Sunday, January 29, 2012

Day 15: Rejuve- what??? Rejuvelac!!! get your probiotic naturally!

For the past few days I have making Rejuvelac!. Its not a complicated process, it just takes a little time but well worth it!. Get your probiotics naturally!!

Rejuvelac is the fermented water made from soaking sprouted wheat berries (alone or in combination with other berries, such as rye berries). It is extremely beneficial to the digestive system and intestinal tract as it contains eight of the B vitamins, vitamins E and K, and a variety of proteinsdextrinescarbohydratesphosphates and amylases. It is rich in enzymes that assist digestion and the growth of friendly bacteria, such as lactobacillus bifidus, which produces a lactic acid that helaps the colon maintain its natural environment. Lactobacillus bifidus also helps cleanse the lower intestinal tract. Once made it can be kept in the fridge for a month.

It is extremely important to include raw fermented foods in our diet. They are an important source of beneficial bacteria for the body. It is extremely important that they are RAW unpasteurized as the process of pasteurization kills all beneficial bacteria and enzymes, and then well, what's the point?. Many different cultures around the world eat fermented foods as part of their daily diets. Other fermented foods are: kimchi, sauerkraut, chicha, etc. 

So how do you make Rejuvelac anyway:

1.- Day 1: Combine the wheat berries and rye berries in a 24- ounce jar with a vented lid (or use cheesecloth to cover the top). Add 3 cups of water. Out the jar in a warm spot and let sit at room temp.

2.- Day 2: Discard the liquid. Transfer the berries to a nut bag and put the bag in a bowl. (I hang mine.)

3.- Day 2 to 4: Rinse the berries under cooling running water 3 to 5 times a day. (I only do it morning and night for sure. If I remember to do it at other times I do it.)

4.- Day 5: When the berries have tiny tails, that means they have sprouted!!! Rinse the sprouted berries once more. Put the berries in a one- gallon glass jar with a lid. Fill the jar completely with spring (filtered) water and let sit overnight in a warm spot.

5.- Day 6: The sprouted berries will produce 1 gallon of fermented liquid called REJUVELAC!!. Strain  and discard the berries, but save the liquid!, which is the rejuvelac. The liquid will be pale yellow, and cloudy, and smell quite pungent. Refrigerate for up to 1 month. The same berries can be used up to 3 times. 
This recipe has been taken from the book "Raw Food for Everyone" by Alissa Cohen.

Rejuvelac can be drank on its own, or used instead of water in a variety of recipes, such as grawnola, raw nut cheeses, and others!



“He who has health, has hope. And he who has hope, has everything.”  


Morning: Tomato, green chard, green onion, carrot, celery, garlic, red pepper, basil. 20 oz.
Lunch: cup of hot water with unpasteurized Miso.
Afternoon: 6 oz of wheatgrass in 40 oz of water.
Late Afternoon: Orange, ginger, carrot. 20 oz.
Dinner: Fennel, grapefruit, celery, pea shoots. 20 oz.
As I write: coconut water. 8 oz.

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