So I have been awful at keeping up with my blog lately – silly work and school keep getting in the way of what’s really important – sharing vegan things and cute pictures of my ferrets with you! Since I’m sure you’re all in ferret withdrawal, I’ll share a cute pic before I get started:Okay, now that we all feel much better after seeing that adorable little guy, we can talk about some delicious vegan health drinks I’ve discovered recently and the amazing health benefits!
First up – Kombucha – what a drink! I am seriously obsessed with these drinks. I’ve probably had at least 7 by now and I only discovered them last weekend! The only downside to these drinks is they can be a little expensive – usually about $4.00 per bottle. However, the health benefits and the delicious carbonated taste are worth it. It’s possible to make your own Kombucha too, which I think I’m going to try once the 4-8 dollars per day catches up to me. 🙂
My boyfriend and I have been trying to cut out the weeknight beer or two that we use to de-stress, so I’ve been drinking Kombucha instead. It gives me the same satisfaction of taking a sip of beer. The carbonation and fermented flavor gives it a similar taste without producing any kind of buzz. Kombucha increases gut health, aids digestion, and can help with weight loss and mood stability. There are claims that it also helps to ward off cancer and heart-disease, but I don’t think the scientific evidence is there to back that up. Whatever the case, it’s certainly a good replacement for beer or soda if you’re trying to cut down on your alcohol or sugary drink consumption. So far, I’ve noticed that it definitely has helped with my digestion and I feel like my energy level is higher (though that may be just from the absence of that weeknight beer 🙂 ).
You can’t find Kombucha everywhere, but they carry it at Kings, Whole Foods and most health stores. If you’re in the North Jersey area, they have it at Grassroots (Denville) and Green Life Market (Andover, Butler, Morristown). I think I’ve heard that they carry it at some ShopRites and Stop and Shops now too.
Kevita‘s one of my favorite brands. They have so many flavors and they are all delicious so far! I love the Mango Habanero and Tart Cherry. Health-Ade is great too! My favorite of theirs is Pink Lady Apple.
My other favorite recent discovery is Rebbl‘s maca Cold-Brew. I found this drink at Kings but they also have these at Whole Foods and other health food markets. At first the drink had a strange taste, but before the end of the drink, I had fallen in love with it! Maca has many health benefits – it’s a natural energy booster, helps with memory and mood, and is filled with amino acids. It also acts as a natural antioxidant.
So the last brand of drinks I’m going to talk about may not have as many health benefits as the maca root drink and the Kombucha, but they are soooo delicious and of course, vegan. Califia Farms’ Cold Brew Coffees are to die for. They come in eight different flavors ranging from Espresso to my personal favorite, Salted Caramel. We found these drinks at Kings, but they can also be found at Whole Foods, ShopRite, Acme, even Target! It looks like these are pretty easy to find no matter where you live, so definitely check them out! The Salted Caramel and Mocha Mexica taste like milkshakes! So yummy.
Enjoy trying these drinks! I’ll (hopefully) see you next week!