Ok, so I've been enjoying the benefits of a paleo-style diet for a while. I foray into more neolithic diet only in a few areas. The first of those is dairy. I do eat some fermented dairy (raw-milk yogurt, Greek-style), cheese (mostly hard cheeses), and butter... however, my other foray is in the area of soda. I really like the bubbly refreshment, especially during "century days" -- for those who don't know what those are, they're the days in Texas where the temperature climbs over 100 -- especially on Gulf Coast Texas, where it's usually combined with pretty high humidity.
Several years ago, I ditched regular soda, and started drinking stevia-sweetened sodas (up to 3 cans a week). However, lately, I've been debating even letting go of those -- however, I still like that bubbly, light feeling. So I was thinking about changing over to KeVita, which is a coconut-based probiotic (fermented) drink. It's got just enough bubble, and it really isn't "sweet" per se. It's got a nice tang that is really refreshing. I'd like to get folks thoughts on whether this might be a worthwhile change (again, at the rate of about 3 bottles a week).
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I drink it sometimes as a substitute for kombucha actually. Yeah, I caught the kombucha addiction after giving up soda. Kevita is a much better choice since it has about half the carbs of most brands of kombucha. It's definitely better than soda, and also has some probiotics and nutrients. The only caution is that it contains inulin, which is a problem for many with IBS. I actually haven't had an issue, but I've done a lot of work getting my gut balanced. You should try joining a co-op and ordering wholesale if you drink a lot.
I think KeVita is a great substitute for sodas. I've been impressed with them, though they are too expensive for me to purchase on a regular basis...Instead of Zevia's sugar alcohols and zero nutritional value, you get the benefits of coconut water and probiotics! Definitely worth the extra money if that is something that keeps you from feeling deprived!
Can't imagine why KeVita wouldn't be a suitable replacement for soda. As the previous poster mentioned, the only drawback would be the cost (around $3-4.00 a bottle in my area), but the price may be worth it on "century days"!
I used to treat myself to GT's original formula Kombuchas when I wanted something soda-ey, but after the whole Lindsay Lohan/Whole Foods debacle, my area stores only carry the watered down "enlightened" version which doesn't do it for me.
I love Kevita!
Been drinking it for about 3 years or so. I buy it on sale for about $1.99 a bottle.
Then I stretch out the use of it by adding it to a glass of homemade veggie / fruit juice. In the blender (I use a vitamix blender) I put 1 carrot, 1 beet, juice of 1 lime, 2 celery stalks, 1 cup of spinach or kale, 1/2 cup of berries, 1 apple (apple is optional, I have also made it without the apple), and 1 cup filtered water. Blend until smooth. Mix equal amounts of juice blend with Kevita. Place in masson jars. Cover with a coffee filter and secure with a rubber band. Let sit at room temperature for 1 day and up to 3 days. Remove coffee filter and place on a lid. Refridgerate.
Pour over ice for a refreshing nutrient packed drink, or drink straight from the jar. Pack them in a lunch, grab on the go for breakfast, drink after workouts at the gym, etc. the jars are easy to take on the go. You can also freeze the mixture for a delicious frozen desert with zing! You can also use it in smoothie and quick bread recipes too.
The longer you let it sit on the counter, the more fizzy it will be.
Hmmm, I haven't seen this brand in my local Whole Foods. I'm not sure how I feel about Stevia, it seems that it is in each of their flavors. I have found Inner-Eco water kefir though, and it is like 15$ a bottle. Quite expensive but it has improved my digestion so far being through 2 bottles of it. They recommend 1 tablespoon per day and then move up as needed. I take 2 shot glasses per day, one morning and one before bed.
Also the Inner-Eco is just coconut water kefir, atleast in its original flavor. I believe their 2 other flavors have Stevia.
Here is the website: http://www.inner-eco.com/
anyone have any experience with both to compare?
if you can stomach it, i'd drink it. personally, i bought one bottle and it was so gross that i actually couldn't swallow the gulp i put in my mouth. i was actually wondering how the company thinks they can sell such bad tasting crap. gt's kombucha is where it's at!
Anecdotal, but I feel better after consuming this product. I'm skeptical of the Probiotics in such a beverage, but I think it's a solid and readily available option for many folks.
Many folks have been asking me if KeVita is kombucha - its not! KeVita's a vegan, dairy/lactose free naturally fermented drink and one of the four live probiotics in KeVita is derived from a vegan kefir culture. As for ingredients each of the 9 flavors are now Certified Organic and they are made using a base of Coconut Water, Tea or Purified Water, depending on the flavor. Here's the ingredient listing for Coconut KeVita: Purified Water, Organic KeVita Probiotic Culture (Bacillus Coagulans, L-rhamnosus, L-plantarum, L-paracasei), Coconut Water, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Organic Coconut Flavor, Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) Organic A Stevia. Feel free to ask me any questions customerservice@KeVita.com. Chakra Earthsong, Creator/Formulator of KeVita Sparkling Probiotic Drink
I've not tried KeVita, but I found kombucha a lovely switch from soda. It's a fermented tea with lots of good enzymes and amino acids and vitamins. Helps to clear out toxins in the system. I drink it in place of energy drinks and/or oda that I used to get before classes. Good stuff.
Like water kefir (KeVita), if you learn how to you can make it yourself or a fraction of the cost.
KeVita = the Water Kefir that's been mentioned here before. Strikes me you could make your own for substantially cheaper.
what was the lindsay Lohan/ Whole foods debacle about? I read on web md how some people have died from Kombucha! And I just got hooked on it! Any thoughts/comments? thanks
KeVita is a great option to traditional soda and works really well with the Paleo style diet and for anyone choosing vegan, dairy, lactose and gluten free foods. A Sparking Probiotic Drink, KeVita's packed with nutrients and a proprietary four strain probiotic culture. It's delicious and effective for supporting digestion and maintaining the immune system too. Made with high quality organic ingredients, the suggested retail is $3.49 per bottles. Watch for specials too, Whole Foods and many retailers are promoting KeVita at $2.99 a bottle or 2 for $5.00.