Beet kvass

Beet Kvass

My first batch: First, let’s drink to fantastic colors. And then good health.

As a lover of deep, vibrant colors, the second I saw a picture of beet kvass I knew it was my destiny to brew a batch of the red-violet tonic. Fortunately, that turned out to be an easy destiny: All you do is chop up some beets, throw them in a jar, add salt and water, and let them sit for a few days.

The recipe I used came from The Nourishing Gourmet, which has tons of other info about the drink. To quote Nourishing Gourmet, which quotes Sally Fallon’s Nourishing Traditions:

This drink is valuable for its medicinal qualities and as a digestive aid. Beets are just loaded with nutrients. One 4-ounce glass, morning and night, is an excellent blood tonic, promotes regularity, aids digestion, alkalizes the blood, cleanses the liver and is a good treatment for kidney stones and other ailments.”

Most importantly, the kvass is indeed drinkable–no ickiness to report at all.

Bottoms up!

The Spunky Coconut’s Chocolate-chia Milkshake

Spunky Coconut's Choco-Chia Milkshake

Sumptuous topography: cacao powder, chia seeds, honey, and coconut milk.

It was through this wonderful (and maybe even healthy?) Spunky Coconut  milkshake that I discovered I’m a big fan of cacao powder.

Not only does it taste fantastic in iced milkshakes, but cacao powder also gives you natural, steady energy. Suffice to say, it’s become a staple in my summer diet.

Btw, The Spunky Coconut is an absolute treasure trove of gluten-free, sugar-free recipes that still taste indulgent–you must visit this site!