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How to Make Kefir

How to make kefir

Kefir production begins by collecting a group of kefir grains and soaking it in the liquid that one will use to ferment the grains. The most common of such liquids is milk. Although a starter set or collection of kefir grains are necessary to start the fermentation process, kefir grains grow in size and number during the fermentation process as well. Obtaining grains for one’s starter set is easy, as they can be bought or even asked for free from kefir growers.

Traditionally, a certain percentage of kefir grains are infused in milk in a container that is covered and free from acid. The container should be shaken or stirred a couple of times a day to ensure proper fermentation. The container should not be filled so that the kefiran and carbon dioxide produced during the expansion for fermentation will have room to grow.

One more thing to consider during kefir production is where that container is stored. Make sure that it is in a dark place to ensure ultimate absorption of nutrients. After 24 hours of fermentation in 68-77 degrees Fahrenheit or 10-25 degrees Celsius, the grains are sieved from the liquid and are put in another batch of liquid for the second fermentation stage.

The temperature during this second time is no longer very relevant to the fermentation process. Just ensure that the temperature is in the range of 104 degrees Fahrenheit and 39 degrees Fahrenheit or 40 degrees Celsius and 4 degrees Celsius.

This second batch of liquid is now ready for consumption. Some preparation methods tend to keep the second fermentation longer so as to make the liquid sour and thicker.

Kefir can be produced using powder cultures available in a variety of health shops. The resulting kefir from the starter set could be kept for future fermentation.

To know more about this wonderful grains:


Creamy Apple-Grape Salad

This yummy treat is best to serve for dessert. A colorful dessert treat for the whole family to enjoy!

apple grape saladIngredients

  • 2 yellow apples, cored and diced
  • 2 tart green apples, cored and diced
  • 2 red apples, cored and diced
  • 2 cups Seedless Grapes
  • 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed


  1. In a large bowl, combine the diced apples, the chopped candy bars and whipped topping. Mix them well and serve.


Banana Kefir Smoothie

Go ahead and enjoy this cool drink for a quick breakfast or as snack after hitting the gym.

I learned about this drink when I was in Singapore. It’s a simple drink that I can make at home in a few minutes, literally.


banana kefir smoothieIngredients


  1. Place all the ingredients in a blender and puree until fully smooth. Serve chilled.


PS. Did you guys see my Instagram post? I got mobile topup credits from Recharge SG for a local sim card in Singapore during that time. The internet speed there was awesome. No where near what we have here at home. That’s just ordinary mobile internet. Their lined wires there were 10x faster! I couldn’t believe it.


Homemade Blueberry Smoothie

For those who loves to drink smoothies everyday try making these delicious smoothie.

blueberry smoothieIngredients

  • 1/4 cup Sucanat (or other sweetener)
  • 1 cup frozen organic wild blueberries
  • 4 cups homemade kefir


  1. Blend ingredients all the indgrients until fully combined. Pour into any container and refrigerate. Shake before serve.


Quick Fish Curry

This fish curry tastes so delectable and its easy to make that the whole family can enjoy!

Quick Fish CurryIngredients

  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 400g can tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 200ml vegetable stock
  • Icelandic cod fillet, skinned and cut into big chunks
  • 1-2 tbsp madras curry paste (Patak’s)


  1. In a deep pan, heat the oil and gently fry the onion and garlic for about 5 mins until tender.
  2. Add then stir-fry the curry paste for about 1-2 mins then tip in the tomatoes and stock.
  3. Bring to a boil, then add the fish. Gently cook the fish for 4-5 mins until the fish flakes easily.
  4. Serve immediately with rice.


Yogurt Fruit Salad

This salad recipe is very simple, quick to prepare yet it so delicious. You can use any type of fruit you want.

Yogurt Fruit SaladIngredients

  • 3 apples, cut in chunks
  • 1 can pineapple tidbits, well drained
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 6oz strawberry yogurt (kefir)
  • 1 cup Cool Whip
  • Maraschino cherries for garnish if desired


  1. Combine in a bowl all the ingredients and stir well to coat. Serve chilled.

Tip: Leave out the bananas if you want to make it ahead and add them right before you serve it.


Pork Stir Fry

This is a simple stir-fry recipe with pork and vegetables. Try preapring this recipe if you need a tasty dinner on the table in a matter of minutes.

pork stir fryIngredients

  • 1/2 pepper
  • mange-tout
  • courgette
  • mushrooms
  • baby sweetcorn
  • 1-2 pork chops
  • Fresh noodles

For the marinade:

  • 1 tbl spoon olive oil
  • 1 tbl spoon soy sauce
  • 1 tb spoon honey
  • 1 tbl spoon lemon juice


  1. Cut into thin strips the pork. Mix the marinade ingredients together and add the pork. Slice the vegetables.
  2. Into a pan, tip the pork and the marinade, stir fry the pork until is lightly browned.
  3. Then add into the pan the vegetables and stir fry for about 7 min. Add and stir fry the noodles for a further 3 min.


What’s the Deal with Weight Loss Supplements?

weight loss supplementsWhen people hear about weight loss supplements, they think about pills and whatnot to speed up their trimming down. I tend to disagree about these terms as they seem more than a bit contrived as well as completely unimaginative. I think that it’s a little spoiled to have that kind of mentality.

The word “supplement” by itself means something that enhances a particular object or experience—it does not automatically mean medicated edibles. So think about it, what can support your weight loss program? What can make the trimming down perhaps more personalized and fun?

For one thing, friends can make the ride go faster. But the thing about this is, yes, you can have a support group for your endeavor but there is a tendency to talk shop all day long. I mean, are you really going to talk about your diet all day—how boring.

So I would say, perhaps one of the best weight loss supplements are level-headed friends who don’t take themselves too seriously. This way, it doesn’t all become about the program, there’s still some semblance of a sane life. After all, there is a world outside your weight loss agenda.

Weight loss supplements can also be in the form of tasty whole foods as opposed to tasteless no calorie abominations. Zero calories, really, are you kidding me? When I see food products like this, I literally cringe and anticipate an unhappy time in my mouth all the way down to my stomach.

Yes, losing pounds is great but giving up on real and delicious food negates all of that because food is unarguably one of the best experiences that anyone in life can have. I’ve never seen much of a point in being thin when all you could ever eat is a saltine that could use a little bit more salt. Calories are a measurement of energy, energy is the ability to do work—it’s not all that bad.

Weight loss supplements can also mean having quality rest. Much of the trimming down that takes place is when your body is at rest after a good work out. It repairs itself—why would you cut off something that is essential to your body?

weight loss supplementsWhich is really just another variation of the question about food right? Basically, what I’m trying to say is that the best complement to being healthy is the quality equipment to go with it. It’s very rarely about pills that promise you everything but in reality, just fall short.

I’m not saying weight loss products don’t work—they do, of course, I can’t dispute that. But there’s also a great catch to them, sometimes even to the point of being detrimental to one’s goal. They can only work well when taken in a certain way, and that way isn’t always healthy.

The best weight loss supplements are ideally, the best supplements to have a fantastic life as well. It doesn’t take a genius to see that. And it shouldn’t take an article to convince you of that either.

Acknowledging the Mind Body Spirit Connection

mind body spirit connectionThough often scoffed at, the mind body spirit connection is a very real link. The psychosomatic facet very often affects the physical boundaries of a person’s being. Thus, emotional and mental stress can often affect a person quite like nothing else.

For example, a girl who has gone through sexual abuse can sometimes resort to gaining an extraordinary amount of weight. Though she might not know it, she is treating the weight as a stronghold —a layer of physical protection so to speak. Indeed, the mind body spirit connection works in ways in which we have no forethought of.

Another example is people who resort to self harm. Often, we think that cutting is a cry for help, a means for attention. But consider this—the only people in the world who do this are often the sad and lonely; they match their outsides to their insides.

Take personal stress into account, it can often lead to minor sicknesses like a cold, or a fever. When a person’s mind is taking a beating, his body usually takes the rap for it. For some reason, the mind body spirit connection is very rarely at odds with one another—even if we (at a conscious level) constantly are.

But this connection is not always a bad thing. Think about happy, pregnant women who have a certain glow about them—the happiness from within radiates into something that even other people can recognize and see. When the spirit is placated, the body is also rewarded.

Another positive example comes in the form of love. Notice how people in the throes of a new love are always looking fresh and perpetually exultant, how noticeably better they look. Funny how other people can see something only, yourself, can feel.

mind body spirit connection-How this piece of information counts as a vote in your favour, you might be thinking. Well, now that you know how this relationship works, it’ll be easier to distinguish whether or not your health concerns extend to the psychosomatic aspect. I’m not saying that it always does, but if you have a long-standing headache that not physician could diagnose, maybe it’s time to look at the problem from another vantage point.

Learn to listen to yourself. We are trained from early childhood to deal with traumas and struggles privately, and as a result, we mistake burying it deep into the subconscious as dealing with it. But that couldn’t be further from the truth.

By simply trying to forget, we are not dealing with it—we are just compounding the issue (after all, the worst demons are the ones you cannot talk about). The mind body spirit connection bids us to listen well and confront ourselves. The ills of the body may just be manifestations of grief.

The mind body spirit connection is a magnificent thing. It is all the things you ignore that must be resolved. It can alert you to issues that you may not even be aware of, if only you would take the time to pay attention.

How Do I Lose Weight Safely?

lose weight safelyThe problem with trying to lose weight is that you become so obsessed about seeing that number on the scale dwindle down that you start to lose your mind. You are suddenly crabby and emotional and you make decisions that you know are ultimately unhealthy. On the way to losing weight, you forget how to lose weight safely.

How can you keep a balanced diet without sacrificing your favorite rich foods? How can you keep from alienating all the people around you because you’re too hungry to care? These are the things that diet guides don’t really tell you.

When people think of how to lose weight safely, they limit it to the standard advice—watch what you eat and keep everything in moderation. But the truth is that just doesn’t cut it. After all, if it did people won’t be clamoring for even the teeniest tip just to make the undertaking easier.

What makes the bid to lose weight safely such a hard task? I think it rests on the fact that what you’re essentially doing is transforming yourself, forcing a change, and that can’t be easy. So, of course, it’s only natural that it’s as much emotional as it is physical.

Having said that, one of the most important factors in trimming down is perhaps the support group—a unit that cheers you on and reinforces your goals. When you have a group that gives you the confidence to achieve what you set out to do, it becomes a little bit easier. And knowing that there are people out there who understand what you’re going through is comforting.

To lose weight safely is not just about making the right gustatory choices; it’s also about keeping yourself sane. Be aware that the diet overhaul isn’t the only thing in your life that is important—it’s not the end all and be all. Outside that, is your life.

lose weight safelyI think that it is also healthier to understand that every diet should be thought of as a pursuit for health. It’s not a race to lose pounds safely until you understand that safety does come first. And the endgame is not losing the unwanted mass, but to feel better about one’s wellbeing.

It is easy to spiral into an obsession about the numbers on the scale; it is easy to be addicted to the results that can only be verified by devices. But it’s just as vital to assess what you feel in connection to what you see. Listen to what your body is telling you.

Do you feel that this is adequate or do you feel that it isn’t ever enough? When an ample amount of weight has been lost and you still lean more towards the latter, I think that would hint towards another problem entirely. That’s something to consider.

To be able to lose weight safely, you have to look after your emotional and mental wellbeing as well. Weight loss is never just a physical thing. It is a culmination of head and body working well together.