Squamish Water Kefir
You might bump into the Squamish Water Folks at the Vancouver Farmers Market and their delicious drink is a centuries old fermented drink that is packed full of the probiotics and beneficial enzymes that our bodies love.
Many people are familiar with milk kefir, but what about water kefir? Both products are fermented beverages that use "grains" of kefir culture to ferment sugars into goodness. Although both products are referred to as "grains", these are not actual grains like wheat or rye, but rather colonies of live bacteria and yeast living in symbiotic relationship, sometimes referred to as a SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast). The kefir colonies look like little crystals, or "grains", hence the name.
Squamish Water feeds their water kefir grains fair-trade organic cane sugar following a simple, time honoured recipe, using an authentic two-step fermentation process that takes place in water.
Not only does the fermentation process significantly reduce the sugar content to just a few teaspoons per litre, it also produces digestive enzymes, pre-digested nutrients, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and billions of probiotics as a result.
Probiotics are crucial for maintaining a healthy gut intestinal microbiome, which in turn, is essential for proper digestion, optimal immune system function, mood, sleep, and overall wellbeing.
Traditional cultures have a long history of using fermented food or drink as a staple in their diets, and these ancient crystals have passed through thousands of hands before finding their way to our kitchen - we love to take this wisdom from the past and apply it to our modern lives.
If you cannot tolerate dairy, or if you are just looking for a low-sugar alternative to juice and sodas, our water kefir is adored by kids and adults alike, and can be a fun and easy way to quench your thirst while adding a wide range of probiotics to your diet.
100% organic, dairy-free, gluten-free, and caffeine-free.
Oh, and it’s delicious.