How do I incorporate probiotic and prebiotic foods and beverages into my daily diet?
Lots of people have been trained to take supplements. Supplements are designed by the pharmaceutical industry, and generally are not real food. our bodies naturally heal when fed real organic food, especially plants grown in rich organic soil. The closer we are to nature, the happier our bodies heal and maintain balance. muun chi has developed a probiotic coconut milk kefir that is fun to eat with the prebiotic no grain granola and no grain muesli. I like to eat this combination in the morning with my green smoothie, or in the evening sprinkled with cacao nibs (which are naturally caffeine free and have a calming effect). muun chi probiotic beet kvass and kefir/kvass I sip first thing in the morning to get my system moving, and then I’ll sip it while I munch on muun chi probiotic cheese and prebiotic no grain crackers as part of my afternoon pick up. Eating muun chi products ensures you are feeding your gut everything that makes it happy and in the best form - food! I love that my snacks energize and balance my gut. muun chi prebiotic chews are my on the go snacks. I carry them in my muun chi tin, and are the perfect addition to my daily routine. Add an apple, or a handful of broccoli, and my gut is soooo happy!
How do I pronounce kefir’?
In America, most people pronounce it ‘kee-fur’ with the accent on the first syllable, but Europeans will often correct you and say, ‘oh you mean ka-feeeer’ with the emphasis on the second syllable. Since Kefir originated in Europe, I find myself pronouncing it ka-feeer. Pronouncing it this way, reminds me of its origins, which is always a nice thing.
The cool thing is that no matter how one pronounces it, kefir is probably the most powerful probiotic out there. It is packed with billions of good bacteria and enzymes that will help your gut in so many ways, and in turn boost your immune system, and help cut sugar cravings.
How do I eat my 'kefir'?
Traditional kefir is a fermented probiotic dairy beverage that people in Europe drink to balance their guts, and muun chi kefir is the functional, vegan version. I started making it because I couldn’t find a yogurt that was unpasteurized, free of cane sugar, and plant-based. Plus, I wanted to try a different probiotic since the gut likes diversity, and I hadn’t yet had a kefir.
There are so many benefits from organic coconut milk that I decided to try and make a coconut milk kefir in my mama muun kitchen. The result was amazing. Muun chi kefir is like a thick shake - it’s light and fluffy, almost like a creme fraiche. Some like to eat it with a spoon, with our muun chi granola sprinkled on it, or reversed, with our granola in a bowl, and the kefir spooned atop the dish of granola or muesli. Others like to drink it like a shake. There’s a natural effervescence that reminds one that it’s alive and working in the gut. Unlike most kefir and yogurt that are heat pasteurized - which kills most of the bacteria - muun chi kefir is raw and packaged fresh in a clean glass vessel that can be returned, reused or repurposed. There is no need for refined sugar, as the coconut milk is made sweet by mother nature. Because it’s free of dairy, there’s no inflammation or bloating, just pure joy.
What’s the difference between a Probiotic and a Prebiotic?
A real food probiotic is a live culture that has been naturally fermented and is packed with billions of microorganisms that populate your gut and strengthen your gut microbiome. The fibre of the probiotic cannot be digested but it populates the gut with good bacteria. The prebiotics are food for the probiotics (or bacteria in the gut).
If you think of your gut as a garden; the probiotics are like seeds that you want to plant in your garden. While the prebitoics act as the fertiliser.
What’s a kvass?
muun chi kvass is a modern day version of an ancient slavic probiotic fermented beverage originally made from rye bread, then later created with beets to boost the immune system and keep the russian soldiers from contracting infectious disease during war time. muun chi kvass is fermented with beets, upcycled orange peels, banana peels and ginger. Our classical beet kvass has earthy tones and is often sipped as you would a wine. Both the classical beet and the jazz beet are great liver cleanses and blood tonics.
What is a kefir/kvass?
mama muun created the kefir/kvass as a lighter, slightly more effervescent than the classical. Our jazz beet kefir/kvass is often served over ice, and has a fun tang that keeps your gut happy and in tune. It’s a refreshing experience that you’ll love to alternate with the classical beet. Lots of athletes drink our kefir/kvass or kvass to increase the amount of oxygen the blood carries, lowering high blood pressure naturally with the high levels of nitric oxide provided by the beets. A diet that includes the muun chi kefir, kefir/kvass and kvass provides the diversity of good microorganisms that make up a healthy microbiome.
Is it safe for me to eat banana peels and orange peels?
Our banana peels and orange peels come only from organic fruits, they are triple washed using a blend of Dr. Bronner’s organic oils. They are then dehydrated and mixed with superseeds and nuts to create snacks and teas that are high in fiber and dense in nutrition. Banana peels are typically eaten in the Indian culture, and orange peels are eaten in Chinese cuisine. Peels are packed with antioxidants and nutrients as they are the first line of defense for the fruit from the outside world.
How do I get muun chi probiotics and prebiotics?
We can be found in several stores, we also deliver through Real Fuel to your door, or you may subscribe, and pick up at a convenient location near you. Please see our shop page for details on the subscription packages that we offer.
What is functional vegan?
Vegan has become a buzzword for healthy eating. People hear ‘oh its vegan, it must be good for me’. But just because a food is labeled vegan doesn’t necessarily mean it’s good for you. The food may be processed, laced with refined sugars, or contaminated grains, deep-fried or covered in sauces made with preservatives or artificial thickeners.
Functional vegan is a plant-based, organic food that has health benefits, where the plant is raw or minimally baked so as to provide or preserve nutritional value to the health of the individual.
If the plant has been grown in soil that has chemicals, toxins, hormones, then the plant no longer is clean and now can pass these harmful toxins into our system. When we ingest foods that are not clean, our bodies have to find ways to eliminate or protect itself often causing inflammation and chronic disease.
Why handcrafted and artisanal?
We make muun chi with the intent to create foods and beverages that are not processed for mass consumption. It is made in small batches with love and care. muun chi is made fresh when food’s nutrients are at their best. There is never anything added to preserve and make it last. Natural fermentation is what we use to preserve our products. Factory mass production may be fast, but at muun chi, we want to find time to handcraft, and add mama muun love.