How about some Dairy Free Coconut Water Kefir!!Young Green Coconuts and Kefir - Long Post, but LOTS of good INFO:
Most folks have tasted or at least seen the brown hairy coconuts; a green coconut is really the same food, but it is just younger. Many health food stores will carry them upon request.
The liquid of the young coconut has an abundance of minerals and is nicely sweet. It is a perfect medium for the growth of beneficial microflora. All the sugar disappears and a fizzy, sour, champagne-like drink, like a spritzer, is born!
What People Say About Coconut Water Kefir
1. It completely stops your cravings for sugar. Imagine the benefits of that!
2. It aids digestion of all foods.
3. It has a tonifying affect on the intestines, even flattening the abdomen!
4. It appears to cleanse the liver. In Chinese medicine the liver rules the skin, eyes, and joints. Coconut water kefir eases aches and joint pains. Many people report having a prettier complexion. They experience the brown liver spots on the skin fading away and skin tags, moles, or warts drying up and disappearing. Vision also improves.
5. It contains high levels of valuable minerals, including potassium, natural sodium, calcium, and magnesium, which explains why the hair, skin and nails become stronger and have a prettier shine.
6. It appears to have a beneficial, cleansing effect on the endocrine system (adrenals, thyroid, pituitary, ovaries). Women find that their periods are cleaner and healthier; some who had experienced early menopause have found this important monthly cleansing returning again.
7. It increases energy and gives you an overall feeling of good health.
Young green coconuts yield several delicious foods.
You can ferment the water (not "coconut milk") into that delicious, healing kefir. You can also eat the very special meat. Soft, pudding-like, and technically a seed, this meat is high in protein, enzyme-rich, and very easy to digest. Like all seeds and nuts, it is a protein fat, but this seed provides an excellent source of lauric and caprylic fatty acids. You can scoop the meat out of the shell and eat it raw, or you can put it in a blender with enough water to make it the same consistency of guacamole and then ferment it. Just add a kefir starter, and in 24 hours, you’ll have a sort of kefir "cheese," a fabulous fermented base for salad dressings, dips, or just plain eating as is. It’s like eating yogurt, only it’s dairy-free.!
How to Crack Those Coconuts
First, remove the 1-1/2 to 2 cups of water inside the young coconut and use it to make kefir. To do this, lay the coconut on its side and shave several layers off the bottom until a circle appears. If you keep on shaving, two more circles will appear and you’ll have what looks like a face with two eyes and a mouth. Place the young coconut in your kitchen drain so that the point fits into the drain. (This just holds the coconut steady.) Take a sharp object like a carrot peeler or apple corer and poke it through the bigger (mouth) hole. Rout out the hole, making it bigger, and then flip the coconut over onto a glass jar to let the water pour out.
Use the water from about four green coconuts with one package of starter (if you buy the Kefir starter culture), let it sit on the counter for 24-48 hours, and you’re all set. Otherwise, plop in your grains, and brew for 24-48 hours. You’ll know it’s done when the color changes to a milky white and usually there’s a bit of bubbling or foam on top. This means all the sugar has been removed. When you drink it, make sure it tastes tart and tangy. This is another sign that all the sugar is gone.
Special Notes: Getting to the meat of the coconut takes a little more work. A fine-toothed Japanese wood saw called a PULLSAW is sold by a few specialty shops or I've seen green coconut water for sale online in boxes like Rice milk comes in. This tool is imported from Japan by Takagi Tools, Inc. in Wilmington, California. It breaks into two parts and can be stored easily in your kitchen drawer or cabinet.
Ways to Enjoy Coconut Water Kefir
A half cup of the coconut water kefir with meals greatly helps digestion.
You can add ginger, stevia, lemon, and/or lime if desired. A half cup at bedtime will help establish a healthy inner ecosystem.
Studies from Europe show that when you are lying still during sleep, the microflora reproduce faster! In the morning, combine a half cup of the young coconut water with unsweetened cranberry or black currant juice, as a great wake-up tonic.
If you are lactose intolerant because you do not have dairy-loving microflora thriving in your inner ecosystem, begin adding them by drinking the coconut water kefir and eating young coconut kefir "cheese." You’ll soon find yourself enjoying kefir made from organic milk as well!!!