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5 MINUTE FAUX KOMBUCHA
Don't spend exorbitant amounts on kombucha - you can make this 5 minute faux kombucha at home! OACV gives it all the same fermented benefits with no effort.
- 1/3 cup fruit (ie. mango, strawberry, raspberries, etc.)
- 1 tablespoon Pompeian Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
- 12 ounces purified water
Add your fruit and honey to a blender. Blend on high until smooth.
Pour your blended fruit into a jar or glass and top with water and Pompeian Organic Apple Cider Vinegar. Shake vigorously.
Pour over ice and DRINK UP.
Years and years ago my boyfriend at the time (a born and raised LA boy) forced me to try a sip of his kombucha. It’s fermented tea? I asked. Why is it bubbly? Is it carbonated? He said he didn’t know. So I took a sip.
And I HATED it.
I hated that my Southern pallet couldn’t figure out just what was happening in my mouth. It was fizzy, but not carbonated, sour, but kinda sweet. I was hardcore not down.
Cut to years later, I was living in LA and becoming acquainted with the health world of instagram, I was eating as “clean” as possible because mentally I was really unhealthy, and I was comparing my body to that of the #fitspo queens on social media. It was then that I read about the metabolism boosting properties of fermented foods, and how they can heal the lining of your stomach. I read those words and my mind twisted them into *they’ll make you skinny.*
Mind you, I was already drinking a gallon of water a day under the pretense that it was healthy, but the real secret reason was that my twisted mind told me that if I was full from drinking things I would eat less. So I added kombucha to my liquids diet. And I went in hard. At times I drank two a day. I remember googling, “is it possible to drink too much kombucha?” (The answer is… probably. Don’t push the limit. lol.)
Kombucha, if you have never tried it, is fermented tea. It’s usually combined with some sugar and fruit flavor. It’s effervescent (not carbonated), and I have now come around to the belief that it’s delicious. The benefits from kombucha center around the fact that it is fermented. And, yes, fermented foods are great for your digestion and stomach health and immune system and skin.
My version contains Pompeian Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, which is raw and unpasturized. It also contains “the mother” which is like the epicenter of all the enzymes and health benefits of ACV. So you get the same gut-healing, immune-boosting, glowing skin benefits, but you don’t have to go through the process of fermenting your tea. This way you can just blend and go, knowing that you’re getting all the good stuff. Plus you can customize your flavors. I used my favorites (strawberries, raspberries, and mango), but you can go wild. Just know that some fruits will separate a bit more than others. (Don’t worry, just shake it up before you drink it.) This 5-minute faux kombucha won’t be effervescent or bubbly, but it has that same sweet/sour/fruity thing going that makes kombucha so delicious to me.
These days I drink kombucha when my stomach is upset or if I just want a delicious bubbly treat. I’m not obsessive and crazy over my liquids and I appreciate the health benefits but I’m not obsessed. I don’t need to “get skinny” anytime soon. However, kombucha is FRIGGIN EXPENSIVE. It can cost anywhere from $4-$9 a bottle, which is insane. I can’t afford that shit often. So I’m really thankful now to have this alternative with all the flavor and benefits. Now my wallet and my stomach is happy.
No health food is going to solve all of your problems and make you #goals anytime soon. Faux kombucha won’t make you skinnier, or magically heal your skin issues. But it is a really nice thing you can do for your body. And you should. Because your body is special and it deserves the best. xoxo.