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#1 of 10 Old 09-18-2009, 02:00 PM - Thread Starter
 
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My 8 year old won't even look at it--too sour--and I don't want to load her up with a ton of suger to make it palatable. Any ideas for 'hiding' it? If I bake w/ it, those no benefit, right?

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Toss it in the blender with some frozen fruit and call it a smoothie. That's how I get my DH to drink it.

Or I mix up about 1/2 a c of it with a Tbs of maple syrup and some cinnamon. It's usually enough to take the edge off the sour, but the cinnamon helps "hide" the tart also.

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Thanks--I hadn't thought of cinnamon!
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1 cup of kefir, 1/2 a frozen banana, some frozen berries and honey to taste.
Add a drop of vanilla if desired.

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Yup. My 7-year-old wouldn't look at my goat milk kefir if I don't make it into a smoothie. I use sweet fruits i.e. strawberries or banana, cocoa powder, and some honey. Instead of kefir I call it "strawberry-chocolate smoothie and he loves it. He knows it's made out of goat milk kefir but he doesn't fight drinking it any more.
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I have no trouble with my dd eating kefir. She likes to help strain the grains and she always tries to ea tthe grains. She says "kefir babies, yum". She likes it plain. Yeah weird. It is goats milk kefir and I let is sit up to 2 days.

I agree about the smoothie idea. I find that Nutiva hemp protien mixes are really strong in their own yummy flavor and it makes it tastes really good if added to your berry smoothies. I like the Amazon Acai since it has no added sugar.
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Our absolute favorite way to make kefir is 1 1/2 cup kefir, 1 1/2 cup mango (we freeze it) and 1 tbsp honey (or other sweetner). DELICIOUS!!!!!!

I will also make a berry smoothie type drink, or a chocolate one (hot chocolate mix, banana, and strawberry) and pour them into popsicle molds that the girls LOVE!

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There are tons of benefit in just 1 teaspoon or 1 tablespoon of kefir. That is easily hidden in juice or smoothies. Also, water kefir is more mild in flavor, imo.


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We blend it with coconut milk, cocoa powder, frozen bananas, peanut or almond butter, and sometimes a spoonful of honey. Yum! A chocolate milkshake!
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I know this won't help the OP, but for anyone with a baby or young toddler looking--- START THEM EARLY!!

Some of DS' very first foods were plain yogurt, plain kefir, and fermented veggies. He totally has a taste for sour.

The other side of the equation is to watch the sweets (even fruit), the more they have, the less they'll tolerate the sour, bitter, etc flavors.

To OP: fruit, honey, maple syrup. But do a little less and a little less (I mean minute) every few days until you get down to just a touch. If you plan to do this---don't use red (or brightly colored) fruits, they'll notice the color getting lighter!!
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