Kombucha is a popular fermented tea that is often made into a sparkling drink. With its current popularity, you’ve probably seen at your local health food store and major supermarkets. The traditional way to make kombucha involves a natural fermentation of sweet tea with a live culture. This live culture is known as a SCOBY, which stands for Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast.

Despite a recent boom in popularity, Kombucha isn’t new and it’s certainly not a fad. It is actually believed to have originated approximately 2000 years ago in China. The traditional fermentation process leaves you with a drink that is jam packed with live cultures, tea polyphenols and organic acids, a huge win for your gut health. With the increased diversity of your gut flora, these probiotic bacteria can encourage a healthy gut microbiome which is great for digestion.

Benefits of Kombucha:

Live Cultures

When kombucha is brewed the old school way (kept raw), it contains healthy, living live cultures that are great for our gut health. Live cultures increase the diversity of our gut microbiome, having a positive impact on our digestion and overall gut health. Since our gut health impacts our overall health, this goes on to positively impact our general wellbeing.

Antioxidants

Kombucha contains antioxidants that fight free radicals, protecting your cells. Antioxidants help to decrease inflammation within our body and can even help protect our body’s from certain diseases.

Healthy alternative to soft drink

Unlike your average bottle of soft drink, which can contain up to 16 teaspoons of sugar, a good quality Kombucha contains no added sugar. Instead of consuming a soft drink that’s detrimental to your health, choosing a kombucha also means you get the added health benefits with the same fizzy satisfaction. Our go-to brand is Remedy because they brew their Kombucha in the traditional way, ensuring its jam packed with all the good stuff. With no added sugars and a range of delicious flavours, we can’t go past them!

Try a Kombucha Mocktail

Move over gin and tonic – this is our new favourite summer mocktail.
Prep Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 5 mins
Serves: 1
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Australian
Dietary Requirements: Dairy-Free, Gluten Free, vegan
Author: 28’s Home Nutrition Program (portions based on our Women’s ‘Healthy Weight Maintenance’ Eating Plan)

Ingredients

  • 50 ml Ceder’s Wild Non-Alcoholic Spirit or any non-alcoholic gin alternative
  • 150 ml Remedy Kombucha Wild Berry
  • 1 large ice cube
  • 1/4 lime juiced

To Garnish

  • Fresh berries
  • Edible flowers

Instructions

  • Pour gin into a glass with ice.
  • Top with Remedy Kombucha Wild Berry and a squeeze of lime.
  • Garnish with fresh berries and edible flowers.
Nutrition Facts
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Amount Per Serving
Calories 26.4 Calories from Fat 2
% Daily Value*
Fat 0.2g0%
Saturated Fat 0.1g1%
Sodium 1mg0%
Carbohydrates 2.4g1%
Sugar 2.3g3%
Protein 0.5g1%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

NB: All main course recipes use quantities from the ‘Female Healthy Weight Maintenance’ Stream of the 28 By Sam Wood program. So if you’re a male, feel free to bulk it up.

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Posted by Sam Wood

Father and husband, on a mission to help people move more, eat better and make a positive change to their lives. Sam Wood has over 20 years experience as a personal trainer and is recognised as one of Australia’s leading experts and media commentators in the health & fitness industry. Sam is the founder and personal trainer of 28, Australia’s #1 home fitness and nutrition program, and he's also the proud owner of Australia’s largest personal training studio, The Woodshed, based in Brighton, Melbourne.