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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. 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:

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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. 

Four ways to boost your family’s gut health this winter

We’re bracing for an early onset of the cold and flu season this year and    Remedy Drinks Nutritionist Jacqueline Alwill    is here to help with some hot tips on how to boost your family’s gut microbiome and immunity this winter.

“Your ‘gut microbiome’ is made up of the trillions of microorganisms that live in your intestine. These microorganisms, mainly made up of bacteria, play a key role in digesting the food you eat, helping you to absorb and synthesize nutrients,” Jacqueline explains. 

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

“There are many different factors that influence the type and amount of bacteria we have in our gut and diet is one of the key ways we can ensure our microbiome is balanced, active and healthy to ensure our immune function is working as well as it can especially as we head into winter. An imbalance of bad gut bacteria essentially confuses the immune system meaning it won’t correctly identify and fight the bads guys like cold and flu when they arrive.”

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

Boosting and supporting your microbiome doesn’t have to be a chore. There are simple and easy ways to give your gut health a boost:

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1: Mix it up! Variety is the spice of life.

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

2: Introduce some easy fermented foods to boost beneficial bacteria

Not sure whether your kids will give fermented foods a go? There are plenty of ‘gateway’ fermented options to try: pickles in a burger, miso soup (or maybe my miso caramel banana muffins), kefir, a kombucha spider made with a kid-friendly   raspberry lemonade   flavour and ice cream, even good old Greek yoghurt is a winner for upping beneficial bacteria. For the more adventurous you could try a baked sweet potato topped with kimchi and grated cheese. Fermented foods are a great source of probiotics. 

3: Pump up the prebiotics

You’ve heard about probiotics but PREbiotics are just as important. Think of prebiotics as the food your good gut bacteria needs to thrive. Plant-based and wholegrain foods are your best source including bananas, watermelon, nectarines, white peaches, onion, garlic, leek, asparagus, Jerusalem artichokes, snow pea and green peas. Legumes are also great so aim to incorporate chickpeas, red kidney beans, lentils and nuts and seeds in meals. Try a Mexican night with my    Bean Chilli   served with either potatoes or wraps. 

4. Get dirty

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

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Peek inside a nutritionist’s pantry!

It’s getting chilly and rightly time to stock up on the GOOD stuff! But before you go out and buy a great wall of bog roll again, make sure you first have the basics on hand to create healthy and affordable meals at the ready this season.

Sadly, there’s only so long you can survive off those 2-minute-noodle wonders, and it’s time to get back to good N-U-T-R-I-T-I-O-N. Remember that crazy word? Rhymes with a beautician (the real heroes we’ve missed).

To help get us back into the swing of things, Remedy Drinks Nutritionist Jacq Alwill has been kind enough to share the multipurpose pantry staples she stocks up on at the supermarkets to make meals FULL of nutrition and flavour. Take notes.

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GRAINS & PSEUDO GRAINS 

“Grains are a wonderful source of B vitamins, fibre and carbohydrates for sustained energy and to help our brains function at their absolute best, the top grains to have on hand are basmati or brown rice, buckwheat, pure buckwheat soba noodles, quinoa, quinoa flakes, oats and barley.” Jacq explains. Try porridge for breakfast, a salad loaded with quinoa for lunch and hearty dinner with rice or noodles!

LEGUMES & BEANS 

Thanks to the popularity of going meat-free (even for one day a week), legumes and beans are key– and they’re cost-effective, versatile and filling. “Legumes and beans will satiate your appetite and fuel your body with plant-based proteins. They provide essential amino acids our bodies need to synthesise proteins and for growth, development and repair.” If you’re not sure which to take home, Jacq recommends brown lentils, chickpeas, kidney beans and butter beans. If you’re buying them dried, try puy lentils, red lentils or split peas.

FERMENTED FOOD & DRINKS 

Fermented foods and drinks are the true long-life pantry heroes! Jacq suggests keeping an eye out for kimchi, sauerkraut, miso, yoghurt and fermented drinks at the supermarket AKA   Remedy Kombucha,    Remedy Switchel,    Remedy Sodas and    Remedy Kefir. “Fermented goods are some of the most delicious ingredients you can stock up on and store for later. Through the fermentation process, they produce beautiful bacteria best known to us as probiotics to support our immune health. How? They feed the gut flora so it can flourish and absorb the nutrients in our foods.” We’ll CHEERS to that. 

OIL, VINEGAR, & CONDIMENTS 

Don’t skimp on oils, vinegar and condiments. What you’re cooking with should taste great! “Using high-quality oils not only add flavour to dishes, they can also be a source of high-quality fats. Extra-virgin olive oil, unrefined coconut oil, macadamia oil, sesame oil and ghee are all great to have. Balsamic vinegar and apple cider vinegar will transform any salad while helping curb sugar spikes and aiding digestion” says Jacq. Tamari and fish sauce are great for adding flavour to stir-fries and Asian cuisines. Tahini, almond butter, peanut butter or cashew butter can be used in baking, simple salad dressings, and if you just can’t help yourself, eaten by the spoon! 

Deluxe Plant-Based Burgers

Finally scraping the barrel of iso-recipe ideas? We're in the same boat. One more curry and we may just have a new turmeric-coloured wallpaper on our hands. It's either that or the beans get a spin in the microwave again. Luckily our main gal and Remedy nutritionist Jacqueline Alwill came in to save the day with this banger of a burger recipe. Plant-based deliciousness which uses simple ingredients and is oh-so easy to make (it also happens to go REAL well with a Remedy Ginger Beer). Get on it!

Deluxe Plant-Based Burgers by Jacqueline Alwill

Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan
Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed 
  • 1 cup (200g) frozen peas, defrosted 
  • 1 cup (200g) cooked chickpeas or tinned, rinsed and drained 
  • 1/2 cup (70g) cooked brown rice 
  • 1/2 cup (48g) almond meal 
  • 1/4 cup (60g) caramelised onion 
  • 2 tablespoons (40ml) extra virgin olive oil 
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley 
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped coriander (or your herb of choice) 

Method

1. Start by making the flax egg. Combine ground flaxseed with 2.5 tablespoons water in a small bowl, mix and set aside.

2. In a food processor combine defrosted peas, chickpeas, brown rice, almond meal, caramelised onion and oil and pulse to chop a few times. Add flax egg and blitz briefly so the mixture comes together but you can still see small pieces of peas and chickpeas.

3. Shape into 4 even sized burgers approximately 10cm in diameter, pop on a plate, cover and set in the fridge for 20 minutes.

4. Heat the oven to 180°C and line a large baking tray with greaseproof paper. Place burgers on baking tray, spray lightly with extra virgin olive oil and bake in oven for 40 minutes.

5. Team with your favourite burger bun (bread or lettuce) and choice of juicy burger extras - pickles, hummus, mustard, beetroot, tomato, sprouts, onion, kraut and serve with sweet potato wedges for extra delicious trimmings. 

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