So this week has been CRAZY for me with Liam starting at the day home, me starting work full time again, Crossfit, oh and just watching Liam run around the house ON HIS OWN. Can someone pinch me please because I can’t even believe this is my life right now. You will have to bare with me if posting gets spotty while we figure out our new routine.
Anyways, I’ll do full updates on being back at work and how the day home is going a little later. Today I wanted to talk about my latest obsession. You’ve probably heard the word Kombucha floating around lately. It’s starting to gain popularity and I’ve noticed it being talked about more and more in the blog world and even with the locals on Twitter. What is it?
For those of you who are unaware, Kombucha is a fermented drink of sweetened black tea. The fermentation comes from the Scoby, meaning Symbiotic Colony Of Bacteria and Yeast. The Scoby can also be referred to as a mushroom or mother. Sounds gross, right? I thought so too.
People have been drinking this stuff for thousands of years. It originated in China before spreading to Russia and then the rest of the world. In China it was said to be “a beverage with magical powers enabling people to live forever”. That could very well be a true statement. After the yeast and culture metabolize most of the sugar, it leaves behind lactic acid, alcohol and B vitamins. Yup, kombucha is slightly boozy. Fermented foods such as kombucha or sauerkraut, have moderate levels of probiotic content so they are amazing for your digestive system. It’s also said to benefit your immune system, improve liver function, and may also give you clearer skin or thicker hair.
Considering kombucha contains very little calories and comes with a possible pile of health benefits, I figured it couldn’t hurt to try it out. I wanted to know what all the hype was about. I bought a few different kinds from my local grocery store and found them to be AMAZING. I kind of had this idea in my head that this fermented tea would be kind of terrible. Don’t smell it though, that could ruin it for you. The slight carbonation makes it feel like you’re drinking a soda without the guilt. LOVE. I don’t drink soda or juice or anything aside from water, coffee and tea (ok, maybe the odd glass of wine or beer too!) but no pop. It’s a great refresher on a hot day and rumor has it can even make a great cocktail addition.
How pretty are these bottles of Rise Kombucha that are in my fridge?
It can be quite pricey to buy at nearly $4 a bottle, but it is actually quite easy to make yourself. I’ve been dabbling in my own home brew and experimenting with different flavours. It’s been a lot of fun! A local business in town has even held a few kombucha making glasses which has the local Twitter scene all a buzz.
If you haven’t tried out this latest wonder drink yet, you better get to your local health food/grocery store and pick some up.