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What are these floaties in my Remedy Kombucha?!

What are these floaties in Remedy Kombucha?

First up, don’t be alarmed, the floaties you've found are completely safe to consume.

Finding a few strands of the mother culture or SCOBY (which is a symbiotic community of good bacteria and yeast) is normal and a good sign that your kombucha is raw, real, alive and kicking!

What is kombucha?

We’ve all been there. That awkward feeling when everyone else is all over something, and you have a-b-s-o-l-u-t-e-l-y no idea what they are on about... kombucha what? You wanna ask, but you know it’s too damn late.

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

Remedy Nutritionist, Jacqueline Alwill explains, in a nutshell, kombucha (often lovingly referred to as “booch”) is fermented tea.

The traditional method of making kombucha – which we follow at Remedy – involves a natural fermentation of sweet tea with a live culture. The live culture is known as a SCOBY, which stands for Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast.

The result is a sparkling drink with sweet and sour flavours that contains the goodness of live cultures, tea polyphenols and organic acids. Better yet, it’s downright delicious! You can even brew your own booch at home – Remedy recipe   here. 

Now, before you go passing it off as a fad, you should know that it’s believed that kombucha originated in China around 2000 years ago. People around the world have been making and enjoying kombucha for thousands of years, particularly throughout Eastern Europe and Asia. Find out more about the history of kombucha   here.

At Remedy, we make our kombucha according to the same ancient traditions as the origins of kombucha. Long-aged brewed and FULL of the good stuff. In fact, Remedy started out on our founders’ Sarah and Emmet Condon’s kitchen bench, and we are still brewing with the same live culture they first started out with!

 

Photography by Bec Dickinson.  

Remedy launches in Loblaws!

Big news Canada! Remedy is now available in Loblaws grocery stores across the country!

Best pack another tote bag for your trip to the shops. We’ve launched 4-packs of our NEW tasty, live-cultured Remedy Kombucha 330ml cans in Loblaws grocery stores across Canada.

Our Remedy-lovers asked (and commented, and DM’d, and emailed, and called, and insta-storied…) and we listened! We get it. Sometimes too much Remedy is never enough.

Where to find these new 4-packs you asked? They’re already gracing the Natural Value aisle of Loblaws, Zehrs, Your Independent Grocer, Real Canadian Superstore, Provigo, Fortinos, Atlantic Superstore, Dominion, and more alongside our 330ml bottles…

 But how can it be on the shelves you asked?! As we brew out all the sugar in our Remedy Kombucha, and as our live cultures are super strong our new 4-packs can be stored in your pantry without the need for refrigeration (along with the rest of the Remedy range!).

We couldn’t stop the good news there! You will also find NEW 700ml bottles (perfect for sharing!) and 300ml bottles in the Produce aisle. 

Remedy is naturally free from sugar and full of goodness including live cultures, organic acids and antioxidants that are good for your gut and overall wellbeing. Want to know more about what Kombucha is? We’ve got all the information for you here. If it’s the benefits of our delicious fizzy you’re after, you can find them listed here

Can’t wait to get your hands on them? Find your local Remedy stockist here.

A nutritionist’s guide to healthy guts and keeping well

Wondering how to keep your loved ones well this winter or during this real see-you-next-Tuesday of a virus? Remedy Nutritionist Jacqueline Alwill says the first place to start is your gut. While most people are aware of the importance of good gut health for digestion, many forget about its STAR role in boosting our overall immune health. Now is the time to get your guts in check to help you and your loved one recover and bounce back quickly when illness strikes.    

Nerd Alert: The simple fact is a huge portion of our immune systems are actually in our gastrointestinal tract (aka the gut) which is why the gut microbiota that resides our gastrointestinal tract provides   essential health benefits  to our immune system.  

It’s in here that our gut microbiome, home to trillions of bacteria, plays a vital role in housing at least 70% of our immune system, digesting the food we eat and helping to absorb and synthesise nutrients. By improving our gut health, this will improve our immunity and all the other flow-on effects from absorbing nutrients better like improved mood, metabolism and brain health. 

What happens when your guts aren’t up to scratch? An imbalance in any bad bacteria in your gut will essentially confuse your immune system and leave you more exposed to colds and flu’s when they arrive. In essence, what you eat, drink and do now will help you and your family’s immune response later.

Happy guts are in reach with these four  nutritionist-approved hacks for good gut health and improved immunity:

Remedy Kombucha Ginger Lemon

Aim for plant diversity in your diet:  Try to increase the variety and number of plants in your diet each week or each fortnight even if just by one. Building a diet rich in plant foods and diverse in its sources can lead to greater diversity in the gut microbiome, which is critical to the strength of your immune system. In nutrition, we always say – EVERYTHING begins in the gut, so we need to give it the most love we can through our food. Whether it’s each week buying one extra plant-based ingredient, even a new herb is great, or each fortnight, make it your mission to create as much variety in your diet through plants as you can. 

Embrace fermented foods and drinks for good bacteria:   Nourish your gut but eating and drinking fermented products packed with probiotics such as miso, sauerkraut, kombucha, kimchi or coconut water kefir. If you’re craving something fizzy, my fermented go-to is   Remedy Kombucha Ginger Lemon   as ginger has amazing anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties that can help fight infections. It’s also jam-packed with tea polyphenols, organic acids and live cultures from the slow fermentation process. If you’re looking for something warm, stock up on miso soup as it’s a great one to sip on between meals. 

Avoid sugar:   Sadly, it’s time to self-distance yourself with sweet stuff as it’s the worst thing you can feed your microbiome. The more sugar you eat; unfortunately, the worse off your immune system will be as it suppresses the immune function. While ditching your sugar-loaded dessert or 3pm snack attack may be tricky, there are lots of great healthy and cheap alternatives that are also immune-boosting! Such as a frozen banana blended to make ice cream as it’s loaded with prebiotics. 

Ditch the booze:    Alcohol can weaken your immune system in a variety of way because it causes an inflammatory response in your gut and imbalance in your gut bacteria. This imbalance in bad bacteria can make you more susceptible to colds, flu and viruses by having a low immune system with a disrupted gut barrier. It’s important to note that not only does alcohol impair your immune system, excessive drinking can also affect your respiratory system. If you’re craving something else with dinner, get creative with a non-alcoholic mocktail or enjoy a fermented fizzy. 

Kombucha Sourdough!

Kombucha Sourdough

A TWIST on the traditional sourdough, to create a crunchy bread FULL of flavour, character and goodness. Traditional sourdough is created using a starter that contains wild yeasts and good bacteria to make the bread rise. A starter can be shared by someone who already has one, or you can make your own. This recipe kick starts the process by using the live cultures present in all Remedy drinks, substituting the usual water for your favourite Remedy Kombucha!  

 

 Sourdough starter: 

For best results, create your starter a few days before baking. An easy way to remember starter ratios is 1+1 flour and liquid, for example, 125g flour to 125mls of Remedy Kombucha Apple Crisp. 

Ingredients

Method

Mix 125g flour + 125g Remedy Kombucha, stand for 12-24 hours. After this time, discard half of the starter and then feed it the 60-75g each of flour and Remedy Kombucha Apple Crisp. Repeat this step every 12-24 hours until your starter is doubling in size and smells of both apples and bread. 

Sourdough

For the recipe, use about half of your starter, and keep the other half in a jar in the fridge for future baking. Feed this fridge based starter every few days, by discarding half of the mix, and feeding it fresh flour and Remedy Kombucha Apple Crisp.

To make your bread, first make a mix of your starter, flour and more Remedy Kombucha Apple Crisp. This first stage makes what is called Levain, or a ‘sponge’. More flour, liquid and salt are then added to create the dough. The quantities of Remedy Kombucha Apple Crisp and flour below are a good guide, however sometimes your mix will need a little more flour, or a little less liquid depending on the weather, temperature, and type of flour used.

Levain ingredients

• 50g (2 tbsp) Sourdough starter 

• 80g (80 ml, or ⅓ cup) Remedy Kombucha Apple Crisp

• 75g (½ cup) strong bread or pizza flour

Dough ingredients

• 500g (500ml or 2 cups) Remedy Kombucha Apple Crisp

• 700g (4⅔ cups) strong bread or pizza flour, plus extra for dusting

• 2½ teaspoons fine sea salt

Helpful tip! The best part of the recipe is there is no kneading. The activity of the live cultures does all the work! You just fold the dough a few times with rests in between. 4-6 times works best.

Method

  1. Feed your sourdough starter to get it active, 4 — 8 hours
  2. Make the levain. Combine your starter, flour and Remedy Kombucha Apple Crisp in a medium bowl. Mix it until combined, and then cover with plastic wrap and leave it to stand in a nice warm part of the kitchen. Overnight works best. By morning it should have expanded and look very bubbly. 
  3. Make the dough. Combine the levain with half the Remedy Kombucha Apple Crisp set aside for this stage, and then mix until smooth, add the remaining Remedy Kombucha Apple Crisp to the mix. Sift the flour and salt, and then add to the wet ingredient mixture. Mix this with a wooden spoon until you have a very basic rough looking dough. Cover this bowl with plastic wrap and set aside for an hour. 
  4. Unwrap the bowl and take a corner of the dough in one hand. Stretch it away from the dough slightly, and then fold this stretched piece back on top of the dough. Turn the bowl 90 degrees (a quarter turn) and repeat this step three more times. Cover again with the plastic wrap, and set aside in a nice warm place for a further 30 minutes. Repeat this process four to five more times. By this stage, the dough will look very uniform and smooth. After the final folding, cover again and let it stand for about an hour until the dough is puffed. 
  5. Turn the dough out onto a well-floured surface. Cut your dough into two pieces. Shape these two pieces into two loaves. At this stage, you can use a loaf tin, proving baskets, a dutch oven, or a baking tray to shape the type of loaf you want. Use non-stick baking paper to line or place the loaf for baking. Once shaped, cover your loaves with a floured tea towel, oiled plastic wrap or baking paper, and then stand somewhere warm and draught free for a final rising. 
  6. Preheat the oven to 240 C (220 C fan forced). Place the loaves in the oven and throw in a handful of ice cubes into the bottom of the oven. This will help create a great crust! 
  7. Bake for 20 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature by 20 degrees (220 C, or 200 C fan-forced). Bake for another 15-20 minutes until the crust has a nice deep colour to it, and the loaf sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom. Take the loaves out of the oven to cool on a wire rack for about an hour. DELISH.
Once you've mastered the art of Kombucha Sourdough, start experimenting with all your favourite Remedy flavours! 

Brought to you by Remedy team member & top-notch chef Nik Gray

WE LOVE YA GUTS!!

Remedy Fam,

Emmet and Sarah here. The world is all sorts of weird right now. Home-schooling, working in PJs, a bucket LOAD of uncertainty & not being able to hug or see your nearest and dearest is damn hard. We're feeling so much gratitude right now and wanted to drop a line to say thank you. A HUGE THANK YOU, in fact. 

We've been gathering around our kitchen counter more than ever as a family of late, using the extra time at home to experiment with more new ideas and reflecting at the same place where this crazy business journey first began for us. 

It was here where we played in our kitchen, fermenting up a storm, testing our creations on our mates, learning about the health benefits of traditional recipes and making the first batches of what eventually became the Remedy you’ve come to know and love. That was over 15 years ago (geez we're getting old), we couldn't have imagined in our wildest dreams we'd be where we are today. But we are, thanks to you guys.

You have filled up our booch bottle with enough love, kindness and support for us to have the confidence to take on the world and shake up the fizzy drinks industry for good. Let's be real, who would have thought two parents making kombucha with a baby crawling around would be disrupting the big fizzy drink giants. But here we are bringing and brewing you Remedy goodness day after day, year after year.

But what we've learnt in the business world is that words are only words without action. To say THANK YOU to the communities we do business in, we've donated tens of thousands of Remedy drinks to local hospitals, frontline workers, schools and vulnerable community members in need of the Remedy goodness 'pick-me-up' we all know and love. Check out some of the LEGENDS we've been supporting below. 

We hope you can find a little comfort in your favourite Remedy fizzy in these flat times. Rest assured, we remain open for business and continue to brew what we love most (at an   appropriate     social distance, of course)

BIG LOVE,

Sarah and Emmet Condon

xxoo

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Nine of our ALL time favourite gingers

Looking for more ways to get MORE ginger inya? From Geri Halliwell (aka Ginger Spice) to 'Pretty Woman' Julia Roberts, one thing is clear is that all these babein' raven reds have been slayin' it for centuries.
The dream team at Remedy have rounded up our ALL-time favourite GINGERS. We're clearly getting desperate WFH...

***Please note, these are in no order of favourites - it was too much of a firey debate to resolve***

1. Prince Harry

Prince Harry© DPA/ABACA

You cheeky thing you.

2. Julia Roberts

Julia Roberts

Absolute no brainer for this Pretty Woman.

3. Ginger Spice (aka Geri Halliwell)

Geri Halliwell

Forget BABY SPICE. Hello GINGER.

4. Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran

Guilty as charged.

5. Susan Sarandon

Susan Sarandon

"Cause baby there ain't no mountain high enough
Ain't no valley low enough.
Ain't no river wide enough.
To keep me from getting to you babe" **Sobbing at the TV screen.

6. Remedy Kombucha Ginger Lemon

Remedy Kombucha Ginger Lemon

PACKED with real freakin' GINGER and the goodness of tea polyphenols, organic acids and live cultures, this one is a winner. 

7. Emma Stone

Emma Stone

STONE cold absolute FOX.

8. Ron Weasley

Ron Weasley

Blimey, he's a loyal lover and an absolutely trustworthy wizardry mate—10/10 from us for this spice ball. 

9. Remedy Switchel Blood Orange

Remedy Switchel Blood Orange

Juicy, intense and tangy with just a touch of tartness, Remedy Switchel Blood Orange is one smooth operator that will have you up late sweet-talking about what you gonna do when you 'get outta here'. With it's ACV and GINGER (swipe right) goodness plus the added vitamin C kicker in its blood orange - it's totally worthy of meeting your parents.  

Five reasons to get more ginger in your diet

The words ‘super’ and ‘food’ get bandied around a lot. Like A LOT a lot and sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference between a fad and the real deal.

When it comes to superfood superhero status, ginger really is the OG. It’s one radical rhizome that has truly stood the test of time for hundreds if not thousands of years in traditional and herbal medicine.

Here at Remedy, we’re huge fans of ginger and have made damn sure it's a key ingredient in some of our fan favourites including our Remedy Kombucha Ginger Lemon, Remedy Kombucha Ginger Berry, Remedy Ginger Beer   and ALL of our Remedy Switchel flavours! (Remedy Switchel is made with raw organic apple cider vinegar and fresh organic ginger juice – you can read all about it here).

Still not sure why you should guzzling more ginger goodness? We’ve done the heavy lifting for you (because we’re nerds and we care) with five good reasons to get more ginger inya!

1. Germs begone!

With anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties that can help fight infection,  ginger is a great natural option to support your immunity. So when we’re all  feeling a little more susceptible to whatever dreaded lurgy is doing the rounds, reach for a Remedy (with ginger). SCIENCE SPEAK: Ginger is also a ‘diaphoretic’ which means it works from the inside out to heat your body which is just what you need when it’s wet and chilly outside. 

2. It’s anti-inflammatory and full of antioxidants

The main reason ginger is so g-damn great is that it is anti-inflammatory and full of antioxidants. We’re HUUUGE fans of antioxidants here at Remedy (our drinks are full of them).  So why do we keep banging on about them? Inflammation is your body’s natural response to injury or illness but too much can be associated with disease and ill health (BOOOOO). By incorporating more antioxidant rich foods into your diet you’re giving yourself a fighting chance against inflammation. Here’s the good news - ginger is one of the BEST foods you can choose to fight inflammation with its gingerol compound responsible for much of its medicinal properties. No excuses needed to smash a few Switchels – aim for at least one a day we say!

3. It’s belly soothing

An oldie but a goodie - ginger is well known for its calming effect on your gut. Fantastic for those of us who aren’t great travelers and HOT TIP: Ginger is also great if you’re preggers and feeling the not so rad effects of morning/afternoon/all day sickness as it curbs nausea, relieves discomfort and (dare we say it) GAS! We love getting fan mail from mummas to be who find great relief in supping on our ginger based bevvies. 

4. It’s a ripper for post gym recovery

Ginger’s great anti-inflammatory properties extend to your muscular system. If you’ve literally busted your gut in your home gym and your muscles are feeling a little sore, grab a Remedy Kombucha Ginger Lemon or Remedy Kombucha Ginger Berry to not only rehydrate but help ease that muscle pain. 

5. Your BFF come TOM

Again with the inflammation and soreness! Women, we hear you. Whatever you need to do to make your life more comfortable around your period, DO IT! When you’re menstruating your uterine muscles may be working overtime leading to cramps. Ugh. The compounds found in ginger may help quell inflammation so we advise to treat yo’self with a Remedy Kombucha Ginger Lemon or three (and a hot water bottle).

There you have it – five good reasons to let more ginger into your life! 

Coconut Water Kefir Overnight Oats

Who said breakfast had to be boring? Our Remedy nutritionist Jacqueline Alwill has done it again with this delicious recipe for Remedy Coconut Water Kefir Overnight Oats! If you're a meal prep lover this dish will have you sorted for 4 breakfasts whilst looking like something straight out of your favourite influencers Instagram feed. 

Coconut Water Kefir Overnight Oats by Jacqueline Alwill

Dairy Free, Vegan
Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups (160g) rolled oats 
  • 2 cups (500ml) Remedy Coconut Water Kefir Pure
  • 2 teaspoons (10ml) vanilla 
  • 1 cup (80g) shredded unsweetened coconut 
  • 1/2 cup (75g) raw cashews, chopped

Method

1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix to combine. Cover and place in fridge overnight to soak.

2. Serve with coconut yoghurt and your choice of seasonal fruits. 

Remedy is making it right!

This past Aussie summer, we at Remedy set out on a mission. A mission to make summer right.

For far too long we've all been sold the story that sugar owns the summer and all the good vibes that come with it. Beach days, road trips, carnivals… heck, even the relief of finishing a hard day’s work… it was all paired with images of ridiculously beautiful people guzzling down the sweet stuff. Even though we all know that’s not the reality. Fed up much? SAME. 

But rather than get angry, we got cheeky. We set about    making it right. Enter “Sugar Fizz”, a cliched sugary fizzy drink marketed in cliched sugary drink ways. What better way to highlight the ridiculousness of sugary drink ads than to create our own spoof versions, then turn them on their heads with a Remedy reality check?

Check out the results of us making it right below…

WORLD KOMBUCHA DAY IS HERE!

We're FIZZIN' with excitement to celebrate the first-ever   WORLD KOMBUCHA DAY!

Kombucha (pronounced kom-BOO-cha) is believed to have originated in China more than two thousand years ago. The traditional method of making kombucha – which we follow at Remedy – involves a natural fermentation of sweet tea, wild healthy bacteria and yeasts. February 21st is a modern-day celebration for all kombucha brewers and booch fangirls and fanboys to throw a BOOCH PARTY!!! 

To celebrate World Kombucha Day and our booch success thanks to YOU our fizzy fam, we're offering 20% off kombucha range on www.remedydrinks.com   with code: BOOCHDAY

Sarah and Emmet Condon

OUR STORY

We could tell you that when Sarah and Emmet Condon started Remedy in their kitchen, they had no idea what lay ahead. But we'd be lying. They had an inkling. They'd been making kombucha for a while. Their kids were into it. Their mates were hooked. Family members were dropping by more often for a taste.

So, they took a chance. Some might call it a massive risk. They had a young family. No jobs to fall back on. Some savings, a couple of credit cards. Entrepreneurial know-how, but no experience in the food and drinks world. What they did have were big aspirations and a simple belief. Oh and – perhaps most importantly – a tasty kombucha brew and a whole lotta guts.

They wanted to do something good. Shake things up. Make it right. They knew that healthy could also be tasty and easy. They believed we all deserve to know that too. While they've moved on from the kitchen bench, Remedy is still made the old-school way: in small batches, long-aged brewed for 30 days.

The result is the tastiest and healthiest kombucha going around: it contains no sugar, naturally, and is chock-full of all the right stuff: live cultures, organic acids and antioxidants that are good for your gut and overall wellbeing.

21 hacks to make back to school a breeze

It’s here. It’s finally here! 

The kids are officially bored AF, and you’ve officially run out of every amusement park, play centre, swimming pool and bowling alley in town. It’s back to school time BABY!!!

Sure, this NEVER-ENDING parenting gig doesn’t come to a halt when the school bell rings. There’s still washing, lunch boxing, picking up a fruct tonne of lego, MORE washing, blah, blah, blah, dinner. But we’ve got you covered.

To make the juggle easier – we’ve round up 21 hacks to make this back to school biz a bloody breeze. 

  1.   Add a lunchbox note:   Score some serious brownie points with the kids by leaving a sweet note in their lunchbox. 
  2.   Shoe-shopping hack:   If you CBF going shoe shopping with the kids. Trace around their feet on a piece of paper, so you know their size and go without them (brilliant). 
  3.   Clothes-prep:  Plan a week’s worth of outfits for yourself and the kids every Sunday. You’ll be ready to roll into the week WINNING.  
  4.   Create a school bag drop off zone:  Forget running around the house for your mini’s drink bottle, hat and reader in the AM and give your kids a bag drop off zone for when they come in HOT late arvo. Helllllo Marie Kondo. 
  5.   Breakfast:  Keep your breakfast game STRONG and organise everything in the same place for the kids to help themselves to in the morning or for you to grab and go. 
  6.   Meal-prep snacks:  Meal-prep bite-sized snacks for lunchboxes in BULK and freeze for weeks ahead.
  7.   Get the kids involved:  Start early teaching your kids how to make their sandwich each morning. In no time at all, you’ll have one less vegemite sanga to make in the AM. 
  8.   Get your Remedy on the regular:  Yes, that’s a thing. Sign up here  to have booch delivered to your door-step. A healthy fizzy your kids will froff for at lunchtime or after school. 
  9.   Shop online:  Stop dragging the kids around your local Coles or Woolies and get that shit online. A weekly delivery will give you more time for family time on the freakin’ weekend. 
  10.   Snack draws:  Create a kid-friendly snack draw in the cupboard and fridge your kids can help themselves to after school. This hack might save you a 1,000 “I’m hungry” nags before dinner is dished. 
  11.   Uniform-prep:  Put each complete school uniform in a set. I’m talking tops, shorts, socks, jocks – in a draw, taking out a fresh stack the night before, so you’re ready for the tired wrangle in the morn. 
  12.   List morning/ arvo routines up:  Type up a morning and afternoon routine for your kids to tick off and follow. Example: Brush teeth and hair, pack lunch, fill up water bottle, be a nice mini human, pack schoolbooks etc. They’ll settle back into the school rhythm in no time.
  13.   Keep the bench clean:  Don’t leave school forms to clutter on the counter. Fill them out immediately and pop back in their bag, so it’s one less thing outta your buzzin’ brain. 
  14.   Easy reminder:  Change your phone lock screen to your weekly family schedule. One more reminder, so you don’t forget to pick up the kids again #ParentGuilt. 
  15.   Bag bucket:  Get a backpack bucket in the car to make commutes easier. Place everything school/activities related into the bucket in the boot, so there’s none of that “I lost my reader” dribble. 
  16.   Commute hack:  Carpool with other parents in your hood or get walkin’ to get your exercise in for the day. 
  17.   Go Eco:  Ditch the 50-plastic snack bags a week and invest in a Bento Box or sectional lunchbox. These boxes are time and planet savers! You’ll be saying cya to your sad Salada’s and have a lol dicing like    dictator lunches   pro Jenny Mollen in no time. 
  18.   Keep bathtime to PM:  ALWAYS shower/ bath the night before. Unless they wet the bed, you’ve scored yourself another 15-mins in snooze town. 
  19.   Home-work ready:  Put aside an extra set of school stationery to leave at home in a pencil case, so your kids are ready to deep dive into those equations in the arvo. 
  20.   Embrace exercise-snacking:  Struggling to get to the gym? Exercise-snacking is a method of structuring exercise into short bouts, with 5 minutes of exercise and 1 minute of rest between each exercise. Ideas: Pop a squat while the toast is cooking, when your kid throws a tanty or while you’re waiting at the school gate.
  21.   Knock off:  After a WILD school week…knock off. You bloody deserve it. If you’re wanting a cheeky bevvie – try one of our delish   live cultured cocktails  to get those Friday feels pumping.  
Two kinds of people going back to school

BBC: Easy Ways to Live Well – Kombucha

BBC had all the fermented feels going this week with their kombucha feature on the ‘Easy Ways to Live Well’ program.

Following the trusty advice of leading gut health expert Professor Tim Spector, BBC presenter Steph McGovern increased her fibre, vegetable and fruit intake and got on the booch-train to incorporate more fermented foods and drinks into her diet. The result? Steph’s gut health improved from being in the bottom 20% of the population to the top 35%! Ahhhmazing!

The episode further delved into the traditional method of making kombucha – which we follow at Remedy – involving a natural fermentation of sweet tea with a live culture. The result is a sparkling drink that contains live cultures, tea polyphenols and organic acids that are good for your gut health and overall wellbeing.

Booch bro, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall was chuffed to show off his kombucha homebrew to Steph and give her the 411 on what’s good for her guts.

“Fermentation creates bacteria. There are lots of exciting bacteria in kombucha, that may not be in your gut already, but your gut will be very happy have.” Says Hugh.

Thankfully you don’t have to be a brew expert like the v dishy Hughy to get your daily dose of booch because we stock the raw, live cultured real deal right here. 

UK Remedy Lovers, to celebrate our booch besties at the BBC, you can score 10% off your next online order using code ‘BBC010’ until 31/01/20. For reallllls.

MUNG BEAN PUMPKIN KALE SALAD WITH TAHINI DRESSING

And just like that, we’re in 2020. Forget reflecting on 2019 (and that bad lower back tattoo... Becky) and embrace the New Year cheer. With eating better at the top of our resolution lists, we asked our good mate, and Remedy nutritionist Jacqueline Alwill to throw us her salad to end all salads. So if you’re 15 days deep into a plant-based diet or want to make friends with salad for once and all - try this Mung Bean, Pumpkin & Kale salad today. It’s easy. It’s delicious. It won’t disappoint!

Mung Bean Pumpkin Kale Salad with Tahini Dressing by Jacqueline Alwill

Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan
Servings: 4 - 6 as a side

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of mung beans, cooked until tender
  • 2 cups marinated kale
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1/4 cup mixed toasted sunflower seeds and pepitas
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice + 2 teaspoon finely grated zest
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup mint leaves or other herbs on hand- coriander/parsley will work well, finely chopped
  • 2 cups cooked pumpkin pieces
  • 1/4 cup dukkah
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • Sea salt & black pepper

Method

1. Toss cooked mung beans, marinated kale, celery, sunflower seeds, pepitas, almonds, lemon juice, zest, evoo and herns in a bowl with a good pinch of salt and black pepper. 

2. Lightly toss through the pumpkin. 

3. Arrange half the salad on a serving platter, sprinkle with half the dukkahand half the tahini then repeat and serve. 

*If you can't find dried mung beans, chickpeas work just as well. To marinate kale: pull leaves from the stem and chop into bite sized pieces, then place into a bowl. Drizzle with lemon juice, add a good pinch of sea salt and massage into leaves to marinate and tenderise. 

REMEDY BUSHFIRE SUPPORT

Our hearts are damn heavy for Australia right now watching the absolute devastation of the bushfires continuing. More than ever, this ripper of a country needs our support. We want to do whatever we can to help make it right. 

That's why from the 8th – 15th of January, 100% of all online sales globally will be donated to support bushfire relief across Australia.

We’re also working with the legends at Foodbank to donate thousands of much-needed Rem drinks to bushfire victims and emergency responders.

We know SO much more is needed. But it's a start, and we are continuing to explore ways we can help those in need recover and rebuild their lives and land. 

Our strength, resilience and good vibes as a community give us hope. 

Wanna donate directly?

Here are a few charities supporting bushfire victims and wildlife:

Outta dosh?

Here are a few money-free ways to help:

Remedy Bushfire Appeal Remedy Bushfire Appeal

Image via the talented @lignestudio.co

Say boo to sugar this Halloween!

It's that spooky time of year again - Halloween has arrived!

Rooted in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain, Halloween originally began as a way to scare off ghosts and spirits before morphing into the candy laden festival of witches and wizards we know today!

We’re down with dressing up and getting into the spirit (HA! Geddit?) of things but we know some parents find the amount of sugary treats on offer a little overwhelming. (Especially if you spend a bit of time trying to teach your sprogs about a balanced, healthy diet!).

As always, Remedy’s here to help with some healthy Halloween hacks! We’re not total buzz killers though, we know it’s fun to trick and/or treat so we’re all about making small tweaks and balanced choices…here’s our hot tips to making it through Halloween without the sugar crash ‘n’ burn!

Focus on the fun as well as the food!

Spend time talking with your kids about the origins and history of Halloween. Enjoy workshopping the costume possibilities and house decorations rather than the sweets and lollies on offer. One of the beauties of Halloween is the chance for children to wander around their neighbourhood after hours and get to know their community. Why not make this the focus rather than all the sugary loot?!

Eat something healthy before heading out

Have an early dinner before heading out. Filling up with something wholesome and healthy will help minimise the temptation of gorging on lollies.

Healthier handouts

Consider gifting popcorn, fruit kebabs, cheese-sticks or small packets of sultanas or raisins instead of sugary sweets. You could even go for mini-cans of Remedy Kombucha. They’re the perfect treat without the sweet and just the right size for little hands!

Nix food treats altogether

There’s no hard and fast rule regarding what you hand out to the kids in your neighbourhood and you can bet your bottom dollar some parents will be relieved to see some non-food treats in the trick or treat stash their little ones bring home. Try spooky Halloween themed stickers, bubbles, novelty erasers or even glow sticks to hand out on the night.

There you go – four healthy hacks that’ll have you saying ‘BOO’ to sugar this Halloween!

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How to pack a cheap, healthy lunch for college

Sorry to say guys but your eight weeks of summer lovin’ are OVER!

It’s OK though, Remedy’s here to help you get ready with some great ideas to liven up your snackage and lunches because it’s BTS!

Here’s some cheap ‘n’ easy ideas that’ll get you through, give your gut a boost AND save you some pennies.

Chickpea Salad

Canned chickpeas, lentils or black beans make for a healthy, fibre packed, sustaining salad. Try heating a drained can of chickpeas with teaspoon of curry powder, cool and mix with chopped bell pepper, celery, dates and red onion and cilantro for a spicy, tangy twist.

Pesto Pasta Salad

Grab a spoonful of jarred pesto (basil or sundried tomato) and mix through some leftover cold pasta (if you’re going gluten free try spelt or pulse pasta). Got a bit more dough to spend? Get fancy and throw in some fresh mozzarella, cherry tomatoes and olives. Bonus points for this little lunch because cooled pasta contains resistant starch. Resistant starch is key to supporting a healthy gut as it acts as a source of food for the 'good bacteria' in the large bowel, fuelling their growth and activity which is all good for supporting a healthy gut microbiome.

Asian Inspired Noodle Salad

Try a simple salad using cooked and cooled soba noodles (go for buckwheat for a nutty flavour) and whatever veg you have in the fridge. Whip up a dressing with lime juice, soy sauce and sesame oil adding in carrots, cabbage, spring onion, edamame, red peppers and cucumber for colour, fibre and all of the vitamins! Cold noodles = you guessed it – resistant starch!

Potato Salad

Want something comforting and filling? Try a homemade potato salad. Use leftover roasted or boiled potatoes and mix with yoghurt, dill pickles (live cultures ahoy!), hardboiled eggs for a protein hit, Dijon mustard, green onions and celery for crunch. (Cold potatoes = resistant starch!) A pre AND probiotic potato salad.

What about snacks 'n' sides? Not all are created equal!

Fruit

Aim for fresh over dried. Dried fruit sticky and high in sugar so best as a ‘sometimes’ food. Avoid dried fruit bars and fruit straps or fruit leathers which are very high in sugar, low in fibre and can stick to teeth.

Vegetables

Crunchy veggie sticks like carrot, celery, cucumber and peppers are all winners as are cherry tomatoes. Steer clear of chips or crisps.

Dips

Hummus, tzatziki and guacamole are all great options for the lunchbox with veggies or crackers.

Live cultured foods like yoghurt and kombucha

Incorporate live cultured foods into your everyday diet to give your gut health the TLC it deserves. But make sure you read your labels! Fruit yoghurts can pack a punch in terms of sugar content as can some brands of kombucha. All Remedy drinks contain no sugar, naturally and come in handy 250ml cans which are perfect for on the go.

So there you have it - some quick, easy and cost effective ways to incorporate gut boosting foods into your lunches.

Remedy’s gone global!

That’s right Remedy fans, if you’re in the UK, Canada, Singapore, New Zealand or Australia you can now buy Remedy online. WAHOO! 

So, jump on in, peruse the Remedy range to your heart and gut’s content, choose ALL the flavours you’ve ever wanted to give a whirl!!

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!

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!

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

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!

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. Remedy Coconut Water Kefir is hydrating, full of organic acids as well as natural kefir probiotics including 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 counter that brought you Remedy Kombucha. It's 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 the perfect refreshment to enjoy after a hard workout helping to replenish 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 support 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!

Remedy in Canada

The secret is out! Remedy is now available in Canada!

All you kombucha loving Canucks can now enjoy the delicious taste and gut loving goodness that make Remedy a favourite around the world.

Remedy is topnotch for a reason. Our fizzy, long-age fermented drinks are chock full of the good stuff with healthy live cultures and organic acids. Oh, and Remedy also contains no sugar, naturally.

We’ve brought seven (yes, seven!) fan-favourite flavours of kombucha to the Great White North. And guess what? Switchel is also coming along for the ride!

You can pick up a bottle of Remedy at selected fine retailers or order by the case on Amazon with FREE SHIPPING!

New retailers are carrying Remedy every day. Keep up-to-date on where you can stock up in Canada here.

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 raw organic apple cider vinegar and fresh organic ginger. And like all Remedy drinks, it naturally contains no sugar.

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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 three delicious flavours that make for refreshing bevvies all on their own OR as a great accompaniment to food.

Three super fresh flavours

Remedy Switchel Blood Orange: 
Like a healthy version of a certain orange fizzy from childhood, Remedy Blood Orange Switchel has a beautiful depth of flavour. Kind of a bittersweet, with a real tang to it, the kids love this one!

Remedy Switchel Finger Lime:
Best described as a real zesty, tangy treat. Ginger brings the heat, the lime keeps it cool. It’s the perfect swap out for a beer at your next barbie and makes for a nice cocktail mixer too.

Remedy Switchel Tropical:
This drink will take your tastebuds to a tropical paradise before they can even pack their bags. With the zing of fresh pineapple and the sweetness of passionfruit, Remedy Switchel Tropical is a holiday in a bottle.

Three good reasons to switch it up with Remedy Switchel

Sure, Remedy Switchel is super tasty but there are loads of good reasons you should aim to incorporate Switchel into your daily diet. Here's our top three:

It's the perfect thirst quencher 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 super easy health 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 with 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.

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 Remedy 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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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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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 in the soft drink aisle at the supermarket.

1. REMEDY CONTAINS NO SUGAR, NATURALLY

At Remedy, our 30-day long aged small batch fermentation process results in kombucha that 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 counter. 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 fermentation 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, 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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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!

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.

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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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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.

How much kombucha should I drink? And how often?

A couple of questions we are asked ALL the time are:

"How much kombucha should I drink?"

and

"How often should I drink kombucha to get the best results?"

OR sometimes it's phrased as "HAAALLLP! I'm addicted! Can you drink too much!?"

Remedy Nutritionist, Jacqueline Alwill is here to give you the answers you need.

As Jacq explains, we don't believe in a one-size-fits all prescription for our kombucha. We also don't believe you need to start small, especially when you can trust how Remedy is made and that our kombucha has no sugar.

We do recommend daily consumption to get the most benefit, but how much is up to you! Some people like one per day. Others, like many of the team at Remedy, have one with every meal!

The way we see it, everyone’s body is different. See what feels right for you and - most importantly - trust your gut!

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 than blueberries when it comes to antioxidants.

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

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!

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

What's the deal with sugar in kombucha?

Sugar and kombucha can be a tricky subject. While it's become well known for being a low sugar drink, this isn't always the case. So is your fave kombucha actually a sugar bomb? The Sporteluxe team decided to give you all a hand and do the research for you. 

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We say kom-BOO-cha, you say...

Where does kombucha come from? What's its story? Well, we know it's been around for thousands of years, but here's the thing with those old pre-technology, pre-globalisation days. No one really knows. But there are a few theories that make sense.

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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.

Lisa Wilkinson is OBSESSED

We knew Lisa Wilkinson was a fan of our kombucha! But it wasn't until yesterday morning when the Today Show host declared her love for Remedy Kombucha on national breakfast television that we knew just how much of a super fan she really was. During a nutritionist segment on gut health, Lisa whipped out a bottle of Remedy and said:

"I'm obsessed with this stuff. This Remedy Kombucha – I drink of a bottle of this a day."

"It's a cultured live drink – and it's delicious."

Couldn't have put it better ourselves! Ever the cynic, her co-host Karl questioned whether it was really just a fad, but Lisa set him straight, telling him how looking after her gut health has changed her life for the better.

"I find that since I’ve been concentrating on my gut health, I’ve been healthier, I’ve felt much better for it. Particularly this stuff (Remedy Kombucha); I just love it."

It's not the first time Lisa has shared the Remedy love though. In a recent cover story for YOURS magazine, she talked about how Remedy Kombucha is a part of her daily beauty routine.

Thanks Lisa. We love ya guts! xo