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Remedy Switchel Finger Lime, Blood Orange and Tropical against a white wall

What's so good about Remedy Switchel?

Watch Remedy Nutritionist Jacqueline Alwill explain why Remedy Switchel's so good for you.

Remedy Switchel is raw, unpasteurised and positively packed with goodness to benefit your gut health and overall wellbeing with no sugar, naturally.

Back in the day, farmers believed it was the perfect thirst quencher to hydrate and keep them going.

Turns out, they weren’t wrong!

The goodness of Remedy Switchel comes down to three factors: organic apple cider vinegar, real organic ginger and no sugar, naturally.

Firstly, Apple Cider Vinegar

  • Help regulate and stabilise blood sugar levels
  • Aid digestion and improve gut health
  • Help to regulate appetite
  • Promote good heart health and help keep cholesterol levels low
  • Help restore balance in the body after heavy physical exertion, thanks to naturally occurring electrolytes
  • Balance the body’s pH levels

Secondly, ginger

  • Ginger amazing health properties which include:
  • Aiding digestion
  • Reducing inflammation
  • Helping reduce pain symptoms
  • Boosting immunity

AND no sugar, naturally

Like Remedy Kombucha, Remedy Switchel naturally contains no sugar, with an official tick of approval from Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar Recommends program.

The added bonus? Remedy Switchel is DELICIOUS, making it a super easy way to up the ante on the goodness in your everyday diet.

Eight flavours of Remedy Kombucha lined up on a wooden table in a cafe

Kombucha myths busted

There’s a whole lotta jibber jabber out there about what kombucha is and isn’t. How on earth are you supposed to tell the difference when you don’t have a science degree and there’s so many mixed messages? The pressure!

Just like Frankie, Remedy says ‘relax’. Here’s our quick kombucha myth busting cheat sheet for the next time you’re left standing in the supermarket scratching your head.

Look for live cultures

Each and every batch of Remedy Kombucha is a descendent from the very first batch made on the kitchen counter of our founders Sarah and Emmet. The same culture has been brewing kombucha in Australia for more than 40 years. That’s a sign of a very healthy, very strong live culture indeed! 

Remedy’s wild, live culture of yeast and bacteria is the workhorse of our small batch kombucha brews. There are several stages to our natural fermentation process, conducted by many different organisms. Yeast of the Saccharomyces genus and bacteria from Acetobacter and Gluconobacter species are just some of the good guys responsible for our healthy, tasty booch. 

Is it raw? Is it unpasteurised?

Remedy Drinks are ALWAYS raw and unpasteurised. This ensures the beneficial bacteria and live cultures remain healthy and intact. 

Is it all natural and organic?

ALL of the ingredients in Remedy Kombucha are all natural and organic. Remedy Kombucha is Australian Certified Organic (ACO) certified. This tells you we have met rigorous independent checks undertaken by one of the most respected and trusted standards in the world for organic production. Our products are also 100% GMO free. 

How is it made?

No rushing around here at Remedy. We let our booch brew for 30 days in a warm, calm environment, in batches small enough to hug (and we do, all the time).  Check whether the label on your booch goes into detail and explains how it’s made. If not, we’d be asking why not?

‘Real kombuchas are found in the fridge’

Hold up! Wait a minute! Only kombuchas still containing sugar need to be stored in the fridge. This is because they can sometimes referment getting all boozy, loose-y goose-y and exploding everywhere.

No risk with Remedy as NONE of our drinks contain any sugar (so no chance of refermentation) and our cultures are ripped, super strong and fine out of the fridge. We make sure of it by testing throughout shelf life. We’re alive AND kicking!

‘Probiotic water’

Definitely NOT a kombucha. In short, it’s a flavoured water with added probiotics. Each to their own so if you like drinking probiotic water, knock yourself out. But it’s not a kombucha.  We prefer tasty, live cultured, naturally no sugar bevvies thank you very much!

‘You need sugar to ferment. A kombucha without sugar isn’t a real kombucha’

Sure you need sugar to ferment. Can’t argue with that. And we don’t – we use raw organic sugar to kick off our brew but what makes Remedy different is that we ferment out ALL the sugar because we don’t really rate it as a food (hello empty calories) and we don’t think you should be drinking a whole lot of it. That’s why we have the I Quit Sugar tick of approval.

Remedy’s mission is to shake fizzy drinks up for good and that means giving you, THE PEOPLE, a naturally no sugar choice when it comes to choosing a tasty bevvie be that Remedy Kombucha, Remedy Switchel, Remedy Coconut Water Kefir or Remedy Good Energy. All Remedy Drinks are no sugar naturally and proud of it.

The best way to tell if your kombucha is real

It’s super simple to test whether your kombucha is alive and kicking. Pour it into a glass and let it sit in a warm place for a few days. If you use Remedy Kombucha, we betcha bottom dollar a SCOBY (Symbiotic Colony Of Bacteria and Yeast AKA ‘the mother’) will form. THAT’S how you know if it’s the real deal or not. You can even try brewing your very own kombucha using Remedy Kombucha as a starter. Here’s how.

If you have any other questions about kombucha, check out our FAQs or drop us a line!

Remedy Good Energy Blackberry in purple gym background

Why Sporteluxe loves Remedy Good Energy

We’re feeling all the good vibes with Sporteluxe spreading the love when it comes to Remedy Good Energy! (Word is Blackberry is their favourite flavour come the dreaded 3pm slump!)

Here’s their take on why the world’s first kombucha based energy drink is such big news.

Remedy Good Energy range on green background

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!

 

Remedy Good Energy Coffee with lunchbox with sandwich, pickles, sweet potato wedges, bananas and mandarin

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.

Remedy Kombucha Mixed cases

Mix it up, mix it up YEAH!

Booch-curious or not sure you’re ready to commit to one Remedy Kombucha flavour? 

We got you.

High fives all round to the amazing Remedy fermentary gurus who have slogged their guts out to bring you…..drum roll please…….a Remedy Kombucha Mixed Case!

We’ve lost count of how many DMs and emails we’ve received asking ‘when are you going to do a mixed case???’

Well Remedy fans that time is now so don’t disappoint us...there’s only limited stock available so be sure to get in quick before they sell out. And you know what to do if you want to see a Remedy Mixed Case become a permanent feature in our shop - buy it!

What's in it?

Top sellers for your taste buds, the best of the best, the yummiest of the yummers…you get what we’re saying.

Each case contains two delicious 330ml bottles of our top selling flavours including tingly tangy Lemon Lime & Mint, fresher than a fresh prince Apple Crisp, ripe 'n' ready Raspberry Lemonade, zingy zesty Ginger Lemon, fruity floral Cherry Plum and luscious Peach.

Perfect for?

  • Commitment phobes – you’re a bit fickle with your fav flavs. You like to change ‘it’ up. One day you’re in a fiery and feisty Remedy Kombucha Ginger Lemon kinda mood, the next you’re getting all delicate and delightful with Remedy Kombucha Peach. We can’t keep up! Who even are you? Satisfy that thirsty booch beast inside, do yourself a flavour and buy a mixed case.
  • Booch noobs – not sure which Remedy Kombucha flavour to try first? Ride the Remedy rainbow and tickle your tastebuds with our bestsellers. Then go DEEP and grab yourself a whole case of your fav flav. Or keep buying mixed cases. Whatever. We just want you to be happy.
  • Giftage – seriously who wouldn’t be cheered, nay, chuffed to receive a Remedy Kombucha Mixed Case. Thoughtful, flavourful AND the best way to get a good golly gut-full of delicious tasty booch. (Making you officially the best friend, mum, dad, daughter, son, boss EVER).

 

So, we’ve heeded your (LOUD) calls for mixed cases and now you know what to do – ride that Remedy rainbow and SHOP!

Hand holding bottle of Remedy in front of American flag

G'Day USA

We’re beside ourselves with excitement at Remedy HQ because Remedy Drinks are now available in the good ol’ U S of A. Can we get a YEEHA?! And not in any old retailer either….we’re in WALMART stores across the land of the free and home of the brave! Woohoo! Raise the roof and get in ma belly!

In the best ‘not only, but also’….you’ll soon be seeing Remedy pop up in cafés and restaurants across America giving our friends stateside the opportunity to ride the Remedy rainbow of deeee-licious, deeee-lightful, live cultured, naturally no-sugar drinks that’ve already gained an epic following in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the UK and Singapore. 

Launching with Remedy Kombucha Raspberry Lemonade, Ginger Lemon, Cherry Plum and Peach, you can find us in WALMART fridges in 8.5 ounce cans, 20 ounce bottles and 4 x 8.5 ounce can packs.

Based in the US, desperate for your daily dose of Remedy Kombucha and want more flavours in more places? Let us know where you want to see Remedy next! Or get your favourite café or health food store in on the Remedy action and tag them on Remedy’s Facebook or Instagram.

Love ya guts!

Team Remedy xxx

Three bottles of Remedy Good Energy in Coffee, Kakadu Plum and Blackberry

Remedy Good Energy is go!

An energy drink that’s all good? All rrrriiiiiight!

What’s that? An energy drink that’s actually good for you? Heck yes! This brand new, live cultured fizzy from Remedy 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, green tea and ginseng for a smoother, more enduring real energy kick minus the nasties. 

 Why’s it so good for you?

Made with a base of Remedy Kombucha, Remedy Good Energy is packed with polyphenols, live cultures, naturally energising organic acids, vitamins and amino acids.

 For a smoother, more enduring energy kick we’ve added a few extra goodies including:

  • Green coffee bean to deliver a clean, antioxidant rich caffeine boost. Boo ya!
  • Ginseng:  For the win! Ginseng is known for its naturally energising properties and is also rich in antioxidants. Double down on that!


Naturally, Remedy Good Energy  doesn’t  contain any sugar, crazy unsafe levels of caffeine (more on these though later), guarana, or anything artificial. We’re making it right with a drink that delivers a sustained natural energy boost without the crash, jitters or guilt that can come from more traditional energy drinks loaded with sugar and chemicals. 

Where does the energy come from?

It’s all around you. Nah. JK. Good Energy Blackberry and Kakadu Plum flavours contain around 80mg of caffeine per 330ml bottle with Good Energy Coffee containing around 99mg caffeine per bottle. A cup of instant coffee sits at around 80mg of caffeine. Other energy drinks contain around 80mg per 250ml can. Ours has about the same, but without the insane sugar load or any artificial nasties. We know what we’d rather drink!

Soooo….what does it even taste like?

Remedy Good Energy is fizzy, super refreshing and comes in three fab flavours:

  • Blackberry: Ups the anti-ox effect with a natural extract that maintains the vitamins and antioxidants of blackberries, without any of the sugar. Plump & juicy, bursting with goodness.
  • Kakadu Plum: Remedy’s Aussie superfood superhero bevvie. Rich in Vitamin C and other key antioxidants. Tart and zingy, with a fresh-as finish. Fruity, floral and a whole lotta fun.
  • Coffee: For those who really need a little extra. Made with a carefully sourced, high quality roasted coffee extract that beefs up the caffeine content a little. Rich smooth choco-lovely vibes. A little fruity. Super fresh with a full-on coffee kick. 

How on earth do we make this goodness?

Remedy Good Energy comes from the same kitchen counter that brought you Remedy Kombucha and is made using a base of the same live kombucha culture from the original homemade brew that our founders Sarah and Emmet nurtured back in the day.

Brewed the old school way, all the sugar is brewed out, leaving a live cultured drink with no sugar, naturally! We then add green coffee bean, ginseng and all-natural flavours to dial it up to a whole new level for an all-natural energy drink that’s actually good for you!

When can I drink it?

  • 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.
  • The 3pm slump: 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!
  • 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.

Where can I buy it?

Remedy Good Energy is available at Woolworths and online at remedydrinks.com. 

Remedy Kombucha Ginger Berry and Peach cans against a pink background

Yes we CAN!

We’re good listeners here at Remedy. You’re a noisy lot but we love you. No really, we do. 

So when you told us (via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, email and megaphone) that you wanted our deeeelicious and deeeeelightful Remedy Kombucha Ginger Berry and Peach flavours in cans we made it so!   

We’re people pleasers, we can’t help it. We want what you want and if that’s having a cute little 250ml can of your fave booch in your hot little hand, we’re only too happy to oblige.

A great option for kids or when you’re on the go, Remedy Kombucha cans are juuuust the right size for picnics, lunchboxes, handbag, backpack or gym bag.

And rest assured, it’s still the same real-deal, hand crafted, live cultured kombucha you know and love, chock full of organic acids minus the sugar.

Remedy Kombucha 250ml cans are now available in: Raspberry Lemonade, Ginger Lemon, Apple Crisp, Cherry Plum, Lemon Lime & Mint, Ginger Berry and Peach.

Available now to purchase online at remedydrinks.com or at your local Remedy dealer.

Remedy Nutritionist Jacqueline Alwill standing at kitchen counter

Hot tips for your microbiome this winter

Here in the Southern Hemisphere we are heading into the depths of winter and if you have kids that means germs, colds and snot. Lots of snot. There we said it. What can you do about it? Well, one way to boost your family’s immune system is to take care of their gut microbiome. Read on for Remedy Nutritionist Jacqueline Alwill’s take on how to help your family kick winter in the guts.

WTH is a ‘gut microbiome’?

Your ‘gut microbiome’ is made up of the trillions of micro-organisms that live in your intestine. These micro-organisms, mainly made up of bacteria, play a key role in digesting the food you eat, helping you to absorb and synthesise nutrients.

But these good guys are even more amazing because they also play a key role in processes extending beyond our gut including our metabolism, immune function as well as our brain and mood.

There are lots of different factors that influence the type and amount of bacteria we have in our gut, and diet is one of the key ways we can ensure our microbiome is balanced, active and healthy to ensure our immune function is working as well as it can - especially as we head into winter.

Here’s the lowdown.

An imbalance can confuse your immune system

An imbalance of bad gut bacteria essentially confuses the immune system meaning it won’t correctly identify and fight the bad guys like a cold and flu when they arrive.

For kids, this is especially important. They actually inherit our microbiome at birth and the first four to five years of life is when their microbiomes are really being established so fostering the foundations for a healthy gut now will set them up for life.

But it doesn’t have to be a chore. There are some really simple and easy ways to give your gut health a boost.

Mix up your diet

Maybe your kid is going through a ‘white food’ only phase? We hear you. But there are ways to ensure they eat a variety of foods. The more diverse their diet, the better their microbiome. A mix of raw and cooked foods is ideal, so try a raw rainbow salad plate, a big bowl of vegie soup (try cauliflower soup if they’re still in that white food phase), a handful of trail mix or veggies with hummus.

Introduce fermented foods to boost good bacteria

Not sure whether your kids will give fermented foods a go? There are plenty of ‘gateway’ fermented options to try: pickles in a burger, miso soup, kefir, a kombucha spider made with Remedy Kombucha Raspberry Lemonade and ice cream, even good old natural Greek yoghurt with fresh fruit is a winner for upping beneficial bacteria. For the more adventurous you could try a baked sweet potato topped with kimchi and grated cheese. Fermented foods are a great source of probiotics – the good bacteria our gut loves.

Pump up the probiotics

So you’ve probably heard of probiotics but PREbiotics are just as important.

Think of prebiotics as the food your good gut bacteria needs to thrive - pre and probiotics are teammates if you will. Plant based and wholegrain foods are your best source including bananas, barley, apples, linseeds, seaweed, onion, garlic, leek, asparagus, Jerusalem artichokes, snow peas and green peas.

Legumes are also great so aim to incorporate chickpeas, red kidney beans, lentils and nuts and seeds in meals. There are so many great ways to incorporate prebiotic rich foods into family meals. Kids love a bit of Mexican - so try a Mexican night with bean chilli served with either potatoes or wraps.

Get dirty

You read that right - get outside and enjoy life outdoors.

Outdoor play is vital for a healthy microbiome so whether it’s a bush walk, playground hangs, a game of organised sport or a ride around your neighbourhood, make sure you get out and about. Better still, let your child get dirty and play with soil, as soil and plants house trillions of microorganisms. This can help build their immune system so they can fight any germs that come their way.

This article originally appeared on Kidspot.

Bottle of Remedy Switchel Passionfruit with watermelon and berries

The Sporteluxe lowdown on the Remedy range

Since we first launched Remedy Kombucha we've gone on to launch two more live cultured, no sugar naturally bevvies — Remedy Switchel and Remedy Coconut Water Kefir. All three boast their own unique brew method and health benefits.

Not sure what the difference is between kombucha, switchel and coconut water kefir or when and how to incorporate them into your day? Never fear! Sporteluxe have done the homework for you!

Here's their take on the Remedy range, their fave flavours and when to drink them for maximum benefit!

Bottle of Remedy Switchel Tropical with passionfruit and pineapple

Get set to go troppo!

Aloha! We’ve got a not so typical, tropical bevvie for you to try: Remedy Switchel Tropical!

Remedy Switchel is our brand spankin’ NEW drink that’s actually totes old school. 

No, it’s not kombucha but YAAAAS it’s damn delish.

Super refreshing and a little fiery, Remedy Switchel is made from a base of raw organic apple cider vinegar and fresh ginger combined with tasty natural ingredients to deliver delectable deliciousness and body boosting goodness direct to your gut! 

So whether you are going on a huge health kick, or just searching for some simple swaps, Remedy Switchel is a super tasty, effortlessly easy way to get a dose of daily raw ACV and ginger goodness.

And like all Remedy drinks, Switchel naturally contains no sugar, with an official stamp of approval from I Quit Sugar. 

Putting Passiona back in its box, Remedy Tropical Switchel is a perky pine-lime and passionfruit bevvie that’s ripe and ready to hula-hoop its way into your mouth. It’s a g-damn island holiday in a bottle!

Joining Remedy Switchel stable mates Bloody Orange and Finger Lime, you can now buy Remedy Tropical Switchel online at remedydrinks.com as well as independent supermarkets and grocers. 

Wondering what the heck that Switchel drink tastes like and when the flip you’re meant to drink it? Remedy Nutritionist Jacqueline Alwill is here to answer your questions!

Remedy Ginger Lemon kombucha can

Remedy is in the air!

Get set to jet set, friends. Coz we are hitting the skies with Virgin Australia! YUP. You can now get a fix of tasty gut-loving I Quit Sugar approved Remedy goodness on any Virgin Australia domestic or short haul international flight.  For reals. Book your flight, buckle up and fold down that tray table. Our Remedy Kombucha Ginger Lemon cans are loaded up in the drinks trolley, ready to roll down the aisle and into your hands.


With no sugar, naturally, and packed with live cultures, organic acids and antioxidants, it’s the perfectly healthy way to kick start a flight and kick back.  Knock one back on its own, pair it with a yummy item from Virgin Australia’s amazing new menu OR grab one as a tasty mixer for a little in-flight cocktail (you deserve it). It's the perfect bevvie for frequent flyers wanting to stay healthy and hydrated in the air. You will arrive in better shape than when the plane took off!

Three bottles of Remedy Coconut Water Kefir against a blue wall

We're COCO-LOCO for Coconut Water Kefir!

GET SET REMEDY-LOVERS. IT'S TIME TO GO COCO-LOCO!

We've just dropped a whole NEW drink into fridges around Australia! Get ready for Remedy Coconut Water Kefir (ker-feer). This ain’t your average coconut water. It is hand-crafted, live cultured coconut water, which means it has all the goodness and benefits of regular coconut water - and then some! - without any of the sugar. The result is a fizzy, refreshing and freakin’ tasty drink that’s jam-packed with probiotic goodness.

WHY'S IT SO GOOD FOR YOU?

All the benefits of real, natural, raw coconut water, and then some! Our traditional fermentation process brews out all the sugar and leaves a tasty drink packed with goodness:

  • Hydrating: rich in electrolytes and minerals.
  • Contains organic acids for improved digestion and regulation of blood sugar and cholesterol.
  • Full of natural kefir live culture probiotics, Saccharomyces and Lactobacillus.

SOOOOO... WHAT DOES IT EVEN TASTE LIKE?

Remedy Coconut Water Kefir is fizzy & refreshing. It's a tad tangy and a touch sweet, with creamy coconut undertones.

We've launched with three fab flavours:

  • Pure: Straight up, as it comes. Tropical, sweet and fresh. Real and raw. Get fizzy with it!
  • Lemon Squash: Sweet and sour. Tarty and proud of it. Puts the zing in ama-zing!
  • Passionfruit: Fragrantly full flavoured. A fruity, fun festival of goodness.

HOW ON EARTH DO WE MAKE THIS GOODNESS?

Remedy Coconut Water Kefir comes from the same kitchen bench that brought you Remedy Kombucha. It is made using a live culture nurtured from traditional kefir grains that Sarah and Emmet nurtured from their own home-made kefir.

Each batch is a descendant of the batch before, going all the way back to their original brew!

Made the old school way our Remedy Coconut Water Kefir uses raw organic coconut water. In the true Remedy way, all the natural sugars in coconut water are brewed out, leaving a probiotic-rich drink with no sugar, naturally!

WHEN & HOW CAN I DRINK IT?

After a workout: This fizzy is as hydrating as it is nourishing to the gut! It's perfect to enjoy after a hard workout to replenish your electrolytes whilst providing probiotic goodness for your gut flora! Forget regular coconut water (boring and too much sugar, thanks). This is the real deal, and then some!

Fight the cravings: We're not all saints and we all have our cravings. This tropical, sweet fizzy is the perfect drink to swap out for your soft drink. It will take you to paradise wherever you are!

With your next meal: Not only does our Remedy Coconut Water Kefir go well with food (hello fresh, light, zesty and spicy food flavours) and improve digestion (that burger you just ate, this will help), it can also help regulate your blood sugar levels (buh-bye 3PM slumps).

WHERE CAN I BUY IT?

Remedy Coconut Water Kefir is available in our online store right now! 

Remedy Coconut Water Kefir is also rolling out into independent stockists such as independent supermarkets, local grocers and health food stores all over Australia. If your local Remedy dealer doesn't have it, ask them to order it in!

UK and NZ mates, stay tuned for your ticket to (coconut) paradise!

Switchel Finger Lime & Blood Orange

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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5 EASY FOOD SWAPS FOR A PLANT-BASED FESTIVE FEAST

Now the year is coming to a close and we’re right in the midst of the festive season, let’s not lose touch of all the hard work we’ve put into 2018. So let’s finish it with a bang, celebrate and feast on all great things plant-based too. Want to know how? Read on friends!

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Remedy Nutritionist Jacqueline Alwill drinking Remedy Switchel

Switchel: How's it taste? When should you drink it?

Wondering what the heck that Switchel drink tastes like and when the flip you're meant to drink it!? Remedy nutritionist Jacqueline Alwill is here to answer your questions!

Switchel has what we like to call the taste trifecta: a little sweet and a touch sour, with a slightly spicy kick.
We’ve launched with two delicious flavours!

Blood Orange is like a healthy version of a certain orange fizzy from childhood. It’s got a beautiful depth of flavour. Kind of a bittersweet, with a real tang to it. We reckon the kids will love this one!

The Finger Lime is a real zesty, tangy treat. Ginger brings the heat, the lime keeps it cool.
It’s perfect for swapping out for a beer at your next barbie, or if you’re so inclined, it makes for a nice cocktail mixer too. Both flavours make for a refreshing bevvie all on their own or can also enjoyed as a great accompaniment to food.

Three reasons or ways you could add into your routine are:

After some hard yakka:
While most of us aren’t out toiling the fields these days, the farmers who loved Switchel back in the day were onto something! it’s a mighty fine way to rehydrate after going hard, whether that’s after a big gym, spin or yoga sesh or even a big night out!

As your daily dose:
Forget shots or weird concoctions, Remedy Switchel is a super tasty, effortlessly easy way to get a dose of daily raw apple cider vinegar and ginger goodness.

A healthy life hack:
Healthier living can be as easy as making simple swaps. Switch out softies! Mix the naughty with the nice using Switchel as a cocktail mixer! Or ditch the booze altogether without the FOMO one of these babies in your hand at your next BBQ.

In terms of how much you should drink, we don’t believe in a daily prescription. Like any food or drink, trust your gut on what feels right for you.

Remedy Nutritionist Jacqueline Alwill speaking with Angie Hilton from Destination Happiness

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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FORGET 6-PACKS. YOU NEED A 4-PACK.

Best pack another green bag for your trip to the shops. We’ve launched 4-packs of our tasty, live-cultured Remedy Kombucha 250ml cans in supermarkets and grocers around Australia.

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.

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The Truth about Kombucha

Contrary to those who might try to tell you it’s some hipster fad, kombucha has been around for yonks. Like, thousands of years-type yonks. However, with this history comes a fair bit of mystery… and a whole lotta myths.

Fear not, truth seekers! We here at Remedy have done the hard yards to gain the deepest possible understanding of the golden liquid goodness that is kombucha better than anyone. And we’re here to set the record straight. That’s right. We’re going to drop some truth bombs on ya.

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Ben Brown is vegan, gluten free and kicking goals

Q: What do you get when you cross a kangaroo with a vegan coeliac?

A: One of the AFL's leading goal kickers and big time Remedy lover, Ben Brown!

We caught up with Ben to find out more about his daily routine, how he manages following a vegan, gluten-free diet with being a professional athlete.

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Remedy Cherry Plum Kombucha in shopping basket

Is Remedy OK out of the fridge?

We get a lot of questions. And we love answering them. One of the most common questions revolves around whether Remedy is ok if stored out of the fridge. The short answer is YES! But the same doesn't apply to all raw, unpasteurised kombucha. Wanna know why and how? Read on, friends...

Before we dive into the detail, it’s important to firstly flag that not all kombucha is created equal and so the following only applies to Remedy.

From the ingredients used, brewing method and how long it is brewed for, to the type of live culture used and how much sugar is left, the final product can be quite different in terms of not only the taste and goodness within, but also how it can be stored.

When it comes to Remedy, there are three key factors that contribute not only to us making what we like to think is the tastiest and healthiest raw, live cultured kombucha going 'round, but also why our kombucha is a-ok out of the fridge, and hence why you will see our 4-packs sold inthe soft drink aisle at the supermarket.

1. WE BREW OUT ALL OF THE SUGAR

At Remedy, we follow a traditional, long-aged brewing process for over 30 days, which means our kombucha contains no sugar, naturally. We test every batch to make sure of it and we are the only kombucha brand to have a tick of approval from I Quit Sugar to back it up.

This is not the case for all kombucha. If a kombucha is raw, live and unpasteurised and still contains sugar or has sugar added (not Remedy!), then it could re-ferment if left out of the fridge (= exploding bottles and/or boozy booch).

When it comes to Remedy Kombucha, ALL of the sugar is brewed out during our small batch, long-aged fermentation process. Leaving none in the bottle. De nada. Zilch. Which means there’s no risk of re-fermentation.

2. OUR LIVE CULTURE IS SUPER RIPPED

The live culture we use to make Remedy Kombucha is extremely strong, and healthy.

Every single batch we brew uses a descendant of the first kombucha culture (aka SCOBY) that Sarah and Emmet started out with on their kitchen bench. Over time, thanks to the love and care we give our brewing process (we have been known to hug our small batch pots), this culture has grown incredibly strong, healthy and right at home in our kombucha.

It's a myth that all live cultures need to be kept refrigerated to stay alive. When it comes to Remedy, our live culture is totes cool with being out of the fridge. We've tested throughout shelf life to be sure. Here's why:

  • During the Remedy long aged brewing process, our SCOBY uses sugar as a food source for the live cultures to grow in number and produce metabolites such as organic acids.
  • At the end of the 30 day process, the sugar is all gone, but the culture is still very much alive. While it doesn't have any sugar left to feed off, it conserves energy within its cells.
  • Because these live cultures are the same ones that have conducted the fermentation, they are very happy in that environment and contributes to how and why they stay alive.
  • And if you're worried about good bacteria turning bad, fear not. There is never any risk of the good bacteria in our Remedy Kombucha turning bad. Our live culture thrives in our low pH fermented tea environment and it inhibits the growth of bad bacteria.

3. WE'RE CRAZY ABOUT QUALITY

We test every batch we make to ensure it’s the best booch going ‘round - on quality and taste. This includes checking the sugar content and live cultures, along with a number of other factors.

We’ve also completed methodical shelf life testing which shows that our live cultures survive in and out of the fridge, right throughout shelf life.

Got more questions? Check out our FAQs here.

6 types of kombucha drinkers

If you're on this website, chances are you are one. If not you definitely know one. What are we on about? Types of kombucha drinkers of course. Pedestrian TV have done the research and narrowed them down to six types.

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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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Ginger Berry’s back

Ginger Berry’s back, baby!

You asked. We listened. Our lil’ beauty Ginger Berry has joined the Remedy Kombucha family for good. Starring blueberry, strawberry and ginger, she’s a touch spicy, delightfully luscious and berry, berry tempting. She started out life as a one-weekend only limited-edition collaboration for our friends at Mecca Cosmetica. The response was E.P.I.C. Fair to say our Instagram notifications blew up…

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Kombucha cocktail: Remedy Raspberry Mojito

If you haven't worked it out for yourself yet,  kombucha cocktails (and mocktails) are very much a thing.

Which is great. Because you know what everyone loves? Fancy pants drinks.

You know what we don't love, though? Sugar. 

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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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Mamamia: How this Mamamia editor became a kombucha convert

Think you know kombucha and it's not for you? Take a minute to hear the story of this beauty and lifestyle editor who went from kombucha hater to a kombucha lover.

Check out the full article here on Mamamia.

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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Remedy Mocktails

Make mine a mocktail

Feel like a fancy drink but not keen on getting boozy? No worries. Allow us to introduce you to the Doozy Hughesy named in honour of Remedy lover Dave Hughes!

Read on for our instructions to recreate it yourself at home.

INGREDIENTS

  • 100ml Remedy Kombucha – we recommend Original, but any flavour will work its own magic!
  • 50ml orange juice (we recommend freshly squeezed!)
  • Fresh thyme
  • Blueberries (fresh or frozen!)

METHOD

  • Take a champagne glass
  • Fill with around 100ml Remedy Kombucha
  • Top with orange juice
  • Garnish with a sprig or two of thyme and a few blueberries
  • Sip and smile!

Why did Hughesy cross the road?

... To give away another tasty, healthy Remedy Kombucha. True story!

Comedy legend Dave Hughes is back on the streets of Melbourne, Australia, getting people to taste test Remedy Kombucha. Hughesy reckons this healthy drink is damn tasty. Will the people agree?

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REMEDY X MECCA COSMETICA: BEAUTY IN A BOTTLE

Brace yourselves, babes. We're dropping a brand new, extra spesh, limited-edition Remedy Kombucha flavour in collaboration with the best in the beauty biz: Mecca Cosmetica. And we’re giving it away. Complimentary. No charge. On the house. For one weekend only. For real. When we say limited edition, we mean limited edition.

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Don't call Mo Hope a role model

Moana Hope doesn't like being called a role model. But she's damn happy if she can inspire people to be true to themselves.

"I'm somebody that's playing a game I love, and if there's young kids or adults that look up to me for that, then that's pretty awesome.

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Mo Hope swipes right for Remedy

When the AFL Women's competition launched last year, we didn't think twice about who we wanted on our team: Moana Hope.


Sure, she's an amazing athlete. Yeah, she was the first chick to kick 100 goals in a season in the VFL. OK, so she was drafted as a marquee player by Collingwood.

But what we loved most was her story; her commitment; her passion; and her relatable, keepin’ it real attitude.

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Thyme and Blueberry Kombucha Cocktail served on a wooden board

Thyme & Blueberry Kombucha Mocktail

Just because you're avoiding booze doesn't mean you have to miss out on the fun when it comes to fancy drinks, right?

Whether you're feb-fasting for a short time, prefer to avoid alcohol altogether, or just feel like enjoying a booze-free bevvie, we reckon a kombucha mocktail is the perfect remedy (see what we did there?).

This lovely concoction - adapted from a recipe by The Core Health - ups the fancy factor big time by featuring flavoured ice cubes and a homemade compote. We guarantee you won't feel like you're missing out one bit.

YOU'LL NEED:

    • 4-5 thyme sprigs (1 tablespoon leaves removed)
    • 1 cup blueberries
    • 750ml bottle Remedy Kombucha Original
    • 1.5 cups organic frozen or fresh blueberries
    • 2 tbs water
    • 1 tsp lemon juice
    • 1 tsp cinnamon
    • 1 tsp maple syrup  (optional)
    • 2 tbsp chia seeds
       

HOW TO MAKE IT:

    1. Make ice cubes by place 2-3 lavender leaves and 2-3 blueberries in the holes of an empty ice cube tray, cover with filtered water and place in the freezer to set over night.
    2. To make the blueberry compote combine 1.5 cups of frozen or fresh blueberries with all other ingredients into a small saucepan over a simmering heat.
    3. Once the berries have been cooked through and stewed for around 5-6 minutes remove from the heat and mash with a fork, allow to cool slightly before stirring in the chia seeds, sit.
    4. To assemble, add in the ice cubes, a few fresh blueberries plus a lashing of the compote, your spirit of choosing, then top with Remedy Kombucha.



 

Recipe and images by Samantha Flook, The Core Health.

Forte Magazine: Remedy Kombucha review

Forte Magazine thinks Remedy Kombucha is delicious AND nutritious! YAY!

Check out the full article

Top 5 myths about kombucha

While kombucha as a drink has been around for thousands of years, it is still a relatively mysterious and unknown drink to many people. They turn to the good ol' google machine to find out more and come away either confused or misinformed.

Luckily, you've come to the right place. Team Remedy is here to cut through the fake news and dispel the myths about kombucha!

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Roasted pumpkin and asparagus served on a platter with Remedy Ginger Lemon Kombucha

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 served with Remedy Kombucha Cherry Plum

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.

Remedy Kombucha cans in Raspberry Lemonade and Lemon Lime and Mint flavours

5 tips for healthier festive drinking

Christmas and the summer 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

Kakadu Plum tree

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 ;)

Remedy Apple Crisp with Remedy Aperol Spritz

Time for a tipple: Remedy Aperol Spritz

Let's be real. Many of us don't mind a tipple or two, especially at the end of a long week.

We figure if you're going to be enjoying some booze, you may as well go all out and make it a quality drink. Enter our Remedy Kombucha cocktail recipes: a little naughty and a whole lotta nice.

To kick things off, we've got an Italian classic with a twist: the Remedy Aperol Spritz. Keep on scrollin' for the full recipe.



 

INGREDIENTS

    • 45 ml Aperol
    • 80 ml Prosecco
    • 80ml Remedy Kombucha Apple Crisp
    • Slice of orange

 

METHOD

  1. Pour Aperol into a wine glass and fill with ice
  2. Top with prosecco and Remedy Kombucha Apple Crisp
  3. Garnish with slice of orange and a straw


 
FINITO! Saluti!  Adoriamo il tuo budella!... that means "Cheers! We love ya guts!" in Italian... kinda ;)

Props to Leroy from Lulu White for the recipe!

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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Hand holding can of Cherry Plum Remedy Kombucha

Cherry Plum: Pop it like it's hot.

Team Remedy is beyond excited. And it’s not just because the weather is warming up and we are hanging out for some beach, banana lounge and booch time. Although this is also true.

The reason we are jumping out of our booch loving skins our brand spankin' new extra-special, ridiculously-delicious, fancy-pants NEW flavour. Meet your new Remedy BFF: Cherry Plum.

Forget the cherry on top, we’ve packed the flavour of a whole punnet of them inside each bottle to craft a guilt-free treat you can enjoy all year round. Paired with native Aussie Kakadu plum, the result is fruity, floral and freakin’ refreshing.

Like all Remedy drinks, Cherry Plum is the real deal: all natural, certified organic,I Quit Sugar approved and chock full of gut-loving, live-cultured goodness. No naughty. All nice. Did you hear that, Santa?

Enjoy it straight up for maximum refreshment or maybe even add a splash of some extra festive cheer (wink, wink).

Cherry Plum is currently rolling out into our amazing band of independent supermarkets, grocers, health food stores, gyms, cafes and other independent stockists around Australia. Stay tuned NZ!

Find your nearest Remedy dealer here. If they don't have Cherry Plum on the shelf, let them know you're gagging to try it!

XO Team Remedy

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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.