Do you Kombucha?

I do- but only recently. As a matter of fact, I have a funny story about it. Long before I had ever heard of Kombucha (or seen it on other blogs) Isaac purchased one from our local natural market. He’s always trying new specialty drinks so it was not unusual that he came out with a new drink to try. I’m pretty certain he thought it was a tea. While still in the parking lot, he took one sip and made one of the worst faces ever, which was coincidentally very similar to the face I make when I taste whiskey.

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He let me taste it and I wasn’t impressed either. The funny part (besides the above picture of me camping during college) is that he went back inside the store and proceeded to tell the customer service personnel that the drink must have gone bad as it tasted just like vinegar. They were like yes we know… that’s how it’s supposed to taste, but we’ll let you return it.

So that was my first experience with Kombucha. I had no idea what it was or what the benefits were, but I knew the flavor we tried (which I can’t recall) tasted awful. After seeing it pop up on blog after blog and finding out what the benefits were from my Kombucha making friend, Gina, I finally decided to give it another go. At Whole Food’s on Monday evening I contemplated purchasing a SYNERGY Gingerberry. I was quite indecisive about it- and for good reason, the first time I had it, it tasted like bad wine. Not to mention it’s expensive. After much thought I sucked it up and paid the $3.60.

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It just so happened that I went back to the same local natural market for lunch yesterday with my company’s marketing dept and I decided to try another Synergy flavor. This time I wasn’t paying. :)

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So what are my thoughts??? Since I have yet to try the 100% Kombucha drinks that Millennium produces I can only give my opinion on the SYNERGY flavors I have tried – and I have to admit that I really liked both of them! The SYNERGY is 95% Kombucha with 5% fruit juice- it does still smell/taste like vinegar and have an interesting flavor, but with all the health benefits I can’t not like it. It claims on the bottle to support digestion, metabolism, immune system, appetite control, weight control, liver function, body alkalinity, anti-aging, cell integrity, and healthy skin & hair. And to be honest I’ve found that I really like the taste now that I’m used to it, the drinks were really filling, and they’re an awesome dairy free source of probiotics.

What’s your opinion? Have you tried Kombucha? Is it a do or a don’t in your book?

Another blog trend that I put to the test for the first time this week was the oatmeal in a jar idea. I’m not certain which blogger was the first to come up with this little trick, but I need to say thanks to her (or him!) because it was simply amazing!!

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This jar had about 1-1/2 tbsps of better n’ pb left , so it was the perfect opportunity to put the oatmeal in a jar to the test.

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I put my normal mixture of oatmeal, oatbran, and 1/2 a banana with cinnamon in the jar and topped it with some of my naked trail mix. As expected, it was delicious- I loved the fact that almost every bite had a bit of nut butter. Now I just have to wait for another jar to get to the bottom so I can do it again…. hmm… that shouldn’t be too hard. :)

Have you all tried this little trick? What other food blog trends have you tried? Did you end up loving or hating them?

I hope everyone has a fabulous Thursday. I know I will as my mom is coming into town tonight for dinner and possibly staying the night. I can’t wait to see her!

- Brittany

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Comments

  1. The breakfast cookie ala Gina!!! I really like it :)

  2. The first time I tried Kombuca, I thought it was bad, too. I was so shocked that it tasted like vinegar because so many bloggers were raving about it. Now, they are kind of growing on me.

  3. I am a kombucha junkie! I love strawberry, grape and trilogy (lemon, ginger and raspberry juice). My husband makes that face when he tries them! Haha!

  4. I am OBSESSED with the stuff. I’d drink it everyday if it weren’t so expensive! I think it’s definitely an acquired taste, GingerBerry is actually my favorite flavor, but I really like all of them, actually! The Trilogy flavor is great too. I think there’s something in it that makes your legs feel good. I know that’s like the weirdest thing you’ve ever heard, but I just sit on my couch, sip it slowly, and wait for my legs to get this warm, tingly feeling. It’s magic! Now I’m sounding crazy, but seriously, I love the stuff.

  5. Love that face you made.lol It’s always fun getting down to the last drop og PB or AB & filling the jar with oats and other goodies.

  6. I haven’t tried Kombucha yet- I just can’t shell out that kind of $ for it!

    I LOVE nut butter jar oatmeal :) so, so good.

  7. I love oatmeal in a jar. Another popular blog thing I’ve fallen in love with is “crack wraps” – very tasty.

  8. I love Kombucha! It is pretty much my go-to drink whenever i feel icky, crappy, bloated, grouchy hungover anything…its amazing and my favorite flavor is the guava goddess but you should try the grape too! love your website :)

  9. I recently tried Kombucha for the first time. It was….ok. It wasn’t awful, but I wasn’t in love. For me, if I want to try to get some probiotics in my vegan diet, lately I’ve been using the Good Belly products – much cheaper per saving, don’t smell like vinegar, and they taste really good. :)

  10. I’ve only tried Kombucha once. It was a Synergy Passionberry Bliss. I took a big sip when I opened it, thinking it’d taste like herbal tea blends I’d had before. Come to find out, it didn’t taste like tea at all–I almost spewed it out all over the place! LOL

    It was the strangest thing I’ve ever tasted… I was surprised I felt the way I did by the end of that bottle! ;-)

    I blogged about it here.

    *smiles*
    Michele

  11. I really LOVE kombucha–I think it’s the fizzy that lures me in. I highly recommend the Divine Grape flavor!

  12. It’s very inexpensive to make it at home. Five teabags and a cup of sugar per gallon works out to roughly five cents per 8 oz.

  13. Oh how cute is that picture? I love it :) Well, you know I enjoy the Kombucha. Except the multi green flavor! Siiiccccckkkkk

  14. I love Kombucha. So pricey tho. I enjoy the cosmo cranberry and strawberry serenity. I have yet to try their 10% Kambucha ones. I actually like the vinegar taste.

  15. I’ve never tried kombucha myself. The only ones I’ve seen here in Canada don’t come in fruity flavours like those Synergy drinks you have in the US, so knowing how vinegary it’s supposed to taste, I’m sort of afraid to try the other less flavoured ones, especially when they are pricey. I can think of plenty of other healthy foods that I would spend my dollar on instead.

    One blog trend I tried but never really enjoyed was the green monster. I appreciate the idea behind it, but I’d rather just eat my veggies as is, and leave my smoothies to fruits.

  16. Hello! I wasn’t sure if they sold the kombucha-stuff in Canada, but it seems like they do! I want to give it a try – even though it is pretty expensive..like seriously;; haha
    Do you know if they have them in Choices Markets in Vancouver?

    • Hi Stephanie,

      Honestly I don’t know if they sell Kombucha at the Choices Markets in Vancouver. I did a little internet research and from what I can tell the two companies that I know of Katalyst Kombucha and Millennium – Synergy don’t yet distribute to Canada. Sorry I can’t be of more help!

  17. I can’t get enough Kombucha! I’ve yet to brew my own, but I work at a cafe that sells it so I drink it all the time. Strawberry is my favorite, but the botanic line is good, too! #7 is awesome.

  18. I have never heard of Kombucha and I admit I’m kinda scared to try it. But I love the oatmeal in a jar idea. *lol*

  19. THANK YOU for having a “wtf is Kombucha” post! I have been asking people on blogs and in comments “what the heck is Kombucha and why is it so awesome?” and no one has answered me yet! Now, I will try it haha.

  20. I never used to like Kombucha before I knew too much about it and now I love it!

    Side note: I did the exact same thing with my jar of peanut butter the other morning! ;)

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