Zukay Live Foods Kvass Review and Giveaway

Zukay Live Foods Kvass

Recently I was contacted by Zac from Zukay Live Foods, who asked me if I would be interested in reviewing their Zukay Live Foods Kvass.  Never one to turn down a chance to try something new, I told him to send some over.  :-)

What the heck is kvass, and what is it made of?

Kvass is a raw, naturally fermented (probiotic) beverage made from bread or vegetables.  In the case of Zukay Live Foods, they source raw, organic vegetables – locally and in season whenever possible – from Lancaster Farm Fresh Co-op.  They use a few dry roots, herbs and spices from Mountain Rose Herbs, and a small amount of raw, organic stevia for sweetness.  The salt they use is Celtic Seas Salt from Selina Naturally, which has a full range a natural minerals.  The vegetables are naturally fermented (think sauerkraut), then juiced and bottled – that’s it.

You can view full ingredient lists online  on the Products Page.

A typical ingredient list (in this case, the Super Green Kvass ingredients) is as follows:

Ingredients: Water, Organic Cabbage, Organic Fennel, Organic Kale, Organic Spinach, Organic Chard, Organic Lemon, Organic Ginger, Organic Watercress, Organic Wheatgrass, Organic Spirulina, Celtic Sea Salt, Hand-Batched Live Active Culture, Organic Raw Green Stevia

What does Zukay Live Foods Kvass Taste Like?

The kvass tastes very veggie, and a little salty sweet.  The flavor is bright and crisp – I think it would make a great sports drink substitute on a warm summer day.  My youngest wasn’t too excited about it – he prefers water kefir – but my eldest has been sipping away.  I think it’s his favorite fermented drink to date.

What health effects might the Zukay Live Foods Kvass have?

Most of us don’t get enough vegetables in our diet, so this is a great way to get more vegetable nutrients in an easy to drink, easy for the body to use form.  The drinks contain natural antioxidants.  Probiotics are known to improve digestion.

Just to warn you, the beet products may have a strong cleansing effect. Typically this results in gas and a short, quick bout of diarrhea, followed by a marked increase in energy from the cleansing. Some people have had a cleansing effect from the non-beet products, but it is less common.  Personally, I found myself burping a bit when I consumed larger quantities of the beverage, but had no other side effects.  (The beverages are not carbonated, so this was a new reaction for the Zukay crew.)  Smaller amounts did not have the same effect, but it once I started drinking it usually tasted like “more”.

From the Zukay website:

When you’re talking about Veggie•Biotics, you’re talking real, traditional, life sustaining food. Zukay’s Veggie•Biotic kvass drinks and salad dressings are made only from raw, organic, farm fresh veggies that are fermented in the ancient traditions, using only wild cultures we hand-batch ourselves.

Why does this mean so much? Probiotics have become huge news in the natural food world, and for good reason – they’re necessary for good health, and the modern American’s guts are under siege. But they’re not all made equally. While many companies offer all kinds of lab-made lactobacilli and probiotic blends, Veggie•Biotics like Zukay’s kvass and salad dressings offer you the original probiotic – the one that kept mankind healthy and vibrant for millennia. The only other thing you get from Veggie-Biotics is something you want and need – a tremendous amount of pure, untouched raw vegetable nutrition. Our Veggie•Biotic products have no added sugars, no fillers, no natural or artificial flavors, gelatins, or any other ingredient that you just don’t need.

Where is Zukay Live Foods located and who owns it?

Zukay live Foods is located in Eastern Pennsylvania in beautiful Butter Valley on the edge of rural Berks and Montgomery counties in the Pennsylvania Dutch countryside.   It is a small business founded by Scott and Cathy Grzybek – not a subsidiary of some global food giant.

Where can I buy Zukay Live Foods Kvass?

Zukay has a store locator on their website to help you find a store location near you.  It may also be purchased online at Wild Mountain Paleo Market.

Win Zukay Live Foods Kvass

Zukay’s Live Foods has generously offered to provide a slew of samples to Common Sense Homesteading readers.

One grand prize gets a case of the product (their choice of 6 drinks $24 value)

Ten runners up will get a coupon for a free bottle($4 value)

Finally, anyone that likes Zukay Live Foods on facebook and sends us a message with their address gets a 4 page coupon book with $5.50 in savings over 7 bottles of product. (Your address won’t be sold or used again.  It will ONLY be used for this promotion)

To enter, simply use the rafflecopter widget below (those who are receiving this post via email must visit the site).  For your first entry, leave a blog post comment telling us which Zukay Live  Food Kvass Flavor you’d like to try.  Facebook and Twitter users can earn additional entries.

Be daring!  Try something new!  Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
 

No purchase necessary to win.  Open to residents of the US and Canada.  This is not a paid promotion. Zukay provided the samples and I agreed to share my opinion of them with you because I think they have a good product. I am not an affiliate of Zukay Live Foods, and I did not receive anything for this promotion other than the kvass samples.

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Comments

  1. Jessie Chester says

    This is a fantastic promotion. My family has many health impairments that I am carefully working to resolve naturally through diets and lifestyle choices. Would love the opportunity to try your products and see if they could become a staple in our new regime! Thanks for the generous offer. Good Luck to all that enter. Stay Blessed and Be Well!! :)

  2. Jessica Jedziniak says

    I am always a fan of green drinks but I think the beet sounds fascinating! So I am going with beet on this one!

  3. Farrah says

    I’ve made beet kvass before, but never tried these others. I’d love to try them to see what they’re like.
    Inspiring!

  4. Amy M says

    I would most like to try the “Green” drink because I have a hard time getting a large amount of greens each day like I would like to!

  5. Dana says

    Would love to try any of the flavors. Although the Veggie Medley would probably be what others in my house would want to try :)

  6. Cyndia Montgomery says

    I’ll admit I’d never heard of these drinks before but I really want to try them. I’m working on eliminating junk from my diet and strengthening my immune system and building energy. Getting more veggies in my diet is always an issue.
    Gonna check them out, and I hope I win!

  7. Shyanne says

    I’d like to try “Veggie Medley”. Many of the veggie drinks that have carrots in it don’t taste all that great. If this one taste good, it’d be something I would look into.

  8. Sherry England says

    Something went wrong when I tried to post the first one. It said I had already posted and I had not so I posted again and both of them came up.

  9. cptacek says

    I think the super root one looks interesting. Ever since starting fermenting excess yellow squash this summer, I have been hooked on fermenting foods! Although, I did get a “die off” headache the first time. That just means I had things that needed to die!

  10. Gerard Repko says

    I would love to try this as I have had to have 10 surgeries for intestinal blockages in the past. And the last few years I have been and am currently dealing with a beazor, un undigested mass in my stomach that creates great discomfort and in the past hospitalization with heavy drugs. My wife has yet to find me a probiotic that I can stomach. I haven’t eaten in days and generally have a poor diet. Long story short ;) I need to try an alternative healthy substitute. I’m not getting any younger, and I need to start taking better care of my health. Please help. I want to be around for my wife.

  11. says

    We are always looking for new drink options for our autistic li’l guy. We have to stay away from regular sodas because of the HFCS and we like to stay away from dyes as well. This sounds like it might be a fun option for him!

  12. Theodore Kelly says

    I want to make more beet kvass but I am out of whey and raw milk has been pulled off the shelves in California where I live. Can I use probiotic caps like in other fermented foods or beverages? If so how many? What else could I use? I ordered raw goat milk whey powder but I see that may have been a waste of money since I just read here that it can not be used as it doesn’t tolerate the drying process.

    • says

      You can ferment kvass without whey, just by salting the vegetables, fermenting and then juicing. This is what Zukay does. Otherwise, you can collect whey from a good quality yogurt. Just strain it through a flour sack towel or yogurt strainer.

  13. Shiloh Duffy says

    I love Beet Kvass!!! I made my first batch this fall, with homegrown beets. I have never heard of the other combinations. I think that Beet would be my first choice, followed by “Super Root”, and lastly “Super Green”.

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