Hey there Mama, would you like a cup of a little something, something that’s been marinating in just a wee bit of bacteria and yeast for a while? No, I’m not talking about the cup of tea you left on the kitchen bench that you found a week later in summer. I’m talking the latest buzz drink for health enthusiasts – kombucha.
Ok, so here’s the thing – lots of things in life are good for you and taste bad. And there there’s things that are bad for you, and taste good. And there’s things that are good for you and TASTE GOOD. Apparently MOJO Kombucha is one of those things.
So, what the heck is Kombucha, anyway?
Turns out kombucha is a fermented, sparkling tea full of active enzymes, organic acids and proven probiotics that offers a range of health benefits, including gut health, vitamin B12 and immune support. So, here we establish it’s good for you. But what does it TASTE LIKE?
Kind of like a snazzy Yakult but less milky and more thirst quenching, MOJO Kombucha has no added sugar (it is only used at start of the ferment to feed the culture), it’s a living product (not in an Alien kind of way, but think full of living healthy yeast and bacteria doing backstroke in your beveage), is certified organic, vegan- friendly and gluten-free.
MOJO Kombucha comes in a bunch of yummy flavours including ginger, turmeric, blueberry + ginger, lemon citris, rasberry passion, peppermint greens, strawberry hibiscus and perfect passion fruit.
But the jury is still out on the taste.
We want you to test-drive this one for us and let us know what you think of MOJO Kombucha. To win some, tell us below what choice of flavour you’re crushing on, and why you’d benefit from drinking this rather dubious beverage.
*Disclaimer – winner will receive a month of MOJO, one a day, every day totaling 3 dozen. Delivery would need to be in metropolitan areas, and be able to be received personally, as the product must remain refrigerated.
For most of us, mindfulness comes too late in life and often after times get tough. Yet with anxiety and depression sky-rocketing, it’s important to teach kids the tools early in life to deal with what life may throw at them.
That’s why we love the work Leah Chandler from Kids-Fit Australia is doing in helping both parents and kids to chill the hell out.
Without being a total hipster, kale drinking Bondi-dwelling wanker, put your Skinny Bitch down and get a big fat cup of zen into you and the kids with a few basic, starter tips from Leah below.
1. When you wake up – be on your own and for 2 minutes – lie or sit down and close your eyes and focus on breathing slowly in and out and from the bottom of your belly. Pay attention to how your body and mind are feeling today.
2. Each day, write a list of 5 things that you are grateful for and then close your eyes and imagine each one and why you are grateful for it.
3. Eat slowly and focus on taste, texture and savour your food. Try this at least once a day to practice mindful eating, which means you will be more aware of what you are eating and why!
4. Take 3 mindful breaths before doing homework, tests, participating in competitions or feeling stressed at school. Breathe in and out slowly and breath from the bottom of the belly. This will help your nerves and you will become more focused.
5. Have a few minutes to yourself each day, especially when you feel tired or overloaded. Go for a walk through a garden or park (always take a parent or big sibling with you so they can help you stay safe, even if they sit away from you). Or just hang out in your room or the backyard and relax and breathe. It is a great way to bring your mind and body back to calm state, especially after a big day at school.
If these help you then maybe you can teach a friend and their kids to be mindful too! Peace.
For more on Leah, check out her website here www.kidsfitaustralia.com
Social Media – #kidsfitaust
There are just some things I don’t enjoy about being a Mum. I’ve often lamented I’m not a park Mum. I freely admit it – I freaking hate the park. I just don’t dig standing there watching kids play, whine, hurt themselves and then willingly go back for more the next day. What’s so fun about that?
I equally loathe getting down and playing with Lego or its big brother, Duplo. And I’m sorry, but I cannot feign even the slightest interest in imaginary role play. Ditto ball-sports.
But activities I do love sharing with my kids include going to the beach or the pool, reading books, playing board games and above all , baking. I really, really love baking. I’m talking sign me in and fire up the oven to 160 degrees for anything scone, cake, biscuit, icing or sprinkle related and let’s all drop it like it’s hot, my friend.
Having said this, baking with kids nowadays is a health minefield. What with ingredients including everything we are told to avoid at all costs for optimum wellbeing – think refined sugar, white flour, gluten, artificial colours and flavours – we’re talking pretty much serving up a mix of bakery treats that induce tantrums and all-nighters at best, cavities or diabetes at worst.
That’s is why we are loving Sugar free pioneer Carolyn Hartz. A pinch of Nigella meets a tablespoon of Sarah Wilson, her new book Sugar Free Baking allows you have your cake and eat it, too.
Carolyn was educating herself about sugar well before Sarah Wilson moved to Bondi and started drinking kale shakes after a pre-diabetic diagnosis over 28 years ago. Yet with even the healthiest of foodie bloggers succumbing to “hidden sugars” labelled as a healthy sugar alternative, Carolyn recognised the reality is that living a sugar-free life can harder than deciding which salad you want at About Life – ironically she craved, you guessed it, sugar. And so she penned “Sugar Free Baking” so your sweet tooth can be satisfied without sacrificing your kids, your own wellbeing or your thigh gap.
The recipes include such healthy (no, really!) treats as Chocolate Panna Cotta, Rich Chocolate Tart, Fig and Cashew Energy Balls, Marbled Bundt Cake and our all time favorite bakery treats – Butterfly Cupcakes.
The good news is the recipes are easy to make and all ingredients used you can easily find (without having to trek the Himalayas) in your local IGA. This book is no fuss and no sugar.
SUGAR FREE BAKING BY CAROLYN HARTZ CAN BE PURCHASED HERE: or for two lucky MotherDriven members we have a copy up for grabs.
Just tell us your ultimate sugar craving in the comment box to be in the running.