Product of the week - Kombucha

Kombucha is a fermented drink that's full of probiotic goodness, perfect for restoring and maintaining a health gut flora. 

Just quickly... a well balanced gut flora means a health digestive system, immune system, improved mood, easier weight management and over all good functioning of the body.

So it's made by adding a SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeasts) to brewed green or black tea. Sugar is also added as culture food. This is left to ferment for 10-14 days which results in your probiotic beverage. Most of the time, you'll put it through a second ferment where flavours, usually spices and fruits, are added, and it's left to carbonate with the lid on. The end result is a delicious fizzy drink teaming with good bacteria. 

You can buy a scoby online or get on off someone in your local community (just do a Facebook shout out and someone will know what you're talking about) and make it yourself. OR you can buy it already made in many health food stores and cafes now. When making it yourself, do a bit of reading up first, watching YouTube videos are great!

I love love love doing workshops on fermented products. Keep your eyes peels for my new workshop timetable coming out really soon because I'll definitely be doing one on kombucha and other fermented drinks.  

Some popular brands include Mojo, Remedy, Kombucha Max, The Good Brew, but they're loads more.  Here in Ballarat you'll find it at Go Vita, Boah Organic, The Paleo Cafe and Wilson's Fruit and Veg. 

Have you tried kombucha? Do you make it yourself? What's your favourite brand? and your favourite flavour? I'd love to know.

Hayley xoxo

Product of the week - Milk Kefir!

Milk what? Yeah I know, it sounds weird. Most people may not have heard of this strange but amazing food. So let me tell you a little bit about it.

Milk Kefir is a wonderful probiotic drink made with kefir grains (the culture) and milk! It can also be made with coconut milk. It's kind of like yoghurt but more runny, has a slightly different flavour and has different strain of beneficial bacteria. Having different strains means it has different therapeutic qualities. 

What's it good for? It's really good for rebalancing and maintaining a healthy gut because it contains about 30 different strains of beneficial bacteria, which is way more than yoghurt! It also contains decent amounts of calcium, Vitamins B2, B12, D and Phosphorus. You should have a variety of probiotic foods and drinks in your diet to have the right balance of good bugs supporting you.

How do you use it? You can drink it or mix it with your granola, althought, it can be fairly runny. I usually just add a few tablespoons to my morning smoothie. Remember, start off with a small amount, like 1 tbsp per day, working your way up to as much as you like over a few weeks.  

Where do you get it? I love the Blue Bay one which I get that from my local Go Vita store. Most health food shops should have it. Alternatively, you can purchase some milk kefir grains off the internet and try making some yourself! It's really easy.  

Hayley xoxo