Review: Zukay Live Foods Kvass and Nikki’s Coconut Butter

Since we began Paleo Parents, we’ve been increasingly and routinely asked to review books and products by people in and adjacent to the paleo community. At this point, we get so many we are unable to actually do the reviews of the products in a timely manner! That’s why we recruited the Paleo Parents Review Team to fill in the gaps. Look forward to reviews on Tuesdays!

This week, our favorite foodie and photographer Aimee tackles two new food products we think you’ll love. We particularly love how she included her adorable children in the testing process. Read all about Zukay Kvass and Nikki’s Coconut Butter and pay particular attention to the giveaways!

Zukay Live Foods Kvass

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.
-From Zukay.com

This drink is valuable for its medicinal qualities and as a digestive aid. Beets are just loaded with nutrients. One 4-ounce glass, morning and night, is an excellent blood tonic, cleanses the liver and is a good treatment for kidney stones and other ailments.
-Sally Fallon in Nourishing Traditions

My kids are like night and day when it comes to food. Delilah won’t eat anything except hot dogs and cheese. Archer needs food every half hour. He couldn’t wait for me to cook some liver the other morning, so he tried to choke it down raw (He did not succeed). This means they are the perfect critics to taste new foods. If Delilah likes it, we know it must be a very tasty dish. If Archer likes it, we know it’s edible.

I love trying to ferment new things (kombucha, sauerkraut, ketchup, hot sauce.) However, unlike my other accomplishments, my beet kvass just became a gallon of mold soup; so, I was glad that I found Zukay kvass to try. I personally hate the taste of beets, so finding ways to ingest them for the health benefits and not want to hurl is a mission of mine. The Zukay beet kvass, however, I am a big fan of! But I hadn’t tried it on the kids. I couldn’t trust my own judgment in reviewing these drinks since I really do like most everything. I start salivating for sauerkraut just from writing the word, “ferment.”

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Super Green: (I think it’s pretty good!)

Delilah says the green kvass smells funny, but she thinks it tastes good. She finishes her sample while holding her nose.

Archer says it tastes good and smells good. Delilah is wrong. He gulps the whole sample.

Beet Ginger: (My favorite!)

Delilah just wrinkles her nose and pushes it away.

Archer says it is not yummy. It is in fact, yucky.

Super Root: (I like this one as well, but I am easy to please when it comes to the excitement of probiotics. I’m disappointed it’s root veggies and not root beer.)

Delilah says, “Ick. This should be called super yuck.”

And Archer tells me he it made him sick. He is sick now.

Veggie Medley: (I admit, I’m eh about this one because, Cucumbers.)

“Ick. I don’t like it. This tastes like apple fritters mixed with ice cream salad and chicken,” says Delilah. (Apparently, this combo is bad?) Archer says he likes it, but panics and says no when I ask if he wants anymore.

The tasting ends with Archer asking for more green juice. My hypothesis is that if your child likes kombucha, he will probably like kvass. If you’re trying to choose the best one for kids, go with super green.

Nikki’s Coconut Butter

 

We set out to create a healthy treat that tasted just as good as it made us feel. We wanted to create a dessert that we could incorporate into a healthy lifestyle.This is why we created Nikki’s Coconut Butter and we couldn’t be happier with the result! We hope you enjoy it just as much as we do!
-From NikkisCoconutButter.com

When I first started eating paleo, I was leery of the coconut thing since I didn’t think I liked the taste. A few months into my new diet, we went to the beach and I wanted to bring snack food on the long 17 hour car ride. I chose coconut butter since I could get it at Whole Foods—thus an addict was born. I would go to the pantry and take a tablespoon whenever I felt snacky. This lasted about two jars before I was coconutted out.

However, I think Nikki’s just reawakened my urges with their flavored coconut butters. They aren’t as guilt free as plain, since they do contain honey, but a spoonful of Macadamia Nut Cookie or Chocolate Hazelnut Brownie makes me happy and less stress means less inflammation, right? I wasn’t surprised that I adored these two flavors, but I was curious if my kids liked them. I also wanted to try a recipe from the Nikki’s site, since these jars must be good for something besides falling headfirst into a quick bite here or there.march2013 web-6978

My kids were skeptical after their last taste testing, but when I handed them each a spoon and said it was dessert, they dove right in. Delilah took a bite of the Macadamia Nut Cookie and deemed it just okay (no surprise there). Archer said it was so-so, but went back for more (no surprise there either). I produced the Chocolate Hazelnut Brownie and their faces lit up at the sight of chocolate. Delilah took a few bites and said it was delicious. Archer just kept eating. And eating.

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I chose the Mahi Mahi recipe to try since I am more a protein than dessert girl (desserts always means less laziness.) I even made my own Old Bay for it! Sometimes I surprise myself. The coconut butter was the perfect crust and the fish was cooked perfectly. Delilah even said it wasn’t bad (the equivalent of calling me a culinary genius).  Archer gobbled up his half, but said he didn’t like the spice. I gobbled up my half and did like the spice. I can’t wait to try the other flavors…Midnight Mocha is calling my name.

In my fish reverie, I didn’t even notice Archer grab his spoon and the jar of Chocolate Hazelnut Brownie…

The Giveaways!

The fine people behind these products would like to give one of you some of their products to try for yourself! Zukay Live Foods would like to give you a six pack of their Kvass with the flavors of your choice and Nikki’s Coconut Butter is giving away two jars of your choice!

STEP 1: Simply follow the directions in the widget below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

STEP 2: If you’d like to be sent a coupon for a free drink from Zukay Live Foods, comment below and tell us why (must complete Step 1 first) you’d like to try it! There will be ten winners

BONUS: if you message Zukay on Facebook after you like their page with your address, they will send you a coupon book for discounts on Zukay Kvass!

DOUBLE BONUS: if you buy Nikki’s Coconut Butter, enter the discount code “PALEOPARENTS” at checkout to receive a 5% discount!

This contest ends on March 26th at midnight. Good Luck!

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  • Sarah Malloch Charles
    March 19, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    I would love to try Zukay Kvass! I am just starting to really do strict paleo and I am very interested in trying out new things!

  • Mirandroid Jones
    March 19, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    I’ve never tried kvass, but I would definitely like to.

  • Carren
    March 19, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    I am looking for more ways to incorporate beets into my diet. Beet Kvass seems like a worthy thing to try.

  • Elizabeth Rose
    March 19, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    My kids, like yours, have a difficult time knowing what they are going to like by looking at the bottle, so having the coupon to try it free or at a discount makes sampling through the flavors to find what works best for us more economical! ha ha ha! We would love to try the drinks and the butter. YUM!

  • Liz
    March 19, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    I have never tried beet kvass and am interested in consuming more fermented drinks and food. I eat only Paleo foods.

  • Bonnie Stone
    March 19, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Am I going crazy? I can’t find the “like” button on the Amazon page. Didn’t it used to be somewhere around the price /author? Maybe I need more bacon…

    PS – I’d love to try the kvass. I’ve just recently tried Kombucha (after a month of attempting to eat Paleo, mostly successfully). I’m open to incorporating more “good stuff” into my diet – the easier the better!

    • Stacy & Matt
      March 19, 2013 at 11:42 AM

      Totally weird Bonnie! No idea where the button went. Hopefully an Amazon glitch they’ll fix soon..?

  • grannyp53
    March 19, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    I tried to find the like button on Amazon, too. Couldn’t find it, so I preordered the book!
    I’d love to have a coupon so I could try a couple of the flavors of kvass. I’m not very adventurous when it comes to fermented foods, so having a coupon would “make” me try it!

    P.S. Great post, by the way. The kids make great testers. I’ll bet the sales of Super Green double! I’ll try that one and the Beet Ginger.

  • julzie245
    March 19, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    I would love to try kvass since the last time I had was many years ago back in Russia

  • Alfred Guy
    March 19, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    I want to try kvass because I am new to fermented foods. Plus, I like free stuff!

  • Kelsey
    March 19, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    I’d really like to win a coupon for a free drink from Zukay Live Foods! I’d never had kvass before this weekend. I picked up a bottle of the beet kvass at Wegmans the other day, and while I did not think it was ‘yucky’ I also didn’t like it. I’m really interested in trying the Super Green because Delilah and Archer, in their adorable taste test, did a really good job of convincing me I’ll probably like it.

  • ledawnk
    March 19, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    I would like to try Kvass, cause I’ve never tried it and I’m interested in trying more fermented foods.

  • Fitness by Nutrition
    March 19, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    As I am obsessed with ferment food I would love to try, and because I am a health coach and would be great to recommend products that I have tried to my clients….

  • Laura
    March 19, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    I’ve never had kvass before but am interested in trying it! Working my way through different fermented foods so this would be great to try!

  • Tamara
    March 19, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    I would love to try kvass and get my kids to try it, too

  • Yana
    March 19, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    I love beets in any form!

  • ChristieB.
    March 19, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    I have never tried kvass before, and I would love to try some. I’m in a fermentation rut, so finding another ferment would be great.

    I can’t find the “like” button on Amazon. I’ll try again later, if I remember. I couldn’t find it on other book pages either. Maybe they’ve taken that option away?? That would be a bummer.

  • Colleen
    March 19, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    I would love to try some free Kvass .. I had never heard about it until today and would love it for my husband, daughter and I. We are striving to become a pure Paleo household and any product helps!

  • Aimee
    March 19, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    I would really like to try some Kvass. I live in an area with no resources for stuff like this. I have to drive a few hundred miles for the nearest TJ or Whole Foods.

  • Heidi Te Grootenhuis DeKok
    March 19, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    I would love to try Kvass because I am looking for ways to introduce more fermented items into our lives.

  • Alicia K
    March 19, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    Would love to try Kvass! A variety of fermented foods make life more fun!

  • JessicaD
    March 19, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    I would love try some kvass! I have never had it before

  • Michelle
    March 19, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    I’m always looking to add fermented foods to my diet, and I haven’t tried kvass yet. I’d love to try it before attempting to make my own.

  • heather
    March 19, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    Yea for healthy digestion! I love fermented food!

  • Jen A
    March 19, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    A non dairy fermented option that shouldn’t bother my breast feeding sensitive baby 🙂 thanks for a chance at trying it.

  • Nichole Rydberg
    March 20, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    I’m rather new to fermented food and drinks. Would love to try this brand out. Thanks for the reviews!

  • Debra
    March 20, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    I’d love to add more fermented foods/drinks to my diet. My first batch of sauerkraut is in the jars now, but i haven’t tried Kvass yet!

  • Catherine Wiggins
    March 20, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    We are working on improving our health and are learning to enjoy fermented foods! I have my first batch of kombucha started, and will be following shortly with sauerkraut! I have only recently learned about kvass, and am absolutely intrigued!

  • Mindy
    March 22, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    I’m trying to incorporate more probiotics and fermented veggies in my diet to improve my gut health…especially organically sourced ones. These drinks seem like the perfect fit! It seems I’m more consistent when drinking my veggies and probiotics than eating them. The Zukay drinks sound convenient, affordable and yummy!

  • Eileen @ Phoenix Helix
    March 23, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    What a well written review! Thanks for going into such detail and having your kids be taste testers as well as yourself. You made me laugh, and I have a much better idea of how these products taste, through your triple reactions.

  • Rebecca Byrnes
    March 26, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    I have never tried fermented drinks and would love the chance to try any of these and have my kiddos try it with me!

  • Deb
    March 26, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    I’ve been wanting to try Zukay’s products but there not in a store near me yet. Fingers and toes crossed that I win :0)

  • susanjoy
    July 20, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    The beet-ginger kvass is amazing…

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