The other day my good friend inspired me to add some figs to my kefir. I’ve seen many people do this and have been curios of the flavor that would come from it. When he showed me that fizz…I knew I had to.
Instantly when I purchased some figs it hit me to make a root beer — it just made sense to me that a combination of vanilla, ginger and other earthy spices with the figs would be a delicious combination.
As a child I gave up pop at the age of 10 due to attending my first health class. Not many know this about me but that’s when I started my “health journey”. I was 10, in 5th grade and a health class I took just struck a chord. I went home told my mom how nasty pasteurized milk was and quit pop at the same time.
I remember before I became a health nut though that root beer was one of my favorite sodas to drink. Being able to make a home made, probiotic-rich version sparked up the little child in me again! I love when I can come up with nostalgic recipes that can be eaten with love that also help our bodies. This is one of them!
Root Beer IS Good For You
Now obviously the store-bought stuff is going to likely be loaded with sugar, poor quality ingredients and pasteurized killing all the gut-friendly bacteria and other help benefits. Making home made root beer however is a wildly good-for-you recipe. Just check out a few of these ingredients!
- Kefir- The base of this root beer is a fermented beverage. Fermented foods are loaded with lactic bacteria that promote immunity, digestive health, brain function and in result, clear and healthy skin!
- Vanilla Bean– This deliciously aromatic bean has been used for centuries for it’s antioxidant and cognitive enhancing properties. Vanilla contains vanilloids that activate receptors in the body that reduce inflammation and improve cognitive function. Vanilla can also be used to calm the stomach and relieve stress, which benefits the gut, skin and overall functionality of the body.
- Astragalus– This ancient herb is a miracle worker. It’s a powerful adaptogen, lung/sleep tonic, and overall Qi builder. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, Qi is life force energy. With strong Qi we have more energy, power and immunity. When Qi is weak, people get sick easily and are prone to skin problems like dry skin.
Over all, root beer made home made with real ingredients and properly fermented will be a immune boosting, energizing and skin healthy drink! Remember, the skin is a reflection of the inner body (organs, digestive system, and hormonal system).
If you want beautiful skin, taking in fermented foods is a great way to support the body while you work to support the spirit, mind and emotions. I share more recipes like this and endless wisdom in my Rediscover Your Skin course.
Root Beer Kefir Soda
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 quart of plain kefir water (recipe here)
- 1 tsp mollasses
- 2-3 black mission figs
- 1 tsp licorice root
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp astragalus
- 1/2 tsp grated ginger
- 1/2 tsp sassafras
Here’s how you make it:
- Once you have your plain kefir made it’s time to make into a flavorful and fizzy root beer by combining it with the above mentioned ingredients.
- Place your fermented kefir water into a new clean mason jar (grains removed) add in all the ingredients, seal with a lid and let sit for roughly 8-10 hours. It’s already fermented this time will be for soaking in the flavor from the herbs and digesting the sugars/minerals from the figs and molasses, which will make it very fizzy!
- Once the 8-10 hours is up you’ll have a very fizzy final product so open the lid of the mason jar carefully. Serve by pouring through a nylon strainer into a glass and viola!