Remedy Lovers

Signs You're Getting Healthier

So you've started that 8-week challenge at the gym, and all of a sudden, you're now getting news alerts for Body & Soul, your most prized possession is your gratitude journal, and you've started talking openly in the office about your IBS.

Gone are the days where you would be in the clubs until 4 AM, as you have a strict sleep schedule to stick to since listening to that one podcast. Nowadays, you're in bed early every night having "screen-free" time, treating yourself to a medicinal mushroom and ashwagandha hot cacao whilst re-reading your dog-eared copy of the Power of Now.


Every morning, you start with a shot of apple cider vinegar, some wim hoff breathwork, and a guided meditation before checking who has done what on Strava. You can't let Steve clock more KMs than you, so you give him passive-aggressive kudos and get into your $600 lycra kit.

OK, so maybe you're not quite there yet, but here are some of the signs you're getting healthier!

 


What to expect the first time you drink kombucha

You’re not alone if you think it sounds weird

Words by Melissa Shedden


If you haven't plunged into the puckery depths of kombucha, you probably will soon, especially if you’re feeling bleurgh about your health. Or just darn thirsty.

As part of my own perpetual quest to find a wellness tonic for everything that ails me, I now look back with rose-tinted glasses on my first time, like it was yesterday (and much more affectionately than my first squirmy kiss with Kelvin White on the school basketball court, but that’s a whole other story.) I fondly remember my virgin sip of this cloudy liquid as the taste equivalent of tiny fairies tap dancing on my tongue.

It was otherworldly. Like nothing I’d experienced before. At first, I wasn’t sure. But it quickly grew on me. You know why? Kombucha tastes like health. But not a hold-your-nose-close-your-eyes-and-down-it health taste, because heck I’ve tried plenty of those as a health journalist over the years.


Kombucha: an acquired taste

That was more than a decade ago when kombucha caused your face to go Jim Carrey and by that I mean physically respond to the initial teeth-thrumming taste. Now it’s best described as exhilaratingly tangy and tart fruity flavour infusion (which explains why there’s so many tasty flavours to choose from). Sipping on one feels like a power nap in drink form – all sorts of refreshing.

You see, the collective understanding that not all bacteria are evil and that many are in fact, good and necessary to human health, have since made live cultured products as alluring as that fresh-out-of-the-oven Subway cookie scent. Yep, these days you can barely order a latte without bumping into something cultured, or otherwise funky – in a good way.


Kombucha's origins – like almost everything about the drink – are a little Harold Holt-esque – a combination of myth and mystery. It’s been around for about 2000 years and made its way to us from China through Russia and Eastern Europe – but the middle class hipsters made it famous in the last decade when it got brewed commercially. We salute you beard-oiled friends.

 

Kombucha for beginners

The carbonated drink with live micro-organisms is made when tea, raw organic sugar and water are left to ferment with SCOBY, an acronym, that stands for symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast. (Google warning: If you've never looked at a picture of SCOBY, the slimy beige blob is reminiscent of a jellyfish from the depths of unchartered waters. You know you want hit search, stat.)

Sounds funky, but the outcome is good, so let’s press on. The fermentation process makes the drink naturally fizzy as well, and then different flavours are added. Remedy, made famous by the ‘I Quit Sugar recommends’ tick, makes the real deal no sugar stuff straight out of Melbourne. (Side note: During their 30-day long aged brewing process, all of the key starter ingredient sugar is converted into organic acids leaving no sugar.) Think passionfruit and mango, raspberry lemonade, ginger and lemon and their newest creation, wild berry, a great gateaway booch that I wish I had when I first began my dalliance with the drink. 

 

Great expectations

So what should you expect the first time you pop the top and suck one down?

My advice? Start with Remedy Kombucha Wild Berry – the jammy mouthfeel of a warm summer’s day. Give it a good sniff, then pretend you’re at a bougie restaurant and somehow you’ve ended up being anointed by the sommelier as the wine tester and consider it for a moment. Take that opening sip. Let it linger. Smack it between your lips and swoosh it to the back of your throat. Trust me, your expression will change more times than a cat meme – and rapidly – and I guarantee you’ll go back for more.

As for the health benefits, Remedy Kombucha is teeming with live cultures, organic acids and antioxidants (AKA the really good stuff). If you’re thirsty and looking for a smug feeling alternative to soft drinks, booze and juice this summer - go wild on Remedy Kombucha.

 

 

Article first published on Body & Soul. 


How to ferment at home like a pro

Whatttta year!#@?! While it's been a toughy, one positive to come out of the big 'C' is that we've all been gathering around our kitchen counters more than ever fermenting up a storm (HELLO sourdough).

To celebrate all this culinary bravado, we've collaborated with our mates at I Quit Suar to share our all-time Ferment Faves! 

From kombucha makin' to pickling a Remedy rainbow of veg, each recipe is an ABSOLUTE party-in-your-mouth cracker. 

The best bit is that whether you're a fully-fledged ferment genius or an absolute NEWBIE, it doesn't matter! You'll enjoy these utterly calming to make recipes all the same in this 2020 craze. PLUS ferments are theeee BEST homemade gift ever, so be sure to drop off a jar full of goodness to all your nearest and dearest to try (Chrissy gift-giving sorted).

Ferment Fave Recipes:

Kombucha sourdough

Sweet & spicy fermented hot sauce

Kombucha pickled veg

How to brew your own kombucha

Fun Fact: The first batch of the Remedy Kombucha you know and love was created on our Founders kitchen bench in a small jar in Melbourne almost 15 years ago! From little jars, big things can grow! 

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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12 quarantine date ideas, because we all could use some passion right now.

It's official; the old Netflix and chill combo is becoming a bit tired in iso life. Whether you're trying to impress your corona bae or bring back those bow-chicka-wow-wow VIBES with your loved one in quarantine, try one of these 12 quarantine dates ideas   (and thank me later).

1. Sketch each other in the nud. You hear me Jack, draw me like one of your french girls.

2. Bring back Friday night drinks with a dedicated cocktail hour - If you get flirty with the bartender, you may be treated to the house special - Remedy Kombucha Quarantini.

3. Start stargazing. Talking knowledgeably about constellations is pretty dishy.

4. Have a blind wine tasting night or a blind kombucha tasting night with a Remedy Kombucha Mixed Case on a double zoom date - each privately rating each sip out of 10 and discussing afterwards.

5. Learn to dance. Say cya to your solid two-step for once and all. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSRgVEqe6-k
6. Download words with friends again. Bit of wordy foreplay never hurt anyone.
 

7. Crack open a Remedy Kombucha Mango Passion and pour it into two champagne glasses mid-week (Why not?).

8. Surprise your partner with breakfast in bed! ROLL out the pancakes for serious brownie points.

9. Have a stay-at-home picnic and charcuterie board yourself silly.
picnic


10. Build a pillow fort or cubby house indoors (we're all big kids deep down).

11. Pick an erotic novel and read each chapter out loud to one another -**BLUSH**

12. Talk dirty about what you're gonna do together in your post-rona life. oo0o0o we gonna sit on the park bench together, hold hands, play tongue hockey and get on a plane outta here - you get the gist. Basically, everything you once loved that now SCREAMS unhygienic and irresponsible. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0kK0-FwStw