Elaine Javier

Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Access Bars Practitioner, and Catholic Homeschooling Mom and Blogger

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Ditch the Soda

As a child I spent a lot of time in my parents' beauty salon.  My mom used to work from 9 in the morning to 9 at night.  Being so busy with her business, she would skip breakfast and lunch.  When she needed some refreshment she would ask me to get her a can of Coke from the refrigerator.  I would count the number of cans she would drink.  The most was four a day.  

Years later my mom developed type 2 diabetes.  These days she takes her prescription medications and watches what she eats.  

I'm proposing that we stop the madness with sugar.  It's one of the most addictive sweeteners that's causing massive havoc with people's health these days.  Studies have shown over and over again that sugar is not good for us.  It causes unnecessary weight gain, dangerous sugar spikes, and diabetes to name just a few health concerns.

Let's ditch the soda, mass produced candies, sweets, and factory foods once and for all.  Let's try a beverage that still gives you the pep people look for.  Kombucha is the best drink to replace soda and even wine or champagne if you are looking to cut down on alcohol consumption.  Kombucha is a very good probiotic to help repair the gut.  A lot of people suffer from gastro problems.  This stuff can help prevent that.  Kombucha is a fermented tea that comes in an amazing assortment of flavors.  Personally I love Gingerade and Gingerberry by GT's Kombucha.  It's perfect anytime of the year especially that the weather is warming up.  If you don't know the story of how GT's Kombucha came about, you should read about it here.  GT's mom is a cancer survivor and credits her successful remission to drinking kombucha every day.  I love these kind of stories that give hope.

I recently introduced kombucha to my dad.  He's been a diet and regular Coke fan since he was a kid.  He can't help it.  He's loves sweets -- donuts, cookies, ice cream.  He first tried the Gingerade flavor but didn't like it too much.  It must not have been sweet enough for him.  But he tried the Gingerberry and loved it.  I think I've gotten him hooked!  Success, yes! 

I like to drink about a cup and a half every day; sometimes more if I'm feeling under the weather.  Kombucha needs to stay chilled or it will spoil.  Most grocery stores carry it.  Look at the chilled drinks section or even the organic section of your local grocer.  Kombucha is one of the best drinks you can feed your body so I would definitely stack up on them and get rid of the soda and other sugary drinks.

Here is a cranberry apple shake that uses a little bit of kombucha.  It's a nice change from other kinds of fruity shakes.  Try it and enjoy!  My little boy had one this morning and gave me a nice big smile.  :)


Cranberry Apple Shake


1 cup almond milk

1/4 cup coconut water

1/4 cup frozen cranberries

A half of an organic apple peeled and cored (use a frozen apple half if you want your shake cold)

1/4 tsp organic pure vanilla extract

1 tsp organic cinnamon

1 tbsp coconut sugar

A splash or two of Gingerberry Kombucha or any flavor

4 ice cubes

1 to 2 tbsp organic apple butter (use more if you like sweet shakes)

2 tsp ground flaxseed meal

1 scoop protein powder



Blend all ingredients in a blender.  Serve and enjoy!

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