Blueberries and Cream “Kefir”

P1030240I’m actually smiling as I write this. Well no. I was smiling a few minutes ago. Now I’m just feeling like a trussed turkey in this heat. But the reason I was smiling is because I was sipping on this fantastic blended fruit tonic called Blueberries and Cream “Kefir”. It looks like a heavy smoothie but it has the lightest of textures and belly-feel. I can’t really handle milkshakes and smoothies. I’m too, uh, delicate 😉 So thus use of a non-dairy nut mylk is perfect for my kapha dosha constitution. Also, berries are constituted as an astringent, dry fruit which is also perfect for kapha types.

I found this gorgeous recipe from Meredith Baird, partner to Matthew Kenney, King of all raw foodists. In her description, Baird says about blueberries that they improve memory and stabilize the nervous system. They are also low in calories and sugar. The addition of probiotics gives it an extra digestive boost. She closes by saying that this is  a great smoothie to give to kids before school.

Before we go further, the question is, “What is kefir?” Very simply, kefir is a fermented drink made up of yeasts and bacteria, packed with nutrients and vitamins and good for your belly garden. The reason why kefir is in inverted commas ”   “, is because this smoothie simply has the probiotic powder and not the actual kefir.

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This is the dairy-free probiotic powder I use which can easily be bought at any organic store.

 

Here’s the recipe:

2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries

1 banana

1 probiotic satchet

2 cups of your favorite nut mylk

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Soak 1 cup of almonds overnight then blend with 2 cups of water on high speed. Place a nut mylk bag in a measuring jug then pour the mylk out. Squeeze the excess liquid out through the bag. This is your nut mylk. Use the pulp to make cookies or dry to use as flour.

Blend the berries, probiotic, banana and mylk until smooth.

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Artisanal Tree Nut Cheeses

Delicious Taipei retails delicious tree nut cheeses anywhere in Taiwan. Tree nut cheeses are dairy-free and cultured with  home-brewed, brown rice (gluten-free) or rye seed-based probiotics in Summer and a gluten/dairy-free store-bought probiotic in Winter. Probiotics are good bacteria that cleanse and protect the digestive system from bad bacteria.

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This is a batch of home-brewed probiotics made from sprouted seeds. The process takes about 1 week.

Our gourmet tree nut cheeses are made with cashews or macadamia. Here’s why they’re good for you:

Cashews: Two most important things about cashew are that they are magnesium-rich (the heart and head love magnesium) and they’re also the best dietary nut meaning that they are a great aid to weight loss because of their high fibre and dense energy.

Macadamia: It contains a good oil and they are rich in minerals magnesium, manganese, potassium, calcium and iron. Also, they’re divinely rich and creamy

This is our delectable range of tree nut cheeses:

cashew original

cashew original

cashew sundried tomato and olive

sundried tomato and olive

 

preserved meyer lemon and fresh rosemary

preserved meyer lemon and fresh rosemary

onion and garlic

onion and garlic

Aged Macadamia - the cashew will have a similar look

Aged Macadamia – the cashew will have a similar look

plain cashew NT700
sundried tomato/ olive cashew NT750
preserved meyer lemon/ rosemary cashew NT750
onion and garlic cashew NT750
 aged cashew NT850
plain macadamia NT900
sundried tomato/ olive macadamia NT950
preserved meyer lemon/ rosemary macadamia NT950
onion and garlic macadamia NT950
 aged macadamia NT1,050

To order, email/call prish(at)delicioustaipei(dot)com/0975-021-931