Refreshing and packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, this blueberry elderberry water kefir is a delicious drink! Naturally paleo and gluten-free, and safe for vegan and full GAPS diets, too!
Fun summer drinks.
As things start heating up around here my family starts grabbing all the cool, bubbly drinks. Though I’d probably be ok with hot chocolate or golden milk all year round, it is nice to have something fun to cool off with.
My kids love a glass of kombucha or switchel, and elderflower champagne is also a favorite. And while I do love those drinks (along with frappes and frozen hot chocolate, of course) my personal favorite summertime drink is water kefir.
While milk kefir is more like a drinkable yogurt, and makes great popsicles, smoothies, and salad dressings, water kefir is more like a non-alcoholic champagne.
Not only does it have fun bubbles and taste great, water kefir is one of the best dietary sources of probiotics available. It’s a great drink for gut health and perfect for anyone who wants to boost their immune system. Water kefir is even beneficial for people on an anti-candida diet, since the probiotics in it fight yeast overgrowth.
And as an added bonus, it’s super easy to make! All you do is set the kefir grains in a jar of sugary water on your counter for a couple days, strain and bottle and you have a delicious, healthy drink in your hand! If you’re worried about consuming sugar, don’t let that hold you back here. The sugar in water kefir is eaten up by the grains during the first ferment, so there isn’t any left in the final product.
Blueberry Elderberry Water Kefir.
While the health benefits of water kefir are plentiful, the flavoring options are plentiful too! My family loves elderberry kefir, and so I recently decided to step it up a notch and add in blueberries.
Blueberries are one of my family’s favorites summer fruits! They’re amazingly nutrient-dense, low in carbs, and high in vitamins! Blueberries are packed with vitamins C, K, and B, and are also full of minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, zinc, and copper.
Elderberries have some awesome benefits, too! They contain more vitamin C than oranges, and are an anti-viral, antibacterial, immune-boosting powerhouse. Elderberries also help our immune system effectively attack viruses and bacteria. I always use them to make homemade elderberry syrup to boost my family’s immune system, but it’s fun to find other ways to use them, as well.
More fun options.
If you’re a fan of this blueberry elderberry water kefir, you’ll probably love these fun summer drinks, as well. They’re all nourishing and delicious – perfect for kids and adults, and perfect for summer.
- Honey-Sweetened Elderflower Champagne
- Mixed Berry Switchel
- Cranberry Apple Switchel
- Iced Coconut Matcha Latte
- Homemade Mango Soda
- Fizzy Ginger Lemonade
- Elderberry Water Kefir
- Frozen Hot Chocolate
- Honey Sima
- Iced Raspberry Leaf Chia Tea
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Blueberry Elderberry Water Kefir
Free from grain, gluten, egg, dairy, and refined sugar.
1 quart water kefir (learn how to make it here)
1/4 cup fresh or frozen organic blueberries, lightly chopped or smashed
2 tablespoons dried elderberries (I use these ones)
Once your water kefir is ready to bottle, strain out the grains and set aside for your next batch.
Pour the water kefir into a quart-sized canning jar (like a wide mouth mason jar), or any jar that has an airtight sealing lid.
Add in your berries and seal the lid tightly.
Let ferment on the counter away from direct sunlight for at least 24 hours.