The beauty in using coconut water kefir, is you get the hydrating and electrolyte benefits of coconut water, combined with the super-powers of kefir.
Young coconut water is loaded with minerals, vitamins, anti-oxidants, enzymes, and amino acids. The coconut water kefir contains two good bacteria strains, lactobacillus and bifidobacteria, both which create helpful intestinal flora. This creation of flora aids with digestion and provides immune support. Coconut water kefir is amazing for flushing out the liver and promoting good digestion, by keeping our microbiome balanced. All this adds ups to anti-viral and cancer fighting powers!
This recipe is ridiculously simple, organic, gluten and dairy free, and delicious! I guarantee you can pass this off to your family all summer long with zero complaints!
Add ingredients to blender. Blend until mostly smooth, small chunks of fruit are okay. Pour mixture into shallow glass pan (I used a glass bread loaf dish 8.5” x 4.5” x 2.5”). Freeze for 2-3 hours. Allow to soften slightly before serving (I let mine sit out for about 20 minutes before scooping). For even more probiotic powers, top your scoop with a 1/4 cup coconut water kefir.
Tip: Try making as a popsicle too, use the same base and pour into popsicle mold. Slightly warm to release from mold, and viola, your kids will love these as fruity treats!
Holistic Nutritionist & Lifestyle Cleanse Expert, Los Angeles
After being diagnosed with cancer when she was 32, Elissa Goodman explored holistic alternatives and combined them with traditional treatments and was able to beat the disease. Her husband wasn’t as fortunate; he succumbed to Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma when he was only 45 after a regimen of doctor-prescribed chemotherapy and two bone marrow transplants. Her personal experience led her to realize the many ways in which nutrition and lifestyle affect our ability to deal with health challenges.