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5 hacks for a healthier kids' party

by Jacqueline Alwill

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

1. FIND FAMILY FAVES

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

2. ENJOY THE SWEET

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

3. SAY HEY TO SAVOURY

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

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

4. SWAP THE SODAS

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

5. RUN THEM RAGGED

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

Recipe: Choc Dipped Pineapple Triangles

Makes approximately 24 slices

Dairy Free: Gluten Free: Refined Sugar Free: Vegan

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

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

Line a large baking tray with greaseproof paper.

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

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

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

Remedy's fresh twist on sodas

Here at Remedy, we're all about shaking fizzy drinks for good and guess what? We're doin' it!

Remedy Sodas are a fresh twist on your old school favourites, reinvented for today’s healthier times.

We're making it right and reclaiming fizzy drinks for what they’re meant to be - refreshing drinks, traditionally fermented with real all-natural ingredients in small batches.

And just like the rest of our tasty Remedy bevvies, Remedy Sodas are live cultured with no sugar, naturally.

WTH's a live cultured soda?

Remedy Sodas come from the same kitchen counter that brought you Remedy Kombucha BUT they're NOT kombucha! Amazing! Minds blown!

Think of Remedy Sodas as the perfect bevvie if you aren't quite ready to jump on the booch train but you want to make some healthier swaps in your diet. We get it. Baby steps. 

While Remedy Kombucha is made with tea, Remedy Sodas are made with organic fruit juices brewed with our Remedy live culture to ferment out all of the sugar before adding all natural ingredients including spices and botanicals to create a brand new range of live cultured sodas that are better for you!

how Remedy Sodas are made how Remedy Sodas are made

Why should I choose a live cultured soda over a regular fizzy?

Made with natural live cultures, Remedy Sodas are positively jammed with goodies for your mind, body and gut! Remedy's range of live cultured sodas offer a real, tasty alternative to sugary soft drinks making it easier and tastier to reach for the right stuff!

Live cultures can help support gut health by:

  • Increasing the diversity of your gut flora – these are the good bugs that live in your gut to get things working as they should
  • Preventing the growth of bad bugs that make you sick
  • Supplying billions of microorganisms that are full of vitamins, minerals and fibre, which the healthy bacteria in your gut use as a food source to produce important metabolites for good health


Organic acids
also known as short chain fatty acids (SFCAs) can:

  • Provide an energy source for the good bacteria in your gut
  • Help to regulate appetite
  • Stabilise blood sugar levels
  • Regulate cholesterol
  • Like live cultures, also help prevent overgrowth of bad bugs in your gut


Naturally contains no sugar:
The beauty of Remedy Sodas is that although they are made with organic juices which naturally contain sugar, all the sugar is eaten up by the live cultures during fermentation to maximise those amazing organic acids. Remedy brews out ALL of the sugar, and we test every batch to make sure. This is why Remedy Sodas have the official tick of approval from Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar.

Organic and all-natural: Remedy Sodas are all-natural and certified organic, providing a natural energy kick without crash and burn of sugar and caffeine highs.

Tempting...but what do they taste like?

Remedy live cultured sodas are fizzy, super refreshing and come in five fab flavours:

Oranja: Our take on a timeless orange soda minus the sugar. Zingy, sunny and bright whole fruit flavours made with real organic Valencia oranges.

Lemonade: A fresh take on a classic, Remedy’s live cultured lemonade is made with freshly squeezed organic lemon juice for a big burst of zest and tang with no sugar, naturally.

Lemon, Lime & Bitters: A live cultured soda made the old school way with real lemon, lime and botanicals. Fresh-as flavour and oh-so-aromatic.

Cola: This right here is the real deal. Cola made right. Ginger, kola nut and vanilla combine to create a smooth, live cultured cola.

Ginger Beer: Big bang tang! This is how Ginger Beer is meant to be. Real ginger for fiery, fresh, full-on flavour and warmth.

When can I drink sodas?

You’re a newbie: Not ready to jump on the booch train? Think of Remedy Sodas as your gateway to the delicious world of tasty, live cultured bevvies. We get it, sometimes you need to take baby steps.

Sub out a traditional soft drink: The crisp, fresh flavours of Remedy Sodas make them a perfect swap for sugary soft drinks. Whether you’re looking for an old school Lemonade or a Cola made right, we’ve got you.

Reach for the right stuff and swap out juice: While we use real, organic fruit juice in our sodas, all the sugar is brewed out making these bevvies a super fresh swap for traditional sugary fruit juice. 

Kids' birthday parties: Notorious for sugar highs and lows, avoid the kiddie crash ’n’ burn and opt for healthy, live cultured sodas at their next birthday party. Our fun size 250ml cans are just right for little hands.

Mix it up: Giving booze a break? Remedy Sodas are a great option to take to BBQs, parties and picnics instead. But if you ARE imbibing, Remedy Sodas also make great mixers. Try Lemon, Lime and Bitters, Ginger Beer or Lemonade in your next mixed drink.

Where can I find Remedy Sodas?

Remedy Sodas are available at major supermarkets, petrol and convenience outlets, health foods stores, cafes and online at remedydrinks.com.

BRAND SPANKING NEW CITRUS SODAS ARE HERE

Orange and lemons say the bells of St Clements!

Well DING DONG homies because Remedy’s launched two new live cultured citrus sodas to quench your thirst this spring.

We're making it right, shaking fizzy drinks up for good and bringing old school flavour and tradition BACK. 

WTH's a live cultured soda?

Remedy Sodas are made in a different way to Remedy Kombucha.

Kombucha is made with tea whereas Remedy Sodas are made with organic fruit juices brewed with our Remedy live culture to brew out all of the sugar before adding all natural ingredients including spices and botanicals to create a brand new range of live cultured sodas that are better for you! Rest assured, Remedy Sodas contain loads of goodies for you gut and overall health and wellbeing including live cultures and organic acids.

So if you're not sure about jumping on the booch train, Remedy Sodas are made for you! We get it. Sometimes you need take baby steps when it comes to the wonderful world of live cultured bevvies!

Let’s start with ORANJA

Say after us: o-ran-ja. With a hard j as in juicy. Because that’s what you’re getting in this classic orange soda. You’re on the search for the Holy Grail of all orange sodas. Made with organic Valencia oranges, Remedy Oranja is realest of the real. You want that big, whole fruit taste minus the sugar. You want sunny and bright flavours with a bit of bite. You want antioxidants and live cultured goodness as well. You want organic. You want a puppy. No worries, Remedy Oranja is here to quench your undeniable thirst for all that is sunny, bright and good in the world. Slam it and SHINE ON! (Puppy not included)

Old school LEMONADE

Can Remedy improve on a classic? Heck YES! Made with real organic lemons and pressed peel for sure fire sherbert-y goodness, THIS is lemonade made right. Real deal ingredients deliver whole fruit spark and bite for an honest to goodness lemonade that’ll take you right back to the backyard lemon trees and street side lemonade stands of summer in the suburbs. Bursting with tangy flavours and zesty aromas, this live cultured lemonade is the GOODS.

how we make Remedy Sodas how we make Remedy Sodas

Where can I find it?

Remedy Oranja and Remedy Lemonade are available at Coles supermarkets in the soft drink aisle and online at remedydrinks.com

Sweet Potato Nachos with new Remedy Tepache

 

by Jacqueline Alwill

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recipe: Sweet Potato Nachos with new Remedy Tepache


Serves 4
Gluten free : Dairy Free : Vegan

Nachos:

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

Pineapple avocado salsa:

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

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

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

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

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

Que Tepache?

Remedy’s done it again and launched a drink no-one can pronounce! It’s OK though because we’re always happy to help you out - we’re good like that. 

Say after us slowly: TE-PAR-CHEY. It rhymes with PAR-TAY.

What exactly IS Tepache?

Glad you asked! Refreshingly real and radically revitalising with no sugar naturally, Remedy Tepache is a brand new, live cultured fizzy rooted in old school Mexican fermenting traditions and pairs tangy pineapple with warm cinnamon. Tepache is pretty new to Australia but we think you’ll dig it. A LOT!

There’s a long Mexican tradition of quenching your thirst on a hot day with ‘aguas frescas’ which translates as ‘fresh waters’. These drinks are traditionally prepared with sugar, grains and fruits like papaya, watermelon, rockmelon, lemon and mango. Tepache is a fermented pineapple take on these sodas and is traditionally made with pineapple rinds, turbinado brown sugar and cinnamon or cloves.

Tepache is a very easy drink to make at home if you want to try home fermenting taking only a few days to bubble away and do its thing. 

If you don’t have the time or inclination to do a home ferment or prefer a naturally no sugar option, Remedy Tepache is our hot tip.

What does it taste like?

Fizzy, crisp, fresh and super fruity. A little tropical with a smidge of spice and warmth from cinnamon.

how remedy tepache is made how remedy tepache is made

Fermented the old school way, we take organic pineapple juice and brew it with our Remedy live culture to remove all of the sugar before adding all natural ingredients including cinnamon to create a tangy, live cultured pineapple soda that’ll have you saying ‘adios sugar, hola Tepache!’. 

Why’s it so darn tootin’ good for you?

Where to start? Remedy Tepache is jammed with goodies for mind, body and gut! Made with tangy pineapple and spicy cinnamon, Remedy Tepache is packed with live cultures and naturally energising organic acids.

Live cultures improve gut health by:

  • Increasing the diversity of your gut flora – these are the good bugs that live in your gut to get things working as they should
  • Preventing the growth of bad bugs that make you sick
  • Supplying billions of microorganisms that are full of vitamins, minerals and fibre, which the healthy bacteria in your gut use as a food source to produce important metabolites for good health


Organic acids also known as short chain fatty acids (SFCAs) can:

  • Provide an energy source for the good bacteria in your gut
  • Help to regulate appetite
  • Stabilise blood sugar levels
  • Regulate cholesterol
  • Like live cultures, also help prevent overgrowth of bad bugs in your gut

 

Naturally contains no sugar: The beauty of Remedy Tepache is that although the organic pineapple juice it is made with naturally contains sugar, all the sugar is eaten up by the live cultures during fermentation to maximise those amazing organic acids. Remedy brews out ALL of the sugar, and we test every batch to make sure. This is why Remedy Tepache has the official tick of approval from Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar.

Organic and all-natural: Remedy Tepache is all-natural and certified organic, providing natural energy kick without crash and burn of sugar and caffeine highs.

When should you drink it?

Anytime is Tepache time! But here’s a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing… 

  • Sub out a traditional soft drink: The super juicy, crisp, fresh flavour of Tepache makes it the perfect swap for a sugary soft drink. Think of it as a great gateway to the wonderful world of live cultured bevvies. We get it, sometimes you need to take baby steps.
  • Reach for the right stuff and swap out juice: While Remedy uses real, organic pineapple juice to make Tepache, all the sugar is brewed out making this bevvie a super fresh swap for traditional sugary fruit juice. Like all Remedy bevvies, Remedy Tepache is no sugar, naturally.
  • For foodies: The tang of pineapple and hint of cinnamon make Remedy Tepache the perfect accompaniment to BBQs, dinner parties and picnics. With its refreshingly crisp flavours, Tepache pairs perfectly with spicy foods from tacos and tostadas through to Sri Lankan and Thai curries.
  • Mix it up: Giving booze a break? Remedy Tepache is a great option to take to parties or events instead of your usual six pack of West Coast Cooler (JK). But if you ARE imbibing, Tepache also works wonders with tequila, vodka and even dark or light rum. The only limit is your imagination. You could even take it the next level and mix it with a little beer, just like they do in Mexico. Tepache Shandy anyone?

So there you have it – an introduction to one of the oldest, newest fermented drinks – Remedy Tepache!  Salud!

What gives the Cronulla Sharks good energy?

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

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

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

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

When can you drink Remedy Good Energy?

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

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

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

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

All good? All riiiiiiight!

Better Homes & Gardens on how to ID real kombucha

Better Homes & Gardens did some booch mythbusting recently with a little friendly expert advice from Remedy Drinks!

Here's how to tell if your kombucha is the real deal.

And a couple of tips from us:

  • Pour some kombucha in a glass and let it sit in a warm place for a few days. If it’s real, a Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast should form (a SCOBY).
  • The beneficial bacteria and live cultures in kombucha can only be present in the drink if it is raw and unpasteurised.
  • Check the label to see how the product is made, real kombucha is brewed over time.

Remedy Kombucha reviewed in The Guardian

News just in from The Guardian!

Remedy Kombucha Raspberry Lemonade makes the grade in Fiona Beckett's review of four fruit drinks that aren't too sickly sweet.

"A not-too-scary introduction to kombucha with the flavour of a sour beer. Virtuously raw, vegan and unpasteurised."

We couldn't agree more.

Remedy Kombucha Raspberry Lemonade is a grown-up, guilt-free take on a childhood classic. No sugar. No nasties. Just lip-smacking gut-loving goodness in a bottle. 

 

 

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!!

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 where it is a key ingredient in some of our fan favourites including our Remedy Kombucha Ginger Lemon, Remedy Kombucha Ginger Berry 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. 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!

2. 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, make sure you grab one when you’re on the go whether that’s in a plane, train or automobile. 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. 

3. 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 the 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. 

4. Colds and flu begone!

With anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties that can help fight infection,  ginger is a great natural option to support your immunity during the colder months. 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. 

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 Berry or three (and a hot water bottle).

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

You down with ACV?

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

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

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

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

1. Good bacteria for your gut

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

2. Damn good for your digestion

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

3. Curbs those blood sugar spikes

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

4. Lowers cholesterol and improves heart health

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

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

Five health hacks to fight off cold and flu season

by Remedy Nutritionist Jacqueline Alwill

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

Dive into the winter sun

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

Double up on immune boosting foods

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Practice rest

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

Increase your zinc

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

Aim for plant diversity in the diet

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

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

What's so good about Remedy Switchel?

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

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

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

Turns out, they weren’t wrong!

The goodness of Remedy Switchel comes down to three factors: raw organic apple cider vinegar, real organic ginger juice and no sugar, naturally. Let's break down the benefits!

Why's Apple Cider Vinegar so great?

Glad you asked! Here's a quick hitlist of all the benefits! Apple Cider Vinegar (also known as ACV) can:

  • Help regulate and stabilise blood sugar levels
  • Aid digestion and improve gut health
  • Help to regulate appetite
  • Promote good heart health and help keep cholesterol levels low
  • Help restore balance in the body after heavy physical exertion (whether that's at the gym or on a worksite), with its naturally occurring electrolytes
  • Balance the body’s pH levels

And what about ginger?

Ginger is reknowned for it's amazing health properties which include:

  • Aiding digestion
  • Reducing inflammation
  • Helping reduce pain symptoms
  • Boosting immunity

AND no sugar, naturally you say?

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

So all these goodies AND it's delicious? That's right! So if you're looking for a tasty, healthy alternative to fizzy soft drinks, Remedy Switchel is a great swap and an easy way to get your daily dose of ACV upping the ante on the goodness in your everyday diet.

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!

Healthy lunch swaps made easy

by Remedy Nutritionist Jacqueline Alwill

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

Get set to go troppo!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Remedy is in the air!

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


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

We're COCO-LOCO for Coconut Water Kefir!

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

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

WHY'S IT SO GOOD FOR YOU?

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

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

SOOOOO... WHAT DOES IT EVEN TASTE LIKE?

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

We've launched with three fab flavours:

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

HOW ON EARTH DO WE MAKE THIS GOODNESS?

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

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

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

WHEN & HOW CAN I DRINK IT?

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

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

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

WHERE CAN I BUY IT?

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

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

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

Switchel say-what-now?

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

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

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

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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 Remedt Nutritionist, Jacqueline Alwill. 

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WHAT THE HECK IS A FINGER LIME?

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

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

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

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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 inthe soft drink aisle at the supermarket.

1. WE BREW OUT ALL OF THE SUGAR

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

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

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

2. OUR LIVE CULTURE IS SUPER RIPPED

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

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

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

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

3. WE'RE CRAZY ABOUT QUALITY

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

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

Got more questions? Check out our FAQs here.

6 types of kombucha drinkers

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

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

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

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Why is ginger so good for you?

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

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

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Ginger Berry’s back, 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.

Forte Magazine: Remedy Kombucha review

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

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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.

5 tips for healthier festive drinking

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

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

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

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

1. Improve your gut health

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

2. Stock up on your antioxidants

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

3. Achieve a natural energy boost

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

4. Regulate your appetite and kick-start your metabolism

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

5. Feel and look good - inside and out

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

Top five health benefits of native Kakadu plum

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

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

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

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

1. It's chockablock full of Vitamin C:

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

2. It's rich in antioxidants:

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

3. It's medicinal:

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

4. It packs vego-friendly muscle:

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

5. It's full of folate:

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

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

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

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

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

Time for a tipple: Remedy Aperol Spritz

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

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

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



 

INGREDIENTS

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

 

METHOD

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


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

Props to Leroy from Lulu White for the recipe!

Yeah, but what even IS kombucha?

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

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

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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