Whatttta year!#@?! While it's been a toughy, one positive to come out of the big 'C' is that we've all been gathering around our kitchen counters more than ever fermenting up a storm (HELLO sourdough).
To celebrate all this culinary bravado, we've collaborated with our mates at I Quit Sugar to share our all-time Ferment Faves!
From kombucha makin' to pickling a Remedy rainbow of veg, each recipe is an ABSOLUTE party-in-your-mouth cracker.
The best bit is that whether you're a fully-fledged ferment genius or an absolute NEWBIE, it doesn't matter! You'll enjoy these utterly calming to make recipes all the same in this 2020 craze. PLUS ferments are theeee BEST homemade gift ever, so be sure to drop off a jar full of goodness to all your nearest and dearest to try (Chrissy gift-giving sorted).
Fun Fact: The first batch of the Remedy Kombucha you know and love was created on our Founders kitchen bench in a small jar in Melbourne almost 15 years ago! From little jars, big things can grow!
Thirsty to kick your sugar-loaded COVID comforts to the curb? Well, do we have a treat for you! Meet our BIGGEST booch bottle in Remedy HISTORRRRY – Remedy Kombucha 1.25L!!
You and your mates will be a-b-s-o-l-u-t-e-l-y fizzin’ forever on the good stuff with this SUPERSIZED bottle of Remedy Kombucha.
To say we’re damn chuffed with this BIG booch bottle is an understatement because it’s helping us more than ever on our mission to shake up that darn fizzy drink aisle for good.
How you ask? WELL. Considering a regular 1.25L bottle of soft drink contains 32 teaspoons of sugar (EW, gross)! And no one can even pronounce the nasties included in those artificially sweetened diet drinks (4-methylimidazole. WHAT!?).... Remedy Kombucha 1.25L is the perfect swap to your sugary pop as it’s naturally free from sugar and includes a chockfull of live cultures, antioxidants and organic acids.
PLUS, like all our bevvies, it’s A-OKAY to be stored in your pantry or fridge because we brew out all the sugar during fermentation, and our live cultures are strong AF (as fruct)! Yep, it’s an easy peasy trade-in to enjoy some guilt-free fizzy fun.
If you're like us and wanna throw a party to celebrate this BIG tasty drop, serve up one of our nutritionist’s fakeaway meals with your larger than life Remedy Kombucha for the ultimate sharing and caring dinner table vibes.
Remedy Nutritionist, Jacq Alwill’s fakeaway meals made to SHARE and CARE:
(fakeaway = a homemade dinner that's a healthy twist on cheat takeaway).
- Cauliflower Chickpea Korma
- Vegetarian Turkish inspired Kebabs
- Miso Roast Potatoes with Wasabi Guacamole
Where to buy Remedy Kombucha 1.25L?
Stock up Remedy Kombucha 1.25L online here or down the fizzy drink aisle at your local Coles, independent retailers and Woolies from November.
What the heck are organic acids?
Shakin' up the fizzy drinks industry for good is what we do best at Remedy! The way we do this is by brewing drinks the ol' school way, following age-old fermenting traditions with all the naturally occurring benefits of live cultures and organic acids in our brews. But, what the heck are organic acids?
Don't fret. Many people don't know what organic acids are or have even heard of them before.
What are organic acids?
When brewin' Remedy, it’s not just magic that leads to a delicious drink with no sugar naturally, but fermentation science! You see, the live culture is what consumes all the sugar, but in the process it doesn’t just disappear, it gets converted into healthy organic acids, also known as short-chain fatty acids, the very same kind produced by our own gut bacteria to aid important body processes.
Organic acids can potentially help to:
- Provide an energy source for the good bacteria in your gut
- Regulate appetite
- Stabilise blood sugar levels
- Regulate cholesterol
- Prevent overgrowth of bad bugs in your gut.
What organic acids will you find in a Remedy Kombucha?
In every 330ml of Remedy Kombucha, you will enjoy 0.7g of naturally occurring organic acid.
How can you tell if your kombucha is chock-full of organic acids?
First of all, taste. The organic acid is what gives Remedy bevvies that subtle tang and good-for-you-but-still-so-damn-tasty flavour. Watch out for any kombucha or other drink that claims to be fermented without some tang - that's how you know they're brewin' the old school way, and you're gettin' the goodness of organic acids.
What are tea polyphenols and why should I care?
Everyone knows that a cup of green tea is good for you, right? (Just ask your gran). Well, the reason for this is all of the healthy antioxidants that are naturally occurring in tea, both green and black. Tea antioxidants, otherwise known as polyphenols, help your body fight illness.
In kombucha makin’, the first and very important step at Remedy is to brew a VERY big pot of tea. That’s where these mighty tea polyphenols come in! They’re the REAL lesser-known powerhouse of a good kombucha.
Polyphenols known as antioxidants are naturally found in tea. In science-speak, antioxidants have been found to scavenge for free radicals in the body and prevent them from causing cell damage. Now you’re listening.
How many tea polyphenols does a Remedy Kombucha contain?
In every 330mls of Remedy Kombucha, you will enjoy 83mg of tea polyphenols!
Are all teas polyphenols equal?
No. Some tea blends have less or more polyphenols depending on quality, and this can even be impacted by what season the tea was harvested!
Polyphenols also vary on the tea type (i.e green, black, oolong, jasmine or hibiscus). Sarah and Emmet (our founders) personally select the highest quality organic tea for our brew. We use a mixture of certified organic green tea for its high polyphenol properties and certified organic black tea for its rich superior taste.
Most importantly, we test every batch of raw tea at Remedy to ensure it meets our high (chock-full) standards of the good polyphenol stuff. We then test each batch for the level of antioxidants at the end of the natural fermentation brew to make sure it meets our top notch standards for goodness. You betcha.
How can you tell if your kombucha is chock-full of tea polyphenols?
First up, when you pour your brew into a glass, you’ll notice it will have a brownish background colour. All tea has this background colour, so watch out if it’s crystal clear. Unfortunately, not everyone is up for making it right, so you may find there’s not much of the right stuff in there at all!
Remedy is the real deal: small batch brewed the old school way, using a live culture that is natural to our drinks. But what are these live cultures? We know they’re good for us, but why should we care? Here’s the live culture lowdown.
What are live cultures?
Live cultures are a form of “good” bacteria, that comes in the form of microbes associated with foods and drinks, often acting as fermentation agents.
What’s so good about live cultures?
Live cultures can potentially support gut health by:
- Increasing the diversity of your gut flora, aka the good bugs that live in your gut to get things working as they should.
- Preventing the growth of bad bugs that can make you sick.
- Supplying billions of microorganisms that are full of vitamins, minerals and fibre, which the healthy bacteria in your gut use as a food source to produce important metabolites for good health.
Remedy live cultures are made right!
Remedy’s live cultures occur naturally and plentifully in our drinks because we brew our kombucha the old school way, from scratch using a live culture that is a descendant of the very first batch our founders Sarah and Emmet made on their kitchen bench.
While some foods and drinks labelled as live cultured or probiotic get that way thanks to dosed or added ingredients, we pride ourselves on the fact that there’s not need for that ‘round here! It’s pretty simple. If you use the right ingredients, brew for the right amount of time (don’t try speed up the process) then you’ll make something damn right and tasty. Kombucha has been around for thousands of years – we keep our recipe and fermentation process traditional, and our kombucha raw and unpasteurised, so you get that authentic and quality live culture goodness inya. Quality over quantity peeps.
What is the live culture count in Remedy Kombucha?
Our live culture count sits at a mighty minimum of 330 million per 330mls of Remedy Kombucha!
How do we know? Well, I’m glad you asked. We test every batch during production to ensure the live cultures stay healthy and strong in every one of our drinks. We also conduct regular shelf life testing to ensure those live cultures are still going strong right through to the end of shelf life. Yep, our team of Remedy have their work reallllllly cut out for them.
What are the specific live cultures/ strains of bacteria in Remedy Kombucha?
Yeast of the Saccharomyces genus and bacteria from Acetobacter and Gluconobacter species are just some of the major contributors behind the magic of fermenting Remedy from sweet tea into liquid gold! Both have been found to have a range of proven health and wellbeing benefits.
How can you tell your kombucha is alive and kickin’?
It’s super simple to test whether your kombucha is alive! Pour it into a glass and let it sit in a warm place for a few days. If you use Remedy Kombucha, a SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast aka. ‘the mother’) will form. Yeah huh. Pretty amazing stuff.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpKQHLmd0WU
Remedy Nutritionist has done it again with another delicious FAKEAWAY recipe! This time for mouth-watering Miso Roast Potatoes with a spicy Wasabi Guacamole. Perfect to share and washed down with some Remedy Ginger Lemon Kombucha!
MISO ROAST POTATOES WITH WASABI GUACAMOLE
Serves 4 as a snack
Gluten-free : Dairy Free : Vegan
- 700g white potatoes, washed and cut into 1cm thick wedges
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped nori, to serve
- 3 teaspoons white miso paste
- 3 teaspoons maple syrup (or honey if not vegan)
- 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 1/2-2 avocados, peeled, pitted and smashed
- Juice of 1/2-1 lime, to taste
- 2 teaspoons wasabi paste (more or less as desired)
- sea salt and black pepper
Heat oven to 200C and line a large baking tray with greaseproof paper. Spread potato wedges over the tray, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, season with sea salt and toss to coat. Bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes so they are golden. Whilst potatoes are cooking whisk together ingredients for miso glaze in a bowl and prepare the wasabi guac. Once wedges are cooked, drizzle miso glaze over and toss to coat then place back in the oven for a further 15 minutes to crisp and caramelise. When ready to serve, pile the wedges into a bowl and pop the wasabi guac on the side. Sprinkle with finely chopped nori, and tuck in!
Remedy nutritionist Jacqueline Alwill has created some delicious healthy FAKEAWAY meals to help you make your favourites at home! Here's the second recipe from this series and it's as delicious as it is healthy!
CAULIFLOWER CHICKPEA KORMA
Gluten free : Dairy Free : Vegan
Korma curry paste:
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled
- 2cm piece of ginger, peeled
- 2 teaspoons garam masala
- pinch dried chilli flakes
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 medium (150g) brown onion, peeled and diced
- 1x 400ml tin coconut milk (aim for BPA free/organic)
- 1/2 cup (80g) raw cashews
- 1 medium head cauliflower, cut into (400g) florets
To serve: basmati rice with a touch of turmeric, extra chopped cashews and coriander if desired
Place garlic, ginger, garam masala, chilli flakes and tomato paste in a food processor or blender (I prefer to use the small blenders for this one so the spices aren’t lost) and blitz to form a paste. heat a saucepan on medium heat, add coconut oil and onion and cook stirring frequently for about 5-6 minutes until softened. Add curry paste and cook for 1 minute so the spices become aromatic. Add coconut milk, cashews and cauliflower, pop the lid on and bring to a boil, then reduce to low simmer and cook (covered) for about 25 minutes, take the lid off and cook a further 5-10 minutes to thicken. Serve with basmati rice, extra cashews and chopped coriander if desired and of course a refreshing glass of Remedy Kombucha!
Without a doubt, take away is an easy solution to get fed-fast, however it often means you're taking away valuable nutrients and good quality ingredients from your diet! To help save your pennies and your health, Remedy nutritionist Jacqueline Alwill has created some delicious healthy FAKEAWAY meals just for you! Here's the first recipe from this series and we think you're going to love it!
VEGETARIAN TURKISH INSPIRED KEBAB WITH HOME MADE YOGURT FLATBREAD
Dairy free (opt) : Vegetarian
- 250g spelt or wholemeal self-raising flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup greek or coconut yoghurt
- pinch sea salt
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 4 cloves garlic, peeled and diced
- good pinch chilli flakes
- 1 1/2 teaspoons sweet paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 500g firm tofu, cut into 1cm dice
- 1 Lebanese cucumber, finely sliced
- 2 vine-ripened tomatoes, roughly diced
- 3-4 tablespoons tahini, or to taste
- finely sliced red onion or sumac pickled red onion*
- Fresh mint leaves, lemon and a bit of extra olive oil if desired to serve
To make the yoghurt flatbread:
Make the flatbreads by mixing flour and baking powder together in a bowl then add yoghurt and mix until it is just coming together. Dust a clean kitchen bench with extra flour, pour dough onto the bench then knead for about 5 minutes. Over this time the ingredients should come together beautifully to form a smooth dough. Roll the dough into a log, cut into 8 even pieces and roll out until approximately 3-4mm thick. Heat a flat plate or frypan on medium-high heat, shake off any excess flour from dough then cook individually 60-90 seconds each side, or until golden brown on each side. Set aside and cook remaining flatbread. Cover until the rest of your meal is ready.
To make the filling:
Combine lemon juice, oregano, garlic, chilli, paprika, cinnamon and extra virgin olive oil in a bowl, add tofu and toss well to coat, then set aside for 20 minutes to marinate or longer if you can. Once ready, heat a frying pan on medium heat add a splash of extra virgin olive oil and the tofu and cook for about 8-10 minutes, tossing to coat and cook each side evenly.
Get all your ingredients ready on a big serving platter to share. Spread tahini over the base of your flatbread, top with tofu, tomato, cucumber, sumac pickled/red onion and mint leaves. Drizzle with some extra virgin olive oil, season with sea salt and black pepper and enjoy!
*There are plenty of recipes online for Sumac Red Onion and it’s 100% worth making and keeping in the fridge to add to your meals.
What are these floaties in Remedy Kombucha?
First up, don’t be alarmed, the floaties you've found are completely safe to consume.
Finding a few strands of the mother culture or SCOBY (which is a symbiotic community of good bacteria and yeast) is normal and a good sign that your kombucha is raw, real, alive and kicking!
Missing travel? You betcha!
Those BIG-JET-PLANE days were somethin' hey?! But until airports become a thing again quench your travel thirst by taking a journey 'round the world one Remedy brew atta-time.
How...you ask? WELL. Fun fact, our damn tasty drinks are made the old-school-way using traditional recipes that have been around for centuries in places like China, Russia and even Mexico. Yep, we've taken the best of the world and bottled up the goodness for ya when you need it most.
So, SIP back, relax and get ready for taste bud take-off.
Kombucha originates from Northeast China and has been around for YONKS. We're talkin' over 2000 years! This brew is a tasty fermented tea known for its live cultures, organic acids and tea polyphenol antioxidants. Grab yourself some dumplings or a hot pot with your Remedy booch, close those pretty eyes and take yourself to panda land.
Dreaming of an island romance.... well GUESS WHAT! Switchel originates from the Caribbean! Give it a google. What a place. Switchel is damn refreshing and a little fiery, made with top-notch organic apple cider vinegar (ACV) and fresh raw ginger! Spicy fact: Back in the day, farmers believed it was the perfect thirst quencher to hydrate and keep them goin'. While you may not be a farmer, we still hope it keeps you going in these tough times too.
Ginger beer was first brewed in Yorkshire in England WAY Back in the mid-18th century. Those CHEEKY brits we're onto something top-notch as it soon became a popular drink of choice worldwide. This fizzy is LOADED with zingy ginger goodness that's full of fiery flippin' flavour.
Coconut Water Kefir is a ferment of organic coconut water and traditional kefir grains! The result? It's packed with the GOOD stuff and has all the hydrating benefits of coconut water. Tastebud travel-wise, traditional kefir originates from Northern Caucasus & Russia. As for coconuts, they originate from everywhere we wish we were right about now.... ahh paradise.
Tepache is a tasty ferment from Mexico! Pairing tangy pineapple juice with spicy cinnamon this ferment is full of goodness and sure to be your new favourite ferment on a TACO Tuesday or Mexican Monday. Whatever delicious nachos vibes you have goin' on in your home make sure you swish it back with a Tepache.
Just when we thought our sourdough days were done and we could rejoice in showing off your fancy new skills to a table of five… here we are again in Melbourne LD2.0.
But we mustn't grumble. The days all rolling into one isn't a forever thing, and we know deep down-under Aus has got enough GUTS to see the other side of this big 'C'. Heck, its why we all call this b-e-a-u-t-i-ful place home after all.
Until that fizzy day arrives, we'll keep brewing you the good stuff and delivering it straight to your door when you need it most. And if like many, you're feeling all the feels in 2020, we thought we'd share a few simple things for you to try that have brought us an abundance of joy in this weird time and some always.
Cook. Bake. Ferment. Remedy all began with some ol' school beginners' FUN on the kitchen bench. Ferment up a storm. Step outside of the everyday. Brew some booch, make your first sauerkraut or kimchi, and definitely cook-up our ultimate Condon comfort meal – miso chicken. It's finger lickin’ good. And of course, with any culinary bravado, get the nagging kid's, bestie on zoom or even that unshowered housemate involved. Somehow everything always tastes better when shared.
Read like never before. Switch on with a good book. Michael Pollen's In Defence of Food left us big-eyed and challenging the food norms over 15 years ago. The quote, 'eat food, not too much. mostly plants' is something that has stuck with us always and even led us ever-so-quickly onto our next book from Sandor Katz 'The art of fermentation'. One booch brew later and the Remedy you've come to know and love was born. A good book really can change the world, remarkably your own. If you're more of a chill-out book kinda human, Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld is a solid 4/5 fiction read Sarah's just polished off from her WellRead subscription (a subscription service that handpicks literary titles for you)… ahhh huh genius.
Rise before the sun. Sounds crazzzzzy but there's something spesh about getting up early and revelling in the stillness of the day. For all those parents' home-schooling, we're right there with ya. Make the morning yours and enjoy the silence – yes, it exists. At the v least, it makes those 9am maths curveballs a bit easier when your second AM coffee has well and truly sunk.
Keep active. As a fam, our morning walks each day and bike rides at the weekend are keeping us friendly. Emmet's even got back into that thing called running again. (turns out he's actually pretty good at it!). If it's raining and pouring, we're allllll about table tennis at home, LOTS of it. We've even set it up for one, so our kids can burn off some of that playtime energy solo. Thank us later for that tip-bit later.
Be kind. Two words we all need to keep close in these strange times. Especially to ourselves. Meditate, dance, sing, laugh, create, sloth. Whatever it is that fills up your booch bottle, just freaking do it.
We hope v soon we'll be saying CHEEEEERS out of our unmasked mouths louder than ever to one another. But until then, keep enjoying the small stuff.
Sarah and Emmet Condon
Wanna know the ultimate go-to comfort meal for the Remedy Founders? It’s miso chicken! It’s freakin’ tasty and finger-lickin’ goooooood, Better yet, it has whole Condon fam’s tick of approval (yep, kids and all). Make this Japanese deliciousness when you next need a pep in your step or speedy weeknight meal.
Condon Comforts: Miso chicken
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- ½ cup white miso (the rice culture brand is the Condon fam’s miso fave)
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- Black pepper, to taste
- 8 skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs, approximately 1kg.
- Heat oven to 200°C Combine butter, miso, honey, rice vinegar and black pepper in a large bowl and mix with a spatula or spoon until it is well combined.
- Add chicken to the bowl and massage the miso-butter mixture all over it. Place the chicken in a single layer in a roasting pan and slide it into the oven. Roast for 30 to 40 minutes, turning the chicken pieces over once or twice, until the skin is golden brown and crisp, and the internal temperature of the meat is 160 to 165 degrees.
Recipe originally published on https://cooking.nytimes.com/
Kimchi is like the heart and soul of Korean cooking. This traditional Korean side dish is made from TASTY salted and fermented vegetables and Korean flavours. Just like Remedy Kombucha, kimchi is alive and kickin’ with the goodness of organic acids! Try this delish I Quit Sugar-approved ferment today.
KOM-CHI Kombucha meets kimchi
Makes: 2 x 1 litre jars
Prep time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Cooking time: NA
- ½ head Napa or savoy cabbage,
- chopped into quarters
- 5 cloves Garlic
- 3cm ginger, fresh
- 6 spring onions
- 1 small brown onion
- 1 tbsp Tamari
- 1 tbsp fish sauce
- 1 tbsp sea salt
- 1/2 cup Remedy Kombucha
- Ginger Lemon
- 1 apple, sliced into matchsticks
- 1 carrots finely sliced into matchsticks
- (or just grated)
- ¼ to ½ cup Korean red chili flake*
- (or regular chilli flakes)
- 2 x 1 litre jars, or a few smaller 500ml jars.
Remove the bottom core from the cabbage, and slice into quarters.
Add cabbage to a large bowl and sprinkle over sea salt, start lifting up the leaves, and sprinkling the sea salt between the leaves, to ensure the salt is covering everything!
Place a plate over the cabbage and weigh down, with a book or any heavy object! This will help draw the water out of the cabbage.
Every 30 minutes, toss the cabbage, and place the plate and weight back on top to continue to draw moisture out. Continue to do this for 2 hours. Meanwhile, to prepare the chilli sauce, add the garlic, ginger, chilli flakes*, onion, tamari, fish sauce and kombucha to a food processor and blitz to combine.
Add the kimchi chilli paste into a large bowl and add in the carrot, spring onions and apple and toss to combine.
Rinse the cabbage leaves under a running tap to remove excess salt and shake dry. Roughly tear cabbage apart, add it to the bowl with the chilli paste. Use your hands to mix everything together and coat evenly in the chilli paste.
Shove the kimchi into clean jars and pack the mixture down as you go with your fingers or a spoon.
Place the jar/s into a cool spot away from direct sunlight, like the pantry. Allow kimchi to ferment for 7 days. A sign that your kimchi is fermenting is tiny bubbles on the surface.
Each day, you’ll need to ‘burp” the kimchi to remove excess pressure by opening up the lid, and then also push down the contents to ensure the kimchi is kept below the liquid.
After 7 days, move your kimchi to the fridge to store. It will last for 12 months.
NOTE: Add LESS chilli flakes if you don’t like much heat.
Do Remedy drinks contain alcohol?
All Remedy drinks are non-alcoholic.
Like many fermented foods and drinks, a trace amount of alcohol can be produced during the natural fermentation process but rest easy because Remedy thoroughly tests each and every batch to ensure their drinks meet the national standards for non-alcoholic drinks (below 0.5%).
There’s no need to be concerned as the trace levels of alcohol are so low, the alcohol doesn’t accumulate in the bloodstream.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHPxEyDrJBo
Can you drink Remedy drinks if you are pregnant or breastfeeding?
You can drink Remedy Kombucha, Switchel and Coconut Water Kefir to your heart and gut’s content!
People around the world have been drinking kombucha and other fermented foods and drinks for thousands of years. Remedy’s co-founder and other members of Team Remedy enjoyed Remedy throughout their pregnancies and while breastfeeding.
As always, have a chat with your friendly health practitioner if in doubt.
There’s loads of different Remedy Drinks for you to choose from but avoid Remedy Good Energy as it contains higher levels of caffeine.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EYWo28F17A
Big news Canada! Remedy is now available in Loblaws grocery stores across the country!
Best pack another tote bag for your trip to the shops. We’ve launched 4-packs of our NEW tasty, live-cultured Remedy Kombucha 330ml cans in Loblaws grocery stores across Canada.
Our Remedy-lovers asked (and commented, and DM’d, and emailed, and called, and insta-storied…) and we listened! We get it. Sometimes too much Remedy is never enough.
Where to find these new 4-packs you asked? They’re already gracing the Natural Value aisle of Loblaws, Zehrs, Your Independent Grocer, Real Canadian Superstore, Provigo, Fortinos, Atlantic Superstore, Dominion, and more alongside our 330ml bottles…
But how can it be on the shelves you asked?! As we brew out all the sugar in our Remedy Kombucha, and as our live cultures are super strong our new 4-packs can be stored in your pantry without the need for refrigeration (along with the rest of the Remedy range!).
We couldn’t stop the good news there! You will also find NEW 700ml bottles (perfect for sharing!) and 300ml bottles in the Produce aisle.
Remedy is naturally free from sugar and full of goodness including live cultures, organic acids and antioxidants. Want to know more about what Kombucha is? We’ve got all the information for you here. If it’s the benefits of our delicious fizzy you’re after, you can find them listed here.
Can’t wait to get your hands on them? Find your local Remedy stockist here.
Wondering how to keep your loved ones well this winter or during this real see-you-next-Tuesday of a virus? Remedy Nutritionist Jacqueline Alwill says the first place to start is your gut. While most people are aware of the importance of good gut health for digestion, many forget about its STAR role in boosting our overall immune health. Now is the time to get your guts in check to help you and your loved one recover and bounce back quickly when illness strikes.
Nerd Alert: The simple fact is a huge portion of our immune systems are actually in our gastrointestinal tract (aka the gut) which is why the gut microbiota that resides our gastrointestinal tract provides essential health benefits to our immune system.
It’s in here that our gut microbiome, home to trillions of bacteria, plays a vital role in housing at least 70% of our immune system, digesting the food we eat and helping to absorb and synthesise nutrients. By improving our gut health, this will improve our immunity and all the other flow-on effects from absorbing nutrients better like improved mood, metabolism and brain health.
What happens when your guts aren’t up to scratch? An imbalance in any bad bacteria in your gut will essentially confuse your immune system and leave you more exposed to colds and flu’s when they arrive. In essence, what you eat, drink and do now will help you and your family’s immune response later.
Happy guts are in reach with these four nutritionist-approved hacks for good gut health and improved immunity:
Aim for plant diversity in your diet: Try to increase the variety and number of plants in your diet each week or each fortnight even if just by one. Building a diet rich in plant foods and diverse in its sources can lead to greater diversity in the gut microbiome, which is critical to the strength of your immune system. In nutrition, we always say – EVERYTHING begins in the gut, so we need to give it the most love we can through our food. Whether it’s each week buying one extra plant-based ingredient, even a new herb is great, or each fortnight, make it your mission to create as much variety in your diet through plants as you can.
Embrace fermented foods and drinks for good bacteria: Nourish your gut but eating and drinking fermented products packed with probiotics such as miso, sauerkraut, kombucha, kimchi or coconut water kefir. If you’re craving something fizzy, my fermented go-to is Remedy Kombucha Ginger Lemon as ginger has amazing anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties that can help fight infections. It’s also jam-packed with tea polyphenols, organic acids and live cultures from the slow fermentation process. If you’re looking for something warm, stock up on miso soup as it’s a great one to sip on between meals.
Avoid sugar: Sadly, it’s time to self-distance yourself with sweet stuff as it’s the worst thing you can feed your microbiome. The more sugar you eat; unfortunately, the worse off your immune system will be as it suppresses the immune function. While ditching your sugar-loaded dessert or 3pm snack attack may be tricky, there are lots of great healthy and cheap alternatives that are also immune-boosting! Such as a frozen banana blended to make ice cream as it’s loaded with prebiotics.
Ditch the booze: Alcohol can weaken your immune system in a variety of way because it causes an inflammatory response in your gut and imbalance in your gut bacteria. This imbalance in bad bacteria can make you more susceptible to colds, flu and viruses by having a low immune system with a disrupted gut barrier. It’s important to note that not only does alcohol impair your immune system, excessive drinking can also affect your respiratory system. If you’re craving something else with dinner, get creative with a non-alcoholic mocktail or enjoy a fermented fizzy.
Trying to stick to a routine whilst WFH and not turn full blown cray-cray? We feel you! Read below for our Remedy WFH tips and tricks!
START YOUR DAY RIGHT
Trying to stick to a routine? Start your day with a cup of Nescafe 44 and call someone you hardly know from IT for an awkward conversation about their kids. It’s just like being back in the staff kitchen.
Missing your colleagues? Now is the perfect time for a DIY project. All you need are some Remedy cans, tape, a couple of pipe cleaners and googly eyes and you’ve got yourself a new work best friend.
Face muscles hurting from awkward zoom call smiles? Start a game of Zoom bingo with yourself and watch those pearly whites gleam all on their own each time Jim has himself on mute, or a random child pops up in the background.
MOVE OVER NETFLIX
Lacking entertainment? Host your own MTV cribs episode. Fill your fridge or pantry with your online Remedy order and watch yourself instantly turn into 50 cent or Mariah Carey. You a celebrity now.
PUMP UP THE JAMS
Feeling like you need to be pumped up by some sweet as tunes but can’t find the perfect playlist? We made some for you. From guilty club bangers to tear jerkers from the heart (AKA your mood after speaking to finance), we’ve got a playlist for you on our Spotify.
Got your own working from home tips and tricks for the Remedy team? Let us hear 'em!
Want to learn more about our new fizzy friends? Find out what NEW live cultured bevvie you and your peeps should be guzzlin’ right here. Right NOW.
Remedy Coconut Water Kefir Pure – The Peaceful Purist
Namaste, oh wise (taste) buds. You’re a PRO at probiotics and one loco coco at the front of class with that 10/10 downward dog. You have Ray-Bans at the ready for Sunday brunches (yes, plz) and trips to the farmers market with a CUTE canvas tote and keep cup in hand. You’re the oracle when it comes to wellness health trends (step aside Gwyneth P) and you practically levitate around the health aisle. Your Instagram feed is a field of sunrise yoga sessions and #SmoothieBowlGoals.
While a wellness retreat to Bali may not be on the cards this year, a taste of the tropics certainly is. Now you can drink what you preach with your inner zen captured by the clean, raw and refreshing flavours of coconut in our Remedy Coconut Water Kefir Pure. Packed with probiotics and rich in electrolytes, this one’s sure to keep those positive vibrations humming.
Remedy Coconut Water Kefir Passion Fruit – The Wanderluster
You went travelling to find yourself (sigh) and never quite stopped. When MIA, you can be found at some sound-healing event in a Caribbean or retelling that inappropriate Iowaska story to your new co-workers - on repeat. Your vacay mandatories: Live culture(s), undiscovered destinations and heavy on the palm trees, please. You’re happiest when you can feel sand squelched between your toes or when you receive over 100 likes on your new poetic sunset FB profile pic. Fun and flirty with a tangy twist, those passion(ate) fruity notes mean you’re always looking for a summer (taste-bud) romance and our Remedy Coconut Water Passion Fruit is the ONE you’ve been searching for.
Remedy Blood Orange Switchel – Bold And Proud Of It
Bouldering, bungee jumping, or tobogganing down the side of a volcano? HECK YES TO ALL THREE! Normal is boring, and you’re blood orange and anything but (soz regular orange… we’ll leave the juice-boxes to you).
You’re the Gaga of your pals, with the biggest hair, boldest outfits and loudest rendition of Paparazzi at the karaoke bar. When meeting your match (fresh ginger notes, we’re looking at you), you’re sure to bite back. After all, blending in is BORING. You’re a total citrus-bomb and that’s why Remedy Blood Orange Switchel is your JAM.
Remedy Switchel Tropical – Party In Ya Mouth
You like Pina Coladas… but no, you don’t like getting caught in the rain (umm, exactly who does Rupert?). On a Friday or Saturday night (sometimes a Sunday… and Monday-Thursday too) you can be found busting your best dance moves on a rooftop or at your local tiki bar. You’re pro cocktail umbrellas, Hawaiian shirts and straight up good party times. You know how to pack a night on the town with good vibes only, just like our perky-lime and passion fruit bevvie, Remedy Switchel Tropical.
Powered by the zing of pineapple and the fire of an apple cider vinegar base packed with organic acids, you’re infamous for dancing well beyond sunrise and you’re always ready for the cheers.
Remedy Kombucha Ginger Lemon – The Fire Cracker
Ginger (Lemon) by name, ginger by nature. You’re the fiery one of the group and have no qualms in telling your flatmate to put their flippin’ cup in the FLIPPIN’ dishwasher already. I’M NOT YOUR MUM.
But it’s not all tang. You can be pretty nice too. Your powerful presence is known for calming a crowd, or an upset tummy. You like to stick to the classics, like a hot cuppa tea packed with polyphenols with added ginger and lemon - can you even go wrong? Puh-lease. And of course, you’re loved by all because you have a warming effect on those in your presence. Unless you don’t pack the dishwasher. Then SOD off.
Remedy Kombucha Raspberry Lemonade – Sweet, Innocent and All Grown-Up
So, tell me what you want, what you really, really want…I wanna really BIG glass of Raspberry Lemonade kombuchaaaaaa!
Meet Raspberry Lemonade, a.k.a. the Baby Spice of our bangin’ brews. Considered sweet and innocent by many, you’ve been a crowd favourite since childhood. Now you’re all grown up and you’ve ditched the pigtails and pink platforms, you’re not to be underestimated. You’ve nailed that sweet exterior but those zesty fresh lemon juice notes mean you’ve got some real spark about you!
Still not sure which Remedy bevvie you are? Stock up on a Remedy Rainbow case to try them all and find out pronto. The Remedy Rainbow case also includes our fresh Apple Crisp and fruity & floral Cherry Plum kombucha flavours.
Remedy’s launched a brand spanking new range of live cultured sodas but what’s the difference between Remedy Kombucha and Remedy Sodas you ask?
It all comes down to ingredients.
But first, let’s start with what Remedy Kombucha and Remedy Sodas have in common!
- They don’t contain any sugar (naturally!)
- They’re both made with all natural ingredients
- They’re both chock full of live cultures and organic acids
- They’re organic, raw and unpasteurised
- They’re DAMN TASTY!
What's the diff?
The main difference is in the ingredients used to brew these healthy and tasty, live cultured bevvies.
Thirst up! Let’s take a look at Remedy Kombucha...
Remedy Kombucha is made with a base of sweet tea to which Remedy’s ‘mother culture’ or SCOBY (symbiotic culture of good bacteria and yeast) is added before being fermented over 30 days. This natural fermentation removes all the sugar leaving behind a delicious, refreshing live cultured bevvie chock full of live cultures, organic acids and tea polyphenols. We then add all-natural ingredients for extra flavour.
What about Remedy Sodas then?
Just like Remedy Kombucha, Remedy Sodas are made with real, top notch, all natural ingredients. But Remedy Sodas do NOT contain tea. Rather, they are made by taking high quality organic juices as the base. We then add our a natural live culture starter which kick starts a fermentation process that sees ALL of the natural sugars converted into healthy organic acids. The result is soda made right! Packed full of flavour and goodness with NO SUGAR, naturally!
Still not sure?
So which drink is right for me?
BOTH! If you’re looking for a tangy, sweet and sour flavour profile and want to get a boost of tea polyphenols, plump for a Remedy Kombucha!
Not ready to jump on the booch train or looking for a healthy, live cultured swap for traditional, sugary soft drinks with old school classic flavours? Reach for the right stuff with Remedy Sodas.
We're FIZZIN' with excitement to celebrate the first-ever WORLD KOMBUCHA DAY!
Kombucha (pronounced kom-BOO-cha) is believed to have originated in China more than two thousand years ago. The traditional method of making kombucha – which we follow at Remedy – involves a natural fermentation of sweet tea, wild healthy bacteria and yeasts. February 21st is a modern-day celebration for all kombucha brewers and booch fangirls and fanboys to throw a BOOCH PARTY!!!
To celebrate World Kombucha Day and our booch success thanks to YOU our fizzy fam, we're offering 20% off kombucha range on www.remedydrinks.com with code: BOOCHDAY
We could tell you that when Sarah and Emmet Condon started Remedy in their kitchen, they had no idea what lay ahead. But we'd be lying. They had an inkling. They'd been making kombucha for a while. Their kids were into it. Their mates were hooked. Family members were dropping by more often for a taste.
So, they took a chance. Some might call it a massive risk. They had a young family. No jobs to fall back on. Some savings, a couple of credit cards. Entrepreneurial know-how, but no experience in the food and drinks world. What they did have were big aspirations and a simple belief. Oh and – perhaps most importantly – a tasty kombucha brew and a whole lotta guts.
They wanted to do something good. Shake things up. Make it right. They knew that healthy could also be tasty and easy. They believed we all deserve to know that too. While they've moved on from the kitchen bench, Remedy is still made the old-school way: in small batches, long-aged brewed for 30 days.
The result is the tastiest kombucha going around: it contains no sugar, naturally, and is chock-full of all the right stuff: live cultures, organic acids and antioxidants.
Here at Remedy we’re BIG fans of giving booze a break. (Especially after the Christmas/New Years’ crazy!)
Wanna know our top five reasons to dodge the dranks for a month or two? Here they are!
You’ll sleep better
While alcohol may help you nod off, the quality of your sleep will be poorer. Try giving booze the flick and see whether it makes a difference to the quality of your kip!
If you feel a bit down in the dumps or sad, alcohol can make you feel worse because it affects your brain chemistry. Alcohol is a depressant which means it upsets and disrupts the balance of our brains. Give Feb Fast a go and keep a mood diary to see if booting the booze makes a difference.
Alcohol can mess with your immune system making it harder to fight off bugs which is the last thing you need heading into the colder months! Because booze also affects your sleep and mood it can leave you feeling sluggish. Give booze a break and see if you notice a difference in your energy levels.
Alcohol is dehydrating so swap out booze for something more healthy, tasty and hydrating like Remedy Kombucha or Remedy Coconut Water Kefir. Get your glow on girlfriend!
Cut the calories
Booze is FULL of empty calories! Just one beer can contain the same amount of calories as a small block of chocolate and to work off the calories in a glass of white wine, you’d need to walk for just over 2.5km. Yikes! We’re down for exercise but 2.5kms for a vino? Probably not!
Keep posted for our tasty mocktail recipes to get you through February – they’re so tasty you may even make it through to Dry July without an alcoholic bevvie passing your lips!
Back to school is here. It's that time of year when Pinterest's search tool gets a hammering by mums desperately seeking new lunchbox inspiration. It's gotta be nut-free, vegan, gluten-free yet still tasty enough for your child to not use it as a makeshift ball in a game of 4-square. With a few mums in the Remedy office – we know the panic stations of back to school are REAL. So, we threw it over to Remedy nutritionist, super mum and all-around legend, Jacqueline Alwill to share one of her favourite lunchbox snacks and BOY did she deliver with this Nut-free Lamington Slice!
Raw Nut-Free Lamington Slice by Jacqueline Alwill
Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan, Raw, Nut Free
Makes 25 pieces
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup sesame seeds
- 1/4 cup raw cacao powder
- 1 cup medjool dates, pitted
- 2 cups desiccated coconut
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Pinch sea salt
- 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1/3 cup raw cacao powder
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- Extra desiccated coconut, for sprinkling on top
1. Place ingredients for base in a food processor and blitz to a crumb, then press into a lined 25x25cm cake tin or dish.
2. Blend ingredients for sponge in the food processor until it comes together, then press on top of base.
3. Whisk together ingredients for chocolate in a bowl and pour over the top of the coconut, sprinkle with extra coconut and place in freezer to set for 3-4 hours.
4. Slice into pieces and serve. Store in fridge or freezer up to 2 weeks.
It’s warming up, the sun’s still high in the sky come knock offs and we’re heading into party and festive season…that can only mean one thing! Cocktails! As per usual, Remedy’s got your back with a few cheeky bevvie ideas to keep you swinging all the way through summer.
Let’s start with our Remedy Pimped Pimms!
Remedy Ginger Lemon Pimped Pimms
- 330ml Remedy Kombucha Ginger Lemon
- 110ml Pimm’s
- Fresh fruit, cucumber and fresh mint
Combine all ingredients in a jug and give it a good stir. Pour into two glasses and serve!
Gettin’ ready for an island escape and feeling those tropical vibes? Stir it up (little darling) with this not so typical tropical little number.
- 330ml Remedy Switchel Tropical
- 2 shots of white rum
- Pineapple wedges if you fancy
Take two glasses, fill with ice, pour a shot of rum in each glass, top with Remedy Switchel Tropical and garnish with pineapple wedges if you’re trying to impress someone.
Do you like Pina Coladas? Gettin’ caught in the rain? Nuh. Us neither. What we DO like is a Pina Colada made with a cheeky Remedy Coconut Water Kefir.
- 330ml Coconut Water Kefir Pure
- 1 shot Malibu
- 100ml coconut milk
- ½ cup ice
Whack all ingredients in a blender and turn that dial UP! Once smooth, pour into two glasses, put on your sunglasses and take a trip to pure paradise.
The BOSS (The Blood Orange Switchel Swirl)
Need a cocktail that’s going to wake up your taste buds and give you a bit of a smack upside the head? (figuratively speaking of course!) The BOSS is that loud one that shouts ‘RISE AND SHINE’ right in your ear.
- 330ml Remedy Switchel Blood Orange
- 2 shots of vodka
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, pour in two shots of vodka and top with Remedy Switchel Blood Orange, stir to combine and pour into two glasses. Garnish with a lemon twist or slice of citrus. Drink! Wake up and get ready to get down!
Summer = peaches. Peaches = Bellinis. Simples. Here’s Remedy’s take on the Harry’s Bar classic.
- 1 330ml bottle of Remedy Kombucha Peach
Pour chilled Remedy Kombucha Peach into two glasses and top with prosecco. Feelin’ fancy? Add a peach slice garnish. Even fancier? Top with Persian fairy floss AKA pashmak! Oooh get you!
Continuing the seasonal tradition of bottling flavours that capture the spirit of summer, we’ve launched a zingy new PASSIONFRUIT kombucha to kick off the start of BBQ and beach season.
A tropical tornado of fruity, aromatic goodness for your taste buds with tonnes of tang and just the right combo of sweet and sour, we bet this classic flavour will soon work its way to the top of your hit list. Crack the top before savouring the scent and take your taste buds on a trip to the tropics.
The fragrantly, fruity aroma and zingy tang of this fizzy will take you right back to your childhood holidays. Warm nights, the buzz of a mosquito in your ear as you try go to sleep, sand in your sheets, BBQs, maybe a bit of sunburn and pavlova. Definitely pavlova. THIS is summer bottled.
Like all Remedy goodness, our new Remedy Kombucha Passionfruit naturally contains no sugar and is full of goodness with live cultures, organic acids and tea polyphenols.
Made the old school way, Remedy Kombucha Passionfruit is made in small batches following a long-aged 30-day brewing process involving sweet tea and a live culture. The result is the tastiest, healthiest kombucha going around.
Remedy Kombucha Passionfruit is available at 7-Eleven and via our online store.
It's that spooky time of year again - Halloween has arrived!
Rooted in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain, Halloween originally began as a way to scare off ghosts and spirits before morphing into the candy laden festival of witches and wizards we know today!
We’re down with dressing up and getting into the spirit (HA! Geddit?) of things but we know some parents find the amount of sugary treats on offer a little overwhelming. (Especially if you spend a bit of time trying to teach your sprogs about a balanced, healthy diet!).
As always, Remedy’s here to help with some healthy Halloween hacks! We’re not total buzz killers though, we know it’s fun to trick and/or treat so we’re all about making small tweaks and balanced choices…here’s our hot tips to making it through Halloween without the sugar crash ‘n’ burn!
Focus on the fun as well as the food!
Spend time talking with your kids about the origins and history of Halloween. Enjoy workshopping the costume possibilities and house decorations rather than the sweets and lollies on offer. One of the beauties of Halloween is the chance for children to wander around their neighbourhood after hours and get to know their community. Why not make this the focus rather than all the sugary loot?!
Eat something healthy before heading out
Have an early dinner before heading out. Filling up with something wholesome and healthy will help minimise the temptation of gorging on lollies.
Consider gifting popcorn, fruit kebabs, cheese-sticks or small packets of sultanas or raisins instead of sugary sweets. You could even go for mini-cans of Remedy Kombucha. They’re the perfect treat without the sweet and just the right size for little hands!
Nix food treats altogether
There’s no hard and fast rule regarding what you hand out to the kids in your neighbourhood and you can bet your bottom dollar some parents will be relieved to see some non-food treats in the trick or treat stash their little ones bring home. Try spooky Halloween themed stickers, bubbles, novelty erasers or even glow sticks to hand out on the night.
There you go – four healthy hacks that’ll have you saying ‘BOO’ to sugar this Halloween!
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Better Homes & Gardens did some booch mythbusting recently with a little friendly expert advice from Remedy Drinks!
And a couple of tips from us:
- Pour some kombucha in a glass and let it sit in a warm place for a few days. If it’s real, a Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast should form (a SCOBY).
- The beneficial bacteria and live cultures in kombucha can only be present in the drink if it is raw and unpasteurised.
- Check the label to see how the product is made, real kombucha is brewed over time.
News just in from The Guardian!
Remedy Kombucha Raspberry Lemonade makes the grade in Fiona Beckett's review of four fruit drinks that aren't too sickly sweet.
"A not-too-scary introduction to kombucha with the flavour of a sour beer. Virtuously raw, vegan and unpasteurised."
We couldn't agree more.
Remedy Kombucha Raspberry Lemonade is a grown-up, guilt-free take on a childhood classic. No sugar. No nasties.
That’s right Remedy fans, if you’re in the UK, Canada, Singapore, New Zealand or Australia you can now buy Remedy online. WAHOO!
So, jump on in, peruse the Remedy range to your heart and gut’s content, choose ALL the flavours you’ve ever wanted to give a whirl!!