Hey everyone! I am going to share with you something you NEVER thought you needed. Something that seems so farfetched you won’t believe it will be your favorite thing. I’m talking about kombucha. Yes, I repeat, Kombucha. First, let us start with the pronunciation, its kômˈbo͞oCHə. I know what you are thinking. What the? BUT my theory is as long you can read it what does it matter if you say it a little off, lol. Okay let’s get down to business. Why is kombucha so important and healthy for you to drink.
**kombucha is a fermented and sweetened tea often made with black or green tea. It is classified as a functional beverage, meaning that it contains vitamins, amino acids or other nutrients associated with health benefits. Preparing kombucha can vary but generally involves a double fermentation process wherein a SCOBY (a pancake-shaped symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast) is placed in a sweetened tea mixture and left to ferment at room temperature for 1-3 weeks, and then bottled for 1-2 weeks to contain released CO2 and encourage carbonation. From there, kombucha is placed in a refrigerated environment to slow down the carbonation and fermentation processes.**
I first discovered it while at Whole Foods and Aldi’s. I saw people buying it so I had to see what the hype was. My first impression was okay, this is different, but not so bad. Being vegan you grow an acquired taste, so something as new and different as kombucha was, it wasn’t that bad. In my opinion, it taste like sparkling apple cider vinegar lol.
I think the key to finding your kombucha groove is just trying as many flavors as possible. There is bound to be at least one flavor you’ll like. My personal favorite is GTS Synergy Mystic Mango. It’s really delicious and smooth. You really can taste the mango and none of the fermentation flavor. My second favorite is Kevita’s Pineapple Peach. It’s flavorful.
Usually when I drink kombucha, I take some sips throughout the week. Even though some flavors are extremely good, in my opinion kombucha is not something that you just drink straight through. While at the market, I asked a lady about her kombucha purchase and how she drinks it. She told me she drinks half in the morning and the other half at night and it gives her energy.
I thought that was interesting and decided I would try it for the energy aspect. Low and behold it worked! So now every morning that I have kombucha (in my refrigerator) I drink maybe a fourth of the bottle it really does give me an energy boost for about hour or two hours. Just enough to wake me up for teaching! There is a ton of kombucha brands, big and small, that you can try. I recommend going to Whole Foods to choose from a variety to start with. The price range is usually ar
ound $3-$5 per bottle, as I mentioned before you don’t drink it all in one day so it’s worth it.
Let me know what you think once you try it!