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You and I both know that probiotics are one of the most important aspects of health. What if, though, you have a dairy intolerance? That immediately eliminates two of the most common probiotic sources out there: kefir and yogurt. It’s hard to remember to take a pill every day, and there’s evidence that when taking probiotic pills, the bacteria might not even be alive when they reach the small bowel or when you take the capsule. So what to do? Well, the obvious answer is to find a probiotic food that doesn’t contain dairy! Sauerkraut is an excellent option, but not very instant gratification with a minimum of 4 days of fermentation and up to weeks to get the right flavor. (I’ve got some sitting in my fridge now that’s on it’s way). CocoKefir is a great ready-to-go option for those who need cultures you KNOW are alive, fast.
CocoKefir is just PERFECT. I love this product. The plain CocoKefir taste like a mix between coconut water and Kombucha. Sweet, but with a definite coconut flavor, slightly fizzy from the fermentation CO2. If you don’t like that flavor, though, the Apple Cinnamon tastes great, too! In fact, my 3-year-old daughter LOVED it. She kept asking for more “juice”. I even tried her out with the Citrus flavor and she liked that, too! It is pretty sour, though, so if you don’t like sour I would recommend sticking with the sweeter plain Coconut or Apple Cinnamon flavor. One serving of CocoKefir contains 15 billion good bugs and 7 strains of different bacteria per CocoKefir’s website. I have been drinking this stuff every day since they sent it to me last week, and I feel great. I’ve always noticed that my body does so much better when I’m getting a daily probiotic, and this is so easy to just keep in the fridge and pour a little out whenever I feel like it. FYI, CocoKefir recommends if you aren’t use to a probiotic regimen, to start with a tablespoon (teaspoon for kids) and work your way up to the 1/4 cup serving size. I, personally, have been drinking about a half a cup twice a day, but I have been doing probiotics for a while.
The CocoYo wasn’t as much my favorite. I tried it plain, and I could taste the Stevia used as a sweetener too strongly. I have been weaning myself off of sugars in general, so I think I would have preferred just a plain coconut yogurt without any sweetener, even a healthy one like Stevia. However, if you are used to the Stevia taste or enjoy it, I would recommend it. It’s smooth and the texture is good, just too sweet for me. Even though I didn’t enjoy it plain, I did make some killer smoothies out of it, which diluted the sweetness. I made one green smoothie with it including Spinach, Strawberries, Water/Ice, and CocoYo. This is perfect because it’s vegan, grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, and allergen friendly (unless you’re allergic to strawberries or coconuts, then you’re out of luck!). I didn’t write down the exact amounts that I put in the smoothie, but it was 2 handfuls of spinach, 3-4 strawberries, probably 1 cups of ice, 1 cup of water, and about 6 tablespoons of the CocoYo. It tasted amazing and it was the perfect amount of sweet.
I emailed CocoKefir, LLC because I’ve been wanting to try the CocoKefir when I heard of it, and they offered to not only send me one for free, but send one of YOU one for free, too! This is one of my favorite things about blogging! Just fill out the rafflecopter below, and you will be entered in to win a FREE 4-pack of CocoKefir/CocoYo, shipped straight to your door! They even put a nice little “black ice” pack in there to keep it cold, and that’s reusable! Here are a couple of rules:
1. Open to USA only.
2. Winner must respond within 48 hours and provide address and phone number so that he/she can be contacted to send the prize. If winner does not respond, another winner may be picked.
Good luck everyone!
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