How to make, Blueberry and Coconut Water Switchel
Reclaiming good health has been an ongoing task, with good days and then a dip into bad days. Until I eat something that offends my gut, they are all good days, the problem is that what offends is always a surprise. I have narrowed my choices to organic whole foods, and for the most part, the process works. The problem?
Variety, pure and simple. Sometimes I too get hungry for that ice cream cone or fast food sandwich. But when I do step off my healthy eating plan I pay a heavy price. And where health is concerned that price seems to get bigger each time. The solution is to create more interesting food and beverage to enjoy and nourish at the same time.
One change that has made a big difference for my own gut health is the addition of probiotic-rich foods. While I do take a supplement, it is the different strains of good bacteria in food that have made the difference. Unfortunately, we (so far!) are not big fermented vegetable fans. While we love sauerkraut, the other fermented vegetables have not been well received at our table.
One easy solution to this dilemma is probiotic-rich beverages. Currently, we purchase kombucha in various flavors, from time to time. Bottled kombucha is the beverage I will choose when we stop for a cold drink, and fortunately, it is easier to find in the market than ever before. At home, I make water kefir on a regular basis. And Switchel.
Switchel has been made to nourish our bodies for years and years and years. Also known as haymakers punch, it is a simple mixture of apple cider vinegar, ginger, maple syrup (or honey and molasses ) and water. If you are drinking this to replenish your fluids during hot weather, a heavy dash of salt can't hurt.
Here lately I have been substituting coconut water for plain water, and I have been adding some fruit for a twist on flavor, which led to this combination. Switchel is very easy to customize, you may make it strong on flavor or big on water, your choice. You will find in the recipe below a suggested range of measurements, the full measure of any ingredient other than the coconut water will provide a stronger flavored Switchel. I have made it both ways and for me, it is about the water, the one area I don't consume enough....
Blueberry and Coconut Water Switchel
by the seat of my pants
makes approximately 1 quart
2 T apple cider vinegar - tip, shake the contents to get a touch of the "mother" before you measure
2-4 T pure maple syrup ( not pancake syrup)
1-3 t finely grated fresh ginger
1/2 - 1 c blueberries, frozen is fine
Place the apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, ginger, blueberries and 1/2 c of the coconut water into a wide mouth quart far. Puree using a stick blender.
|I prefer the finely grated ginger when using a food plane.|
Cover and let rest on the counter 24/48 hours to allow mild fermentation. If desired stain mixture through a mesh strainer into another quart jar, Refrigerate.
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