Tuesday's Cupboard—Kombucha!

My favorite refreshing, non-alcoholic drink!  

Okay, it has 0.5 percent alcohol which is a result of the natural fermentation process, but it's not enough to have any effect whatsoever.

Kombucha:  

Kombucha (Russian: chaynyy grib (чайный гриб), Chinese: chájūn (茶菌), Korean: hongchabeoseotcha (홍차버섯차), Japanese: kōcha-kinoko (紅茶キノコ)), is a lightly effervescent fermented drink of sweetened black and/or green tea  --Wikipedia

It has a light fizz, it's full of good stuff (probiotics + aminos + organic acids + electrolytes), and it's super-low in calories (20 calories in a 15.2 ounce bottle of Kevita).

It does contain low levels of caffeine which is a natural component of the black or green tea.  But, the amount of caffeine in a glass of kombucha is 1/2 to 1/3 of the amount found in a cup of the same kind of tea from which it is made.

My favorite flavor is lavender-melon by Kevita.  Steve likes gingerberry made by Synergy (35 calories in a 16-ounce bottle).  Flavors vary depending on the brand.  Our favorites are mildly fruity with a light sweetness.

Lavender-melon kombucha with a slice of Roma apple
SO good!
This drink originated in Manchuria and has been around for a couple of thousand years.  You can find it in the grocery store next to the refrigerated Odwalla-type drinks.  Odwalla is more of a smoothie drink, whereas kombucha is more like a light soda, but not sweet.

Click HERE to find out more about kombucha

My favorite brand and flavor
Stay hydrated and have a healthy week!

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