Kombucha, a fermented beverage made from sweetened tea, has been around for over 2,000 years and has tremendous health benefits. It contains a colony of bacteria and yeast that, once combined with sugar, causes a fermentation process to occur. After being fermented, the liquid turns into the drinkable carbonated kombucha beverage and is comprised of b-vitamins, enzymes, organic acids (acetic, gluconic and lactic) and probiotics.
This sugar-tea liquid has many beneficial aspects and has been shown to:
You can buy kombucha at the store or make kombucha yourself at home for a fraction of the store bought price. Since it’s simple to make yourself, I recommend you give this a shot yourself!
So, how does one make this delicious and health promoting beverage?
There is a two-part process when making kombucha tea from scratch. First, start by creating a SCOBY (Symbiotic Colony Of Bacteria and Yeast) since the SCOBY "consumes" the sugars in the sweetened tea leaving you with a fermented yummy beverage. Second, create the kombucha tea form your previously homemade SCOBY, and enjoy! Kombucha is usually made with black tea, though it can also be made with green tea too.
Step 1: How to create a SCOBY from scratch
Now that you have created a SCOBY, here are directions for making delicious and health promoting kombucha tea.
Step 2: How to create kombucha tea with your newly homemade SCOBY
These ingredients and instructions are very similar to the “how to create a SCOBY from scratch.” However, there are a few minor adjustments in the ingredients section (as you will be using you very own homemade SCOBY) and in the instructions in #5, #6 and #8.
Flavoring and Bottling Kombucha
When you find the perfect taste, place the kombucha into smaller airtight glass bottles and place in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours to allow it to cool and finish carbonating. After it has cooled, your homemade kombucha is ready to drink.
Since the above recipe is for unflavored (original) kombucha, you can try adding your very own flavors to enhance the fermented tea, such as:
Pour and gently tumble the freshly made juices and allow the flavor to mix for a day or two. Do keep in mind that fruit and other perishable foods will not last as long as the kombucha by itself, so your time to consume these freshly flavored beverages are shortened to about 4-5 days. Unflavored kombucha can last in the refrigerator for months since the colder temperatures slows the fermentation process.
Kombucha, containing so many health benefits, can be made at home for a very low cost and without much effort. It's a fun process that the whole family can be enjoy. What homemade flavor(s) do you and your loved ones like the most?
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While I enjoy celebrations, and I’m a big advocate of setting goals on a regular basis, I’ve found it difficult to get behind the big hype of New Year’s resolutions. Surveys show that most of the individuals who make resolutions are also in the same boat since only 8 percent of those who make resolutions are successful in achieving them.
No matter if you make new years resolutions or not, I feel it is important to recognize the transition period – hasta-luego 2015, hello 2016! – through personal reflection and growth.
Before we completely say goodbye to 2015 and plunge fully into 2016, I like to reflect upon these two specific questions:
I feel reflecting on these questions helps me to celebrate and enjoy my current life, while guiding me toward my vision going forward. I believe answering these questions as they pertain to each of us individually are major contributors to improving relationships, overall happiness and toward the life I want to generate and the world I want to contribute to.
This year I’m grateful for my wonderful family (and soon to be "official" new addition with the love-of-my-life, Will), for my health, for the work that I love doing and thoroughly care about, and for all my local and extended friends, colleagues, readers and clients. This year with our recent move to Washington, D.C. I am looking forward to enjoying the D.C. metro area, fun travels, our wedding celebration and helping more people feel better locally and nationally, helping them reach their personal health and/or performance goals while understanding how lifestyle and nutrition can greatly impact their body.
So, what are you grateful for?
What are you looking forward to in 2016?
Let me know on my Facebook page, I’d love to hear from you.
I hope 2016 brings you safe and joyous times with friends and loved ones!
PS - I've included a yummy and super simple dessert recipe below. If the ingredient list works for you and your digestion, try it out and let me know what you think!
PPS - Wanting new recipe ideas? Follow me on Pinterest for some yummy and creative ideas.
Nutty Coconut Balls
Prep time: 5 minutes
Total time: 5 minutes
Serves: about 12 balls
Hello, my name is Stacy Phillips, licensed Functional Nutritionist and Holistic Health, Wellness and Strength & Conditioning Coach with a MS in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine practicing whole-foods nutrition and physical training to individuals around the globe.
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