Rejuvelac is an inexpensive fermented or probiotic drink that is easy to make and refreshing to drink and packed with wonderful nutrients for your body. A healthy probiotic also known as rejuvenating enzymatic water as it contains vitamins B, K and E, proteins and enzymes.
Where does rejuvelac come from?
Rejuvelac is produced through the germination of seeds such as rye, wheat, alfalfa and quinoa, also from barley, oats and buckwheat. This drink is a ferment, that means that if you drink it, its nutrients will be assimilated quickly by the body without spending much energy in that process. Fermented foods contain many enzymes, the same ones that are necessary in our body due to a diet where it is overcooked, and that causes our level of enzymes required for good digestion to be lost causing various digestive problems.
The benefits of rejuvelac
As an aid to digestion, this probiotic can provide the benefits of treating constipation and cleansing the intestinal tract. It also contains lactic acid, which can be helpful in destroying harmful gut bacteria. It works for the development of friendly bacteria that function naturally as a resistance against foreign bacteria. In general, rejuvelac can help the colon function properly by introducing lactobacilli into the colon's pathway. This helps get rid of toxicity and promotes health. What's more:
1. It helps in digestion due to the large amount of enzymes, this prevents flatulence
2. It promotes beneficial bacteria in the colon such as lactobacilli bifida that also detoxify, generate lactic acid and B complex vitamins
3. Rejuvelac is a drink that helps to boost the immune system
4. Reduces inflammation in problems such as gastritis and colitis
How to prepare rejuvelac - enzymatic water
The following ingredients make 1 liter of enzymatic water:
· 55 g. raw lentils (4 tablespoons)
· Water enough to soak and activate the seeds
· 1 liter of pure water
· ½ lemon
· 1 strainer
· 1 elastic band
· 2 wide-mouth glass jars
· 1 glass jug
· 1 piece of tulle to cover the jar
1- We wash the lentils very well with water.
2- Place the lentils in the jar once clean and add pure water (2 times more than the amount of the lentils). They are left to soak for 12 hours to activate.
3- After that rinse and drain. We place the bottle at an angle (about 45º) so that there is no water.
4- As the bottle must be in the dark, we cover it with a non-transparent cloth leaving the mouth of the bottle free. We rinse and drain again two or three times a day.
5- When the shoots are ½ cm. They are now ready to start the rejuvelac process (in the photo you can see the sprouts after 48 hours. Surely, at 36 hours they were ready to start the next process.
6- With the sprouted lentils we fill a large cup or four small cups. This is the amount needed for 1 liter of rejuvelac.
7- That is to say that raw lentils, after activated, quadruple in volume.
8- We place the germinated lentils in the well washed jar. We add 1 liter of pure water.
9- We cover the mouth of the bottle with the tulle to which we fasten with the elastic band. We let it rest for 48 hours at room temperature. After that time, the Rejuvelac is ready. The water is cloudy, amber, with foam on the surface and with a slight yeast odor.
10. We strain the water (we do not discard the seeds of the process; we reserve them).
11. We cut 1 fresh lemon and take one half.
12. Squeeze the lemon and pour the juice over the enzymatic water.
13. Transfer the drink to a glass jug with a lid and place it in the refrigerator.
With the residual sprouts reserved from the first Rejuvelac, we prepare an additional half liter of enzymatic water. Let it ferment for 24 hours and strain again (do not rinse the sprouts that were left from the first preparation).
This drink can last up to a week, but it is best consumed as fresh as possible.
It can be drunk alone or in combination. With water kefir and fruit juice it gives rise to the "trienzyme" drink. It can also be used in energy smoothies and soups, as an ingredient in seed cheese and in other recipes.
Recipes with Rejuvelac
Pink champagne with Rejuvelac
In a jar or vessel, place a ¼ cup of honey and add 1 liter of Rejuvelac and 2 tablespoons of beet / beet juice.
Cover the jar with a cloth at room temperature, leave it for 24 hours so that the bubbles are formed, a product of the fermentation.
Strain on a cloth to obtain a cleaner liquid, if you want, when serving it in the glasses, place some mint leaves and enjoy this delicious drink.
Almond Cheese with Rejuvelac
Soak 100 grams of almonds in hot water to facilitate the removal of the shell of the seed. Leave for 12 hours, after this time, pour the water and peel them.
Place in the blender and add the rejuvelac little by little until it is creamy, not liquid, transfer to a bowl and cover with a cloth for 24 hours.
After this time, beat gently, you can add dry spices such as coriander, parsley, salt, pepper. or others you prefer.
It is ready to spread on bread, on sandwiches or as desired. It can be kept refrigerated.
Tropical Energy Soup with rejuvelac
· ½ cup rejuvelac
· 2 prunes previously soaked
· 1 portion of papaya
· 1 handful of sprouted alfalfa
· 1 handful of sprouted sunflower
· 1 ripe banana
· Blend in the order given and consume, you can vary with avocado, mango or soursop.
Masks with Rejuvelac
Rejuvelac is also very beneficial for treating skin problems, from dry skin, helping to leave skin glowing, and removing blemishes on the face.
For oily skin
· ½ ripe pear
· 2 tablespoons rejuvelac
Preparation: Macerate the pear and mix the ingredients well, apply to the face and leave for 20 minutes, then remove with cold water, then use a moisturizing cream.
For skin with acne
· ½ cup of clay
· 4 tablespoons of rejuvelac
Preparation: Make a mixture that can be spread, apply to the face and leave for 10 minutes, remove with infusion of calendula.
For a healthy skin
A handful of finely chopped crispy parsley
· 2 bananas, marinated
· 1 tablespoon of rejuvelac
· 1 tablespoon of natural yogurt
Preparation: Mix all the ingredients, place on the face for 20 minutes and remove with warm water. Perform the application 2 times a week.
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