Nutrition

5 hacks for a healthier kids' party

by Jacqueline Alwill

Most parents would agree that planning a kids’ party with the (inevitable) sugar highs that come with party food and treats is a tad exhausting even before the party starts. So to save you from your next kids’ party headache, dive into these 5 hacks for a healthier kids’ party.

1. FIND FAMILY FAVES

Plan the party WITH your kids when it comes to activities and food. Understand what makes them completely stoked and then be clever in the way you balance the party and health-ify it. If a piñata is on the cards, pop in some cool treats to balance the sweet ones exploding out of it. If your family loves a chocolate cake then make that the hero and leave the extra sugary cupcakes or dense brownies out of the plan. And, if lolly bags to take home are a non-negotiable then top up with some items that maybe aren’t related to food, but still super fun – try packs of cards, cool pencils or mini joke books instead. 

2. ENJOY THE SWEET

But be savvy in how you peel it back, so it doesn’t become a sugar rave. Kids actually don’t care if it’s lollypops on a table or watermelon cut and presented with a stick like a lollypop. It’s the novelty that counts for them and they’ll eat whatever is there. Remember that, because in the midst of wanting to make each party epic for your kids, it can be lost. Simple go to treats without the refined sugar hit might include:

3. SAY HEY TO SAVOURY

To balance the sweet, make it a 2:1 ratio of savoury to sweet on the table and you’ll have a much happier bunch of kids in your company. Remember you don’t have to be making everything yourself, hunt down good quality party food from your local baker, pizzeria or sushi store to top things up and get some quick, little person loving, savoury action on the food table. Consider these crowd favourites:

  • pizza slices - many great pizza shops will happily make up a large slab of pizza with a simple margherita topping if you order in advance
  • mix of brown and white rice vegetable sushi
  • veggie dip boats
  • mini frittata
  • sweet potato wedges
  • vegetarian sausage rolls
  • lavosh or pita bread chips with (no spice) guacamole

4. SWAP THE SODAS

There are always better options and Remedy Drinks has just made the healthiest yet with their NEW fermented soda range. Whilst the idea of juice boxes and some sneaky sugar laden soft drinks might be tempting to keep the small peeps happy this party season, rethink your choices for a HAPPIER and HEALTHIER event. Remedy Drinks has just introduced five new fermented sodas to the Remedy stable including crowd favourites such as Cola, Lemon Lime and Bitters, Lemonade, Ginger Beer and Oranja which means there is a flavour for everyone big and little alike. What’s the difference between Remedy and the ‘usual’ soft drinks or sodas you ask? Well … Remedy Sodas are made with organic fruit juices brewed with Remedy’s live culture to ferment out all of the sugar before adding all natural ingredients including spices and botanicals. Remedy Drinks are making sodas right, with no sugar, naturally. A healthier, tasty fizzy? Yes please!

5. RUN THEM RAGGED

Finally, rather than leave the cake til last, sneak it in half way, get the savoury food out and run kids around before parents come to pick up. Tap into all your old favourite party games and tricks you loved growing up and bring them to life again - pin the tail on the donkey (maybe a minion?), three legged or egg and spoon races, tag, tip you name it. A party planned around great games, healthy food and drinks and family faves are fun filled, healthy kids’ parties done right. 

Recipe: Choc Dipped Pineapple Triangles

Makes approximately 24 slices

Dairy Free: Gluten Free: Refined Sugar Free: Vegan

  • 1 small pineapple, sliced into 1cm thick triangles, skin left intact
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Toppings: finely chopped pepitas, pistachios, coconut flakes, cranberries, or any other dried fruits and nuts you wish

Whisk together coconut oil, raw cacao powder, maple syrup and vanilla.

Line a large baking tray with greaseproof paper.

Dip 3/4 pineapple piece into melted chocolate, allow a little to drip off the end, lay onto tray and repeat.

Place in fridge to set for 10 minutes then repeat with remaining chocolate this time adding the dried fruit, seeds and nuts (optional) on the top of the pineapple and chocolate.

Pop back in fridge or freezer to set and serve straight from fridge or freezer (chocolate will melt quickly if it’s a hot day!).

Sweet Potato Nachos with new Remedy Tepache

 

by Jacqueline Alwill

The most exciting soda to hit the fridge has officially arrived and to party with REMEDY TEPACHE I’ve created the most deeeeelish and as always nutritious dish to team up with it. Let me first introduce you to Remedy Tepache (pronounced te-par-chey) though… 

Remedy Tepache is based on a traditional Mexican recipe and hand crafted the same way all Remedy drinks are, with no sugar, naturally.

Taking organic pineapple juice and fermenting it with Remedy’s live culture, Tepache is full of beneficial bacteria and organic acids for a scrumptious PINEAPPLE (oooooh yeaaaa) fermented soda that can help to:

• fuel the good bacteria in your gut
• reduce the growth of bad bacteria in the gut which can impact your health and wellbeing
• stabilise your blood sugar and energy levels
• help keep your appetite at bay throughout the day
• deliver vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to the good gut bacteria and your body so both can thrive!

Did you know that PINEAPPLE is rich in a digestive enzyme called ‘bromelain’ too? It’s one of a few fruits including kiwifruit and papaya, that are incredible sources of these digestive enzymes to support your gut health – even more reason to get stuck into it right?

You can enjoy REMEDY TEPACHE any time, with the full confidence that because it naturally contains no sugar and has tremendous benefits for your nutrition, it’s doing something right for your health.

And any time is a good time for a Tepache, but especially when you whip up some of my oh so scrumptious SWEET POTATO NACHOS WITH PINEAPPLE AVOCADO SALSA to go with it!

Recipe: Sweet Potato Nachos with new Remedy Tepache


Serves 4
Gluten free : Dairy Free : Vegan

Nachos:

  • 1500g mixed sweet potatoes, sliced 5mm thick
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive or coconut oil
  • 1 medium (170g) brown onion, peeled and chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 2 teaspoons smoky paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons sweet paprika
  • good pinch chilli flakes
  • 1/2 bunch coriander, leaves picked, stalks finely chopped
  • 1 x 400g tin black or kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 x 400g tin lentils, rinsed and drained
  • 1 large tomato, chopped or 200g tinned chopped tomatoes

Pineapple avocado salsa:

  • 1/2 small pineapple, peeled and diced
  • 2 tablespoons red onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 avocado, peeled and diced
  • 1/4 cup coriander leaves (can use from the above ingredients), finely chopped
  • juice of 1/2 -1 lime
  • sea salt, black pepper and chilli flakes to taste

Heat oven to 200C and line two large baking trays with greaseproof paper. Spread sweet potato slices over the tray, drizzle with 3-4 tablespoons oil, toss to coat, spread evenly over the tray again and place in oven to bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden and crispy.

Whilst potatoes are baking, make the nachos mix by heat a large pan on medium heat, add remaining 1 tablespoon or so of extra virgin olive or coconut oil, then add onion and garlic and cook with the lid on for 4-5 minutes or until translucent. Give them a stir throughout. Remove lid, add coriander stalks and spices, cook a further minute stirring throughout so they don’t stir to the pan. Add beans and tomatoes, lower heat to low-medium and cook 10 minutes with the lid off.

Mix together all ingredients for the salsa in a bowl and set aside. Once everything is ready simple layer the nachos mix over the cooked sweet potatoes, top with salsa and coriander leaves, season with sea salt and black pepper and serve.

This post originally appeared on Remedy Nutritionist Jacqueline Alwill's Brown Paper Bag blog.

What gives the Cronulla Sharks good energy?

Remedy recently caught up with some of the leading lights of NRL team the Cronulla Sharks including Shaun Johnson, Josh Morris, Andrew Fifita and Chad Townsend to find out what gives them good energy.

Hint: a bit of Blink 182, some kale, a few meatballs and a Remedy Good Energy or two see them through!

Remedy Good Energy is an energy drink made right. Live cultured and all-natural, it’s hand crafted the same way as all Remedy drinks are, with no sugar, naturally. This brand new fizzy is the world’s first kombucha-based energy drink, containing all the goodness and benefits of kombucha with the added good vibes and good energy buzz of raw green coffee bean extract, green tea and ginseng for a smoother, more enduring real energy kick minus the nasties.

Available in Kakadu Plum, Blackberry and Coffee, Remedy Good Energy is positively jammed with goodies for your mind, body and gut! Made with a base of Remedy Kombucha (the very same raw, all natural, long-aged brewed small batch kombucha Australia has come to love), Remedy Good Energy is packed with polyphenol antioxidants, live cultures, naturally energising organic acids, vitamins and amino acids.

When can you drink Remedy Good Energy?

In the AM: Remedy Good Energy is the perfect fizzy to put a pep in your step first thing. Chock full of anti-oxidants, live cultures, polyphenols and vitamins, try Blackberry or Kakaku Plum for a fruity start to your day.

When the 3pm slump hits: It’s a thing. Instead of reaching for a cheeky chocolate or soft drink, why not try a Remedy Good Energy and do the right thing by your mind, body and gut! Healthy = tasty with Remedy. No guilt goodness for your gut right here!

If you're busting a gut at work or play: You’re out and about trying to get ‘it’ done or pulling a late one because you’ve got an exam or work presentation. Reach for the Remedy Good Energy we say!

Sub out a traditional energy drink: Got the jitters from one too many? We get it, we’re no saints either but try a Remedy Good Energy instead and see how you go…guaranteed you’ll be feelin’ good vibes only.

All good? All riiiiiiight!

We bounce to this

What do you get when you combine a bunch of fun-as fitness fanatics, Remedy Good Energy and dodgeball on a trampoline?  Good times and good vibes that’s what!

The Sporteluxe x Remedy Good Energy launch event in Sydney saw a core crew assemble at SkyZone to try our bangin’ new range of kombucha based energy drinks in Blackberry, Kakadu Plum and Coffee flavours before a mad dash through a challenging warrior course followed by a hyper-competitive game of dodgeball ON A TRAMPOLINE. If that doesn’t put a smile on your dial AND get your heart pumping, you are officially dead. RIP.

Remedy Nutritionist Jacqueline Alwill joined the team for lunch afterwards, giving everyone the lowdown on the nutritional benefits of Remedy Good Energy (polyphenol antioxidants, live cultures, naturally energising organic acids, vitamins, amino acids plus raw green coffee bean and ginseng) along with her hot tips on what to look for diet wise to sustain your good energy throughout the day

All good? Allll riiiiight!

You down with ACV?

Truth be told acronyms drive us a little nutty. But Apple Cider Vinegar can be a mouthful, both literally and figuratively!

Having said that, we love ACV for many reasons: it can aid digestion, help regulate and stabilise blood sugar levels, promote good heart health and help keep cholesterol low.

We love it but we don’t necessarily love necking it straight! Which is why we use ACV to make one of the best tasting fizzies out there – Remedy Switchel!

Here’s four good reasons to incorporate more ACV in your diet:

1. Good bacteria for your gut

Heard of ‘the mother’ -  the web like sediment that sits at the bottom of the bottle of raw, organic, unpasteurised apple cider vinegar? This ‘mother’ is very similar to the SCOBY (symbiotic colony of good bacteria and yeast) you’ll find in kombucha. Believed to be rich in health-boosting natural proteins, healthy bacteria and acetic acid, ‘the mother’ is where it’s at and part of the reason why ACV is so good for you.

2. Damn good for your digestion

Drinking ACV can help regulate the amount of acid in your stomach, leading to easier digestion. Bye bye bloating or constipation! Just like other fermented foods (hello kombucha and coconut water kefir), raw, unpasteurised apple cider vinegar also contains healthy bacteria that can help keep your digestive system working properly.

3. Curbs those blood sugar spikes

A daily dose of ACV can help stabilise and regulate blood sugar. Consider having a Switchel before a high-carb meal to prevent blood sugar spikes and if you’re counting your calories, research has also found that acetic acid in ACV can stop your body from absorbing the calories from carbohydrates.

4. Lowers cholesterol and improves heart health

Studies have shown that taking ACV can help to lower triglycerides. Triglycerides are a type of fat found in your blood but having high levels of these lipids can increase your risk of heart disease because they cause fat to build up in your arteries which can block blood flow. No thanks!

There you have it, four very good reasons to incorporate ACV into your daily diet to give your gut and overall health and wellbeing a boost.  The easiest, tastiest way to do so? Grab a Remedy Switchel Tropical, Finger Lime or Blood Orange Switchel to reap the rewards. Not sure which flavour to try first? Grab a mixed case and try them all!

Five health hacks to fight off cold and flu season

by Remedy Nutritionist Jacqueline Alwill

It’s here! The season of cough, sniffle, sneeze and the doona come coat (fashionable… of course) to avoid chances of aforementioned cough, sniffle and sneeze. If the months of winter are some you dread, then it’s time to get savvy on how you can boost your immune system, energy and mood so you can enjoy the season ahead. Get rugged up and read on friends…

Dive into the winter sun

Make the most of any and all sunshine where possible and soak up the beautiful Vitamin D to give our bodies a boost throughout the winter months. Vitamin D from the sun can help fight bacteria and viruses as well as strengthen the immune system. Aim for 10-15 minutes of sunshine in your lunch break and if you’re able, expose your stomach or back for optimum absorption.

Double up on immune boosting foods

There are so many great ways you can pack a heap of immune boosting ingredients into your meals and snacks throughout the day, but having them on hand to start is the key. Add these ingredients to your shopping list:

Ginger: pop it into tea infusions, stir fries, curries, soups

Garlic: hello garlicky-olive oil toast with avocado and eggs, and of course slow cooked meals, soups, dressings or straight up if you’re brave!

Citrus fruits: lemon, lime and grapefruit not only taste delicious but are chockers in Vitamin C so aim to include them in your diet through fresh juices, squeezed over salads, in water or enjoy grapefruit as a scrumptious immune boosting snack

Green and herbal tea infusions: are a fab way to swap another coffee in your day in favour of something that can up the antioxidants in your life as well as warm and hydrate the body all in one hit

Fermented foods and drinks: such as miso and kraut are delicious as part of your meal or sip on a brew of miso soup in between meals. AND if you need something fizzy, refreshing, jam packed with flavour and good nutrition then a fermented drink such as Remedy Kombucha Ginger Lemon ticks all the boxes for immune boosting ingredients with ginger, lemon, green tea, organic acids and live cultures from the slow fermentation process. Be it Ginger Lemon or any of the Remedy Kombucha range you’re guaranteed to get an immune lovin’ hit.

Green vegetables: broccoli, spinach, kale, peas, zucchini, Asian and bitter greens should pack the fridge drawer over these next few months and make up the bulk in most of your meals. Green vegetables are full of antioxidants and phytochemicals and aid the body’s natural detoxification pathways too. Check out the most delicious Gut Loving, Immune Boosting Green Soup recipe here.

Practice rest

Which truly sounds bizarre I know, but hear me out. Chasing the clock, overcommitting, having a list a mile long, juggling work and family and all sorts of other ‘must do’s’ in our day creates stress in our body. Stress weakens the immune system, increasing our risk of falling sick once exposed to bacteria or viruses lurking about. A simple practice for reducing stress in our body is to address it with rest. By rest, yes of course, aim for quality sleep and healthy sleep habits (e.g. not trying to sleep immediately after looking at social media or emails, darkening the room etc) but also aim to allocate anywhere between 5-15 minutes each day to ‘practice rest’, the rest where you let your body take time out and don’t actually sleep, but practice the gentle art of switching off – guilt free. Everything will be waiting for you when you finish resting, don’t worry, it’s not going anywhere, but your good health won’t be unless you alter your lifestyle. Pop your legs up the wall, move into child’s pose, lie flat on the ground at the end of the day and incorporate deep belly breaths, meditate, whatever feels right for you, but make the practice of rest a part of your day.

Increase your zinc

Zinc is an absolute powerhouse nutrient playing a role in hundreds of enzyme and biochemical pathways in our body, including those which pump up our immune system. Zinc rich foods are abundant and easily incorporated into the diet, so whilst you’re making your shopping list of immune boosting ingredients to add to your cooking repertoire, choose a selection of these zinc winners too – legumes, seeds, nuts, dairy such as full fat natural yoghurt, wholegrains, eggs, shellfish and red meat if that’s for you.

Aim for plant diversity in the 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. 

This post originally appeared on Remedy Nutritionist Jacqueline Alwill's Brown Paper Bag blog. 

Beating the 3pm slump with Remedy Good Energy

The dreaded 3pm slump. It's a thing. You know that flagging feeling when you automatically reach for a sugary snack or bevvie? Well, Remedy Nutritionist Jacqueline Alwill recently visited Channel Nine's Today show to talk through your food options for sustaining energy throughout the day. And it all starts with lunch!

Jacq's hot tips for lunch time and afternoon snackage:

Bananas are an excellent source of carbohydrates, potassium and vitamin B6 and super easy for quick 'grab and go' snack!

Oily fish contain omega-3 fatty acids which have been shown to reduce inflammation in the body which is a common cause of fatigue.

Sweet potatoes are high in fibre and complex carbs meaning your body digests sweet potatoes at a slower pace, providing you with a steady supply of energy.

Avocados are rich in healthy fats and fibre. The good fats in avos come from monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids and can be stored in the body and used for energy.

Coffee or caffeine is fine to consume if you need a burst of energy. Caffeine can quickly pass from your bloodstream to your brain and increases the production of epinephrine. This hormone stimulates the body and brain to make you feel alert and focused.

Green tea has all the benefits of caffeine but also L-theanine which delivers a smoother boost of energy. Green tea also contains high concentrations of powerful antioxidants that can help prevent oxidative stress and inflammation. Look for a drink like Remedy Good Energy that contains both green coffee bean extract and green tea if you want a boost of caffeine along with the added benefits of antioxidants, organic acids and amino acids.

Oranges are famous for their high vitamin C content but also contain antioxidant compounds that can provide protection from oxidative stress which can make you feel fatigued.

Wholegrains - just one cup of brown rice provides about 88% of the RDI for manganese, a mineral that helps your enzymes break down carbohydrates and proteins to generate energy.

Hummus - the combination of chickpeas, tahini, oil and lemon makes hummus a great source of energy with lots of complex carbs, fibre and healthy fats.These ingredients assist in slowing down the absorption of carbs, which helps avoid blood sugar spikes.

Edamame are chockful full of protein, carbs and fibre as well as vitamins and minerals including high levels of manganese and folic acid. Folic acid works with iron to promote energy and fight off fatigue, while manganese helps generate energy from the breakdown of carbs and protein.

Nuts and seeds including almonds, brazil nuts, cashews (AKA ABC) are a rich source of essential fatty acids, fibre and antioxidants. Together these nuts have all the essential amino acids required to build a complete protein. The combination of these micronutrients keeps appetite at bay and sustains energy for longer periods. Go for a handful of mixed raw nuts and seeds as a nutrient rich snack.

So make sure you try and incorporate a few of these foods and bevvies into your diet and you'll be well on your way to sustaining good energy throughout the day!

 

Healthy lunch swaps made easy

by Remedy Nutritionist Jacqueline Alwill

Most would agree that lunchtime is a pretty welcomed (even if it is only very brief!) break in the day. All too frequently however, in the scramble that is the lunchtime rush, people miss out on absolutely bangin' nutrition in their meal and bevvie, so today we’ll dive right into just how people in all walks of life can up their game and really crank some good energy for the remainder of the day.

Tradies we’re coming for you first. You’re up at the crack of dawn and on the tools early, so by the time lunch time rolls around the temptation of a sauso rolls, pie or burger with an energy drink is all so tempting but in both the short and long term this kind of lunch doesn’t support your health and worse can lead to a number of chronic health conditions too. The best choice? If you can be prepared to whack a sambo in a lunchbox quickly in the morning or even the night before, pop in some quality carbs such as leftover roast veggies, pack some fruit and rather than team it with a run of the mill high sugar energy drink, swap it out and go for Remedy Good Energy. The combination of green and black tea kombucha in the base of the drink, combined with green coffee bean and panax ginseng, without any added sugar will give you the lift you need AND has the added bonus of actually sustaining your energy and protecting your body from the effects of stress – definitely something for those in labour intensive jobs like yours! Good Energy has just joined the Remedy family with three delicious flavours for you to choose from – Kakadu Plum, Coffee and and Blackberry.

Students we know late nights of partying and study means you need optimal nutrition throughout the day. Whilst a quick, take away, fast food lunch might seem like the easiest choice, it’s time to get some food planning in with your study plan. Your best option here for high quality nutrition to sustain your energy for both study and social life is to swap take out foods and sugar laden drinks for some home cooked leftovers from the night before. Try simple, veggie rich dishes like stir fries, curries, frittata which don’t break the bank either, and take your nutrition and health to the next level by teaming it with a Remedy Kombucha. There are now nine different flavours of Remedy booch to choose from, so you’re totally spoilt for choice. Know that when you do pick up any of Remedy’s delish kombucha that you’re feeding your gut an abundance of beneficial bacteria to support immunity, digestive health, energy and brain function too.

Working hard to achieve your career goals but absolutely hanging for 1pm to take a breather and recharge for the afternoon? Time to think about the food and drinks in your lunch (in the park, obvs, definitely not at your desk…hint…) that will tick the boxes for balanced nutrition and boost your mental function for the rest of the day. Try making a swap from a grab 'n' go, scoff and stare at social media/emails whilst at your desk scenario to a lunch that will deliver energy and sustenance. Move over dirty chicken burrito, we’re boosting that lunch time office wrap with some delicious nutritious edge. Grab ingredients from home or the local market such as silverbeet, lentils, chickpeas, lemon, avocado, fresh herbs, feta, dukkah, juicy tomatoes, spring onion, chop them altogether, wrap them up in the big green silverbeet leaves, serve it up with one of Remedy’s insanely delicious Switchel flavours including Tropical, Blood Orange or Finger Lime and head out to get some Vitamin D on your lunch break in the sun. Remedy’s Switchel range made on a base of apple cider vinegar and ginger is the perfect pairing for lunches like these. Switchel keeps you hydrated and with the combination of apple cider vinegar and ginger helps reduce inflammation in the body during times of stress and no doubt we could all do with a little extra help reducing the load of stress in our lives at times right?

Parents, how busy life is for you chasing the small folk, avoiding headaches with teens, and we know how the days and weeks fly by with the crazy schedule of managing family, work and a smidgen of time for you. Sometimes the days go by and you wonder when or IF you actually ate lunch? The crusts from the kids' sandwiches don’t count for quality nutrition sorry!!! So let’s start with foundations and a bit of routine around it and then go from there. Stock up your fridge with some Remedy Coconut Water Kefir and get into the habit of making yourself a quick salad in the morning as you pop the kids lunches together, maybe if you’ve time boil a few eggs to enjoy for a couple of days with your salads to complete the meal. Feel confident that you’re fuelling your gut with an abundance of natural kefir probiotics from Remedy’s Coconut Water Kefir and hydrating yourself at the same time. Not to mention, just enjoying a little moment reserved for you to nourish and recharge. Remember to take care of your family’s health you have to take care of yours too!

This post originally appeared on Remedy Nutritionist Jacqueline Alwill's Brown Paper Bag blog.

Switchel say-what-now?

Have you heard about our new drink, Remedy Switchel? What even is a Switchel you ask? Allow us to explain...

Switchel the newest member of the Remedy family. But it’s not really all that new. It’s actually kinda old school.

It’s fizzy, a little fiery and super refreshing, made with a base of raw organic apple cider vinegar and fresh organic ginger. And like all Remedy drinks, it naturally contains no sugar.

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Happy drinking with Destination Happiness

If there's one thing we never get sick of doing around here (aside from making tasty live cultured drinks - duh), it's sharing our love for kombucha, how we make it and why it's so darn good for you.

Which is why we were especially stocked recently to host the team from Channel Nine's Destination Happiness in our Remedy kitchen to give host Angie HIlton a crash course on Kombucha, including a little DIY tutorial, featuring our amazing Remedt Nutritionist, Jacqueline Alwill. 

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WHAT THE HECK IS A FINGER LIME?

We love a good native Aussie ingredient at Remedy. Which is why we jumped at the chance to include one of our absolute faves - the finger lime - in our new Remedy Switchel line up.

If you haven't heard of this ripper little local fruit and are wondering what the name is all about, it's pretty simple. It's a lime-like fruit that's shaped - surprise surprise - a little like a finger!

To help fill you in on more of the detail, we've called in our go-to experts on all things native Australian super foods, our mates at The Australian Super Food Co.  Founder and head dietitian Hayley Blieden gave us the low down.

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5 WAYS TO HEAL YOUR GUT AT EVERY MEAL (PLUS A RECIPE!)

When you sit to eat your meal are you comfortable or anxious about how it’s going to make you feel? Do you take it slowly and chew each mouthful or inhale it? Do you wonder why your digestive system doesn’t feel quite right? Do you know how to create a meal that can ease the pressure of digestion and work on healing your gut?

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Why is ginger so good for you?

It may take no convincing to ask you to eat a few more berries, they’re sweet, delicious little bursts of nutrition but ginger on the other hand can be a touch trickier.

By contrast to the sweet delight that is the berry family, ginger is strong in flavour with a zing and kick. And, whilst we know berries are some of the richest known sources of antioxidants to protect our bodies from the effects of stress, illness and well, let’s face it life in general, our ginger nutrient factoids might be a little rusty.

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7 TIPS FOR MINDFUL EATING

It’s easy to find yourself caught up in the rush of life and lose sight of the simple things like sitting, being engaged and mindful with your eating. Let’s take a moment to refresh that practice…

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Sneak a peek inside a nutritionist’s fridge

There’s no use denying it. We all love a good snoop.

And while we certainly aren’t innocent of falling down a rabbit-hole of on an old flame’s insta account or losing a couple of hours trawling for interior inspo on design blog home tours, here at Team Remedy our fave place to snoop is… a fridge.

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How to swap meat for veggies

Forget life-changing diets. Living a healthier and happier life can be achieved through baby steps: a little switch-a-roo here and a swap-a-roonie there. For example, with drinks it might be ditching a softie with your sushi and switching to a Remedy, or swapping some wine-time for a booch-break.

Same goes for food. One of the simplest changes you can make is one we've all heard before: eat more veggies. Easy said, but not always easily done, we get it. So we thought we'd share this handy guide from our Remedy Nutritionist, Jacqueline Alwill for upping your plant-based intake by swapping out meat for veggies. This post was originally published on Jacq's blog on her website The Brown Paper Bag. Pop over there for stacks of delicious recipes and advice on all things real healthy food and nutrition.


Over to you, Jacq!

Whether you’re a vegetarian or an avid meat eater, to be honest we can all do more eating of plants. However, it can be tricky if you’re not quite sure where to start right?

Here are a few ideas for making your old favourites (burgers, lasagne, stews, eggs and bacon) without sacrificing flavour and certainly no jibbing on the nutrition either – plants are abundant!

BURGERS

Because veggie burgers are insane and one of the yummiest way to get your fix without meat. Try:

    • Whole grilled field mushrooms
    • Chickpeas and sweet potato with herbs
    • Sliced haloumi – grilled, golden and stretchy mmmm
    • Lentils with herbs, brown rice and egg
    • Mixed grains – barley, brown rice, oat, peanut butter and herbs

 

LASAGNE

Family favourite right? Try:

    • Lentils for the mince in a 1:1 swap (cooked lentils to raw mince).
    • Grated veggies such as carrot, beetroot, parsnip and pumpkin, sauteed with herbs where mince was.
    • Sauteed mushroom and eggplant.

 

STEWS

Made for upping the veggie intake! Try using:

    • Chickpeas
    • Lentils
    • Kidney bean – lentil, kidney and black bean all work a treat in vegetarian chilli with guacamole.
    • Black bean.
    • Butter bean.

 

CURRIES

Spice up the ante… Try:

    • Combos of root vegetables such as pumpkin, sweet potato or carrot with nuts including almonds and cashews to create a sustaining curry with a good combo of fats.
    • Tempeh or organic tofu – you can now find soy free tempeh in lots of health food stores – I’ve come across Byron Bay Tempeh (tried the chickpea one) and their range is fab.
    • Bean combinations again – lentils, chickpeas, butter beans as above – but don’t forget the beautiful dhals you can make using moong dhal, yellow or red split peas too! There are a few dhal recipes on the Brown Paper Bag blog here.

 

BREAKFAST AND LUNCH ‘EXTRAS’

If that’s the right way to put it but let’s take a look at those. Try:

    • Bacon – order a side of sauteed spinach, avocado, spiced beans, grilled tomato, mushrooms and other such delicious plants, but try to just keep to your 1-2 slices of bread, we don’t need to put so much bread into our diet if we are moving to vegetarianism cheese – for sandwiches, wraps, etc – if you are moving toward a more vegan dietary approach – up the ante with sprouts such as alfalfa, mung and chickpea, and a good smear of avocado. #avomakeseverythingbetter
    • Creamy dressings – go for simple vinegar and oil based, or those made with coconut or natural yoghurt (if not vegan), avocado, nut butters and tahini make for delicious dressings too.

 

And a final word, if your intention is to move more toward vegetarianism but you still find yourself craving a steak, or lamb cutlets, don’t punish yourself and feel guilt, perhaps a flexible approach (flexitarian) is for you? Better to feel relaxed and content eating than anxious.

Images by Jacqueline Alwill for The Brown Paper Bag.

Roast Cherry Ripple Semifreddo

One of the perks of having the lovely Jacqueline Alwill from The Brown Paper Bag on board as our Remedy Nutritionist is an inside line to her AH-FREAKIN-MAZING whole food recipes.

We were obviously beyond excited when she was inspired by the launch of our new Cherry Plum kombucha to create a delicious, refined-sugar-free sweet treat that celebrates cherry in all its glory.

This recipe was originally posted on The Brown Paper Bag. Pop over there for stacks of delicious recipes and advice on all things real healthy food and nutrition. Over to you, Jacq...

"Remedy’s Cherry Plum Kombucha is deliciously sweet without being too much so, and on these hot summer days the perfect accompaniment for an icy treat – enter ROAST CHERRY RIPPLE SEMI FREDDO – enjoy!"

Ingredients

  • 1 cup greek yoghurt
  • 1 cup ricotta
  • 1/2 cup full cream milk
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 180g cherries, seeded and halved

 

Method

  • Preheat oven to 180C and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
  • Place cherries on tray, drizzle with 2 tablespoons honey and place in oven to cook for 30 minutes.
  • Once cherries are cooked, remove from oven and allow to cool.
  • Make the ice cream by placing greek yoghurt, ricotta, full cream milk, honey and vanilla in a large mixing bowl and whisk together well.
  • Pour half the ice cream into a 1L container, swirl through half the cherries and repeat.
  • Wrap with glad wrap and place in freezer to set over night.
  • Remove and allow to thaw slightly before serving.
  • To serve either flip out of tin and slice or scoop and serve with roast stone fruit.


Serves 6 - 8

Banner image by Jacqueline Alwill for The Brown Paper Bag.

5 tips for healthier festive drinking

Christmas and the festive party season  is a minefield if you're trying to stay healthy.

First, there's the food: the chocolate gifts; the fried party food; the moreish nibbles; the all-you-can-eat buffet style meals. Urgh, so good. Yet, so bad.

Then there's the DRINKS. Every occasion seems to come with a reason to say cheers. But if you don't drink, trying to avoid alcohol or just need a night off, the non-boozy options are usually sugar bombs, tasteless or downright boring (another sparkling water, anyone?).

Thankfully, you've now got another option: Remedy to the rescue. Our kombucha is packed with goodness (live cultures and organic acids!), naturally contains no sugar and is tasty to boot!  But if that's not enough, here are five more reasons to skip the booze and choose booch this festive and party season:

1. Improve your gut health

If there’s one thing that makes healthy living harder than booze during the silly season, it’s food. Kombucha aids digestion and improves gut health by balancing out bad bacteria with lots of all-natural good stuff, thanks to live cultures and organic acids and digestive enzymes.

2. Stock up on your antioxidants

While it will never fully cure a hangover, if you do slip up and are a feeling a little under the weather, Remedy is a good choice for the next day's recovery. One of the causes of hangover symptoms is the release of free radicals in your liver. Our kombucha is teeming with naturally occurring polyphenols – nutrients which are rich in antioxidants that scavenge for free radicals in the body and prevent them from causing cell damage.

3. Achieve a natural energy boost

If you do party a little too hard and need a boost the next day, reach of a Remedy rather than a coffee or softie. Kombucha provides a natural energy boost without crash and burn of caffeine or sugar.

4. Regulate your appetite and kick-start your metabolism

The natural organic acids in Remedy are proven to help regulate your appetite.  There is also growing body of evidence that naturally occurring live cultures, good bacteria and other microbes in the body can boost your metabolism and influence weight.

5. Feel and look good - inside and out

The term "beauty starts from within" is probably more true than you realise. It's been proven that the health of your gut can have an impact on so many other parts of your body, including your skin and your mental health.  So whether you're wanting to look good for that NYE party or feel good

Top five health benefits of native Kakadu plum

The term 'superfood' gets bandied about pretty liberally these days. We totally get it if your first inclination to any mention of superfood is the eye rolling emoji.

BUUUUUUT... we feel it is our duty to stand up for one little humble Aussie battler that is really truly madly deeply deserving of the term: the native Kakadu plum. It's no coincidence that this humble little fruit is one of the stars of our fancy-pants new flavour, Cherry Plum. Not only does it taste great, but it's also super good for you!

Now, let's first establish that Kakadu plum probably doesn't fit what you imagine a plum to look like. For starters, it's green. Some say the it looks and tastes more like an English gooseberry. It tastes a little more tart, and it smells a bit like stewed apples and pears, with some citrusy, musky notes thrown in too.

So, why the superfood status? To get the lowdown on the health benefits of Kakadu plum, we had a yarn with Hayley Blieden, founder of Australian Superfood Co, who we work with to source our Kakadu plums. Hayley is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Nutritionist (BNutDiet, M.B.A.)  and she is super passionate about native foods and their nutritional benefits. Based on her wisdom, we've narrowed the health benefits down to a top five...

1. It's chockablock full of Vitamin C:

Kakadu plum contains the highest recorded levels of Vitamin C of any fruit in the WORLD. Seriously. We're talking 100 times the Vitamin C content found in an orange!

2. It's rich in antioxidants:

Kakadu plums are 5.2 times more potent in their antioxidant capacity the blueberry.

3. It's medicinal:

The world is finally waking up to what indigenous Australians have known forever, which is that the kakadu plum has antifungal and antiviral properties.

4. It packs vego-friendly muscle:

Kakadu plum is an excellent source of iron and Vitamin E, good news for our vego friends who are sick of being asked "but how do you get your iron?"

5. It's full of folate:

Kakadu plum contains 110 micrograms of folate per 100 gram – the same amount found in broccoli.

Pretty amazing list there, huh? If you're still sceptical, perhaps it would help to know that this ain't no fad. Hayley explains that Indigenous Australians have been all over Kakadu plum for a long, looooong time.

"Considered a gift of the Dreamtime, the Kakadu Plum has been an important food and medicine in Northern Australia for millennia" says Hayley.

"From March to June, the local people harvest and consume this energising, thirst-quenching fruit. Throughout the rest of the year, the tree sap is consumed to treat joint inflammation, whilst the bark is applied to the body to treat burns, rashes and infections."

If you're keen to know more, pop over to Australian Superfoods website here. And if you're wondering how to get more Kakadu plum into your diet, Remedy Kombucha Cherry Plum is a nice start ;)

Yeah, but what even IS kombucha?

We’ve all been there. That awkward feeling when everyone else is all over something and you have absolutely no idea what they are on about. The latest Netflix true crime doco. That festival in the middle of nowhere. The hippest place to get avocado on toast. It's too late to ask. Or you can't be bothered. But you really want to know.

Which is why we are here with the definitive guide to the question: what on earth IS kombucha?

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Four reasons to drink kombucha

Maybe you tried it, liked it, and now want to start converting others? Perhaps you’re still tossing up whether to take the leap to try something new and you want to make sure you’re not buying into some fad. Or maybe you just need some cold hard facts to be convinced.

We’re here to help. We’ve taken all the hype and simplified the science to tell you what’s up...

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Top tips: 7 Foods to Fight the Flu

We're so lucky to have Remedy Nutritionist, Jacqueline Alwill on hand to offer guidance and advice on all things health and nutrition.  But we're all about sharing the love around here, so don't think we're going to keep all of her top tips to ourselves!


One of our favourites is this hit list for your shopping list to help you get through the next flu season unscathed.

7 Foods to Keep your Health in Good Nick

…and avoid winter lurgies


by Jacqueline Alwill

When the winter hits I have the pantry and fridge loaded with all my remedies to ward off any of those winter beasts (read : sickness) and even the hint of a sniffle. It’s a kitchen stock up, protocol if you will, I’ve used with lots of families and individuals whom I’ve treated in my nutrition practice too. We have an abundance of incredibly nutritious foods at our fingertips that we can use as our medicine, so there is no reason we shouldn’t right?

FERMENTED FOODS

Top the list, because they feed and fuel the bacteria in our gut so we can thrive. In nutrition we learnt first and foremost, (and as you may be understanding increasingly as it comes into the media spotlight – hurrah!) the gut is the seat of our health. If we attend to the integrity of our gut, health, energy and vitality flows.

Fermented foods come into play because they are the richest food sources of pre and probiotics (a team of gut feeders) and enzymes. We need these nutrients not only to feed the good bacteria in our gut, but so our bodies can then combat the bad bacteria we come into contact with increasingly over winter.

What many people do however is go through winter, unprepared until they get sick, then after 2 weeks feeling rotten, a trip to the doctor and a course of antibiotics, decide they’ll turn to their kitchen and food for support. If we flip this, we put ourselves in a much better position to avoid getting sick, doctors visits and the damage a course of antibiotics does to our liver and digestive system. So when next you hit the grocery stores or however you do your shop, be sure to top up on the key fermented foods and integrate them daily to be one step ahead of the game.

Fuel with these key fermented foods:

Kombucha:

Remedy is my preference. I’m a nutrition partner with Remedy Kombucha because the quality of their product is superior to other kombucha in the market. Not only is it the only kombucha brand in Australia to have close to 0g of sugar, (this comes as a result of their fermentation process) but Remedy are constantly testing, researching and increasing the quality and quantity of the live beneficial bacteria in their blend.

Sauerkraut and kimchi:

Purchase these from the fridge of your health food store / independent grocer and aim for an organic brand. Integrate these into your diet daily if possible through fritters, wraps or simply on the side of your steamed veg, salad or soup. I’ve been known to have a small portion of kraut just on its own pre dinner as a snack, and I’m sure I’m not the only one.

Miso:

Is a heavenly little cup of warmth over the winter months and as a fermented soy bean is another great source of probiotics and enzymes.

 

CITRUS FRUITS

An oldie but a goodie – the citrus fruits! A few reasons why you want them sitting on hand and how to consume them as well. Citrus fruits are a seasonal winter fruit. Important stuff this eating for the season business and even more so as increasingly fruits and vegetables become available year round as a result of imports. Mother nature however recognises the change in season and enriches her produce – lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruit – with the vitamins we need including supercharged antioxidant, Vitamin C, in order to support our bodies and their fight against colds and flus! Eat them in winter!

And, to note, I say eat as much as possible when it comes to the sweeter variety here such as oranges. Whilst it’s tempting to juice a bunch of oranges and have a big glass, the benefit to our bodies and extraction of vitamins actually comes through eating the whole fruit, including all the juicy fibre. Fibre for gut health, vitamins from the whole fruit and also so that we avoid the big dump of (fructose) sugar that comes from simply juicing. Lemons are a bend on the eat the whole fruit rule. Few of us would want to anyway. So with lemons aim to use them every day throughout these cold months. Wake with the juice of a lemon and some warm filtered water to cleanse, kickstart and fire up the vitamin and antioxidant status in your morning, squeeze liberally over salads and steamed vegetables, fish, chicken, you name it. Have the bowl of citrus as a source of nutrition in your kitchen always.

BONE BROTH

Up there with fermented tea (kombucha) as an old remedy (pardon the Remedy booch pun) used for restoring the body to good health. As we now readily have many brands of beautiful organic bone broths available to us, you can purchase and keep in the fridge or freezer should the time not be available to slow cook your own. And that’s perfectly fine. We do not all have hours on a weekend to spend simmering away, when you can do so, but if it doesn’t allow aim for high quality that will deliver a broth rich in nutrition.
 

HERBAL TEA

Because it’s so easy to forget to drink plain water when it’s cold isn’t it? We’ve all been guilty of it. Water and the hydration of our cells is key for energy and immunity. We can live for days without food and survive but our cells cannot function and communicate effectively without H20. Stock up with some herbal (not caffeinated as the caffeine acts as a diuretic) teas in the cupboard.

Simple hydration in the herbal tea department can include:

  • peppermint tea – lovely digestive
  • liquorice tea – great for a sweet hit
  • chamomile – calming and soothing
  • ginger – digestive and immune boosting
  • passionflower – or a chamomile passionflower blend, for more restful sleep

 

DARK AND LEAFY GREENS

For life! As a nutritionist I will never let up on telling people to eat their greens and be creative with how they eat them. Blend them into soup or smoothies (aim to drink smoothies at room temp in winter so as to not chill the body or digestive system), steam veggies at night instead of eating salads, pop them in your eggy fry up at brekky, whatever and however is a great way to get those greens in.

Stock the fridge with these top players:

  • spinach
  • kale
  • broccoli
  • chinese vegetables
  • fresh herbs
     

MANUKA HONEY

An important one to mention particularly at present when I see more supermarkets with Manuka sitting on their shelf. There is admittedly some clever marketing going on around the Manuka ingredient and therefore it’s easy enough to think you’re buying something with nutrition / medicinal benefit when the reality is you may not. Look out for the Manuka MGO (methylglyoxyl) potency stamp. MGO is the main antibacterial ingredient in the Manuka. This stamp is the MGO number with a + sign on the packaging of good quality Manuka you may pick up. The numbers vary greatly. That which you can eat is generally between 100-400 MGO, higher than that have a strong medicinal effect 400 and above.

GINGER

Finally, our humble little root in the fruit and vegetable drawer, ginger. A circulatory stimulant (goodbye cold hands and feet during winter), digestive aid and powerful immune booster. There are so many ways you can use this root in your cooking as a medicinal food. To top the list, warm and soothe the body, think curries, soups, carrot and ginger juices, or a simple ginger, lemon and honey tea.

Because proactive is of greater benefit than being reactive when it comes to health, I encourage you to fill the pantry and fridge with these ingredients and keep close to you always…

'Let food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food' (Socrates)

 

This post was originally published on The Brown Paper Bag

Banner image credit: Jacqueline Alwill for The Brown Paper Bag.

Introducing our Remedy Nutritionist

We are so proud to have the one and only Jacqueline Alwill on the Remedy Kombucha team as our official nutritionist to provide qualified and trusted advice on issues relating to the health and wellness benefits of kombucha.

Jacqueline is a not only a nutritionist of course. She's also an amazing whole foods cook, loving mum and all round ace human.

We reckon she’s the perfect fit for our team because she is passionately committed to improving the health, wellbeing and happiness of all individuals. She’s all about sharing good health with everyone around her in a way that is positive and inclusive, or as she puts it:

“I love giving people an experience in food, health and wellness that makes them feel excited, empowered and happy to start and continue a journey to optimal health”.

Jacq is also the founder and director of The Brown Paper Bag, who offer a wide range of food and health related services and experiences. Her philosophy in health lays the foundations for the experience clients and the community have in her practice, workshops and the food they cook and taste. As it seems with so many inspirational entrepreneurs-with-heart, the seed for Brown Paper Bag was sown at a young age. After establishing an early love affair with food, she found her family couldn’t keep up with her cooking ventures, so she would bundle little treats up in a brown paper bag and share them with her friends and neighbours. This concept is what brought The Brown Paper Bag to life and to its strength today: making delicious, wholesome food, enriched with wonderful nutrition and sharing the experience with those around you.

“When you have a taste of just how good healthy is, really, there’s no reason to look back. A good diet and healthy food, doesn’t have to ever be boring or complex, it’s a space to find your creativity, learn and share a truly incredible experience in food and health.”

Jacqueline has worked on numerous campaigns in nutrition and health for The Cook’s Grocer, Tetley Tea, Brita, Breville Australia, Australia Beef (MLA), Jurlique, FIVE:AM Organics, Bioglan Superfoods and more.

She is also a highly regarded media contributor, offering her knowledge and insight to to RUSSH magazine, Sporteluxe, Men’s Health, Cleo, Dolly, Good Health, Prevention, GMHBA, FMTV and more.  She also joins the panel on Channel Seven’s The Daily Edition, The Morning Show, The Project and Sky Business News frequently to spread the message of nutrition and health.

We look forward to sharing lots more from Jacq with you very soon, including insight into the health benefits of kombucha and other fermented foods, other nutrition advice and tips and - most imporantly - some of her delicious recipes!