When a food or beverage has such vibrant, natural colors in it, you know that you have a good thing. Just look at the beautiful array above!
A couple of years ago, I was able to fly out to the annual Wise Traditions conference. Besides the very interesting speakers, the part I liked best was the food. They were serving amazing food there, but there were also many vendors who were selling their delicious fare. Zukay Live Foods was one of the stands I visited frequently. I feel in love with their fermented vegetable juices (or, as they call them, kvass) and treated myself to one every day, and, if I remember right, I even came home with one in my suitcase.
So what’s so great about them?
These vegetable juices (made with organic vegetables and celtic sea salt) are naturally fermented so that they are rich with probiotics and enzymes! If you are like me, you can have a hard time reaching the ideal of eating a fermented food several times a day. A product like this can be so helpful in adding variety! Plus, not only do you get the probiotics, but also you get all of the nutrients in the vegetable juice. It’s like vegetable juice on steroids. (They are now sold at many stores nationwide. You can check out whether they are sold near you here.)
One of the goals of Zukay is making fermented vegetables available to a wide audience (such as those who don’t have the time to make their own). Even for those of us who do make our own fermented vegetables at home, there are busy times when having excellent products like this are extremely helpful. Plus, I just think it is good to have a wide variety of real food, cultured products in our diet, and Zukay’s products are a great way to get that!
Anyways, they have branched out into some new flavors since then, so they sent me some of them to try. Here is my description of the flavors I tried:
Veggie Medley: Light in flavor, almost like a salad in a glass, with cucumber notes and tanginess.
Super Green: Lots of green flavor, with a bit of lemon and ginger.
Super Root: The most medicinal in flavor, the “rooty” ingredients like astragalus and burdock root, make this into almost a tonic.
Beet: Simple: This beet kvass allows the sour notes of the ferment to shine along with the beet.
Beet Ginger: The ginger balances the above flavors.
In my family, my husband’s favorite was the Super Root (which was my least favorite), my favorite was the Veggie Medley and the Super Green, and my two year old’s favorite was the Beet. (My six year old wasn’t too sure of any of them). All to say, personal preference here is very apparent!
These are quite rich in flavor, and it is hard to drink the whole thing at once unless you are used to drinking them. However, I am pleased that my two year old will drink a couple sips when I serve it to her, as even that amount will be a probiotic boost! By serving small portions, your bottle will also last longer as well.
Zukay is kindly giving away two prizes today to my readers. One person will receive their choice of 6 bottles of vegetable Kvass (Retail Value approx.$24.75). Ten runner ups will get a coupon for one Zukay drink to use at a local retailer who carries Zukay products. (Each coupon worth approx. $4.95). This contest is only open to those with a US address, and will end on April 18th (winners announced the 19th, and chosen by random.org).
Disclaimer: I receive a small compensation for doing giveaways with companies. I only do so far companies that I can fully recommend and endorse. Thank you, Zukay, for doing this giveaway with us!
Posted Edit: Zukay is actually giving away the ten coupons to ten people (one each), not just one.
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Love the rich red color and taste of beet kvass.
I would love to win because I want to be healthier.
The Zukay Live Foods KVASS would allow me to focus on healing during flairs when I do not have the energy to make it myself. I also see that they have flavors that are new to me. How exciting. Thank you for your consideration.
I am really interested to learn more about fermented vegetable juices and would love the opportunity to try Zukay.
I keep seeing Zukay products online and I’d really like to try them.
Beet ginger & super green sound yummy. I will have to check our local HyVee to see if they sell these. Living in rural Iowa, 30 minutes from a big city makes finding good products like Zukays challenging. Would you believe that we also can’t locally find grass-fed beef or pork!
Thanks for the giveaway. Hope I win! Would love to try this product.
I would love to have a healthier “juice” option for busy mornings! Thanks for doing these giveaways.
I would love to try this. I have never had anything like this. It would be fun to sample and see if we would love it.
We would love to try these! My entire family has a sensitive intestinal system and we eat as many fermented foods as possible. We would love to add these! Thank you!
I’ve never had kvass but I’d like to try it.
i feel healthy just looking at these! thanks for the opportunity for this awesome giveaway!
I am always trying to add in more fermented foods, and would love a ready-made veggie drink like this!
This sounds fabulous! Working into better nutrition can seem daunting – but adding little by little isn’t so bad. I haven’t quite gotten to the point of getting fermented vegetables into our diet yet and would love to try kvass. I’d like to see if it was so yummy it would inspire me to make my own. 🙂
I would love to try these!
I’ve wanted to try kvass for a while now!
I am very interested in trying these. I have been experimenting making kombucha and kefir, but have yet to ferment veggies, and veggie juice is even better.
Looks very interesting. I’d love to try it, but am doubtful my husband or three year old would like it!
Looking for more ways to incorporate fermented foods. Will have to check this out.
I love these. The Veggie Medley reminds me of a healthier version of V8. 🙂
Just started our family on a fermented foods kick, and have started making kombucha, sauerkraut and kefir. Been curious about kvass, love to try some.
I’d love to try this product. I’ve only tasted beet kvass once before.
I have heard a lot about these products and would really like to try them!
I’ve wanted this for so long but there isn’t any available in my state or neighboring states so I would love to win!
This looks really interesting and yummy! and kicks me in the pants for wanting to make my own kvass
I would love to try this! It sounds delicious! 😀
I’ve just started making my own sauerkraut, and was thinking about making beet kvass – it’d be great to have one to try.
I tried making fermented vegetables and it was a disaster. The benefits still interest me and this beverage-form looks ideal. I’d love to win.
I’d love to try these. We never get around to making fermented veggies. We’re always too tired to start what seems to be a grand creative endeavour!
Would love to try these. I really loved the Zukay salsa (which they no longer make) but have never tried kvass.
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I would love to try these! I’ve done some of these homemade but would love to taste the different flavors.
I’ve tried requesting my Whole Foods to stock it, and I hope they listen! 🙂 Would love to try all those flavors.
Would love to try this 🙂
You don’t very often find something pre-made that doesn’t include some awful ingredient. It is so refreshing to find a company that really cares about the health of those buying their product. I have not bought one of these yet and I would really like to try it!
Love the Beet Ginger Kvass! Making your own isn’t hard, but having a few bottles on hand is so much easier 🙂
Never heard of these but would LOVE to try! They look amazing and I am sure they are just as good for you.
I’ve tried two of their flavors and would love to try more. Thanks for the giveaway.
Oh I would love to try these and and also allow my friend who has cancer try them. I think they would be good for her.
I have never had kvass but I would love to try it. Awesome that it has probiotics.
I would love another fun source of probiotics for me and my baby.
This product looks very intresting .I am always looking for things that help me live a healthier lifestyle
I have been trying to find kvass everywhere and would love a chance to try it!
I love this stuff.
Can’t get this where I live, sure would love to win this!
I’ve tried their salad dressing before and really enjoyed it. I’d love to try the Kvass!
I’ve been seeing these around and would like to give them a try!