I’m always fascinated by food and nutrition trends and now that we’re on the cusp of the New Year, I’m really curious to see what changes we see in the health world in the coming year.
As a food blogger and holistic health coach, I think it’s important for me to know what’s happening in the nutrition world, but at the end of my day I’m still going to eat according to what feels right for my body and encourage you to do the same. After all, if we tried to follow every nutrition trend out there, I think we’d all go a little nuts.
I believe in the concept of bioindividuality and that each of us have different bodies so what works well for one person may not work well for another. With the New Year approaching I know there’s a lot of pressure out there to follow a certain diet, buy the new health craze book, or do the juice cleanse. I will always promote eating whole foods, local and organic as much as possible, and loading up your plate with fresh veggies, but I believe it’s up to each of us to make the best choices for ourselves and tune into our bodies to figure out what feels right regarding our food choices.
That being said, I really hope that one of the health trends that takes 2015 by storm is paying more attention to our guts and taking good care of our digestion.
The digestive system is key for breaking foods down and absorbing nutrients. So, if we want to make sure our body is really getting the best nutrition possible, we have to make sure we maintain a happy and healthy digestive system. For example, this might include eating more fermented foods like saurkraut or kimchi, drinking kombucha, or taking probiotics to help maintain healthy bacteria in our guts. I’ve always been a fan of fermented foods andI’ve been doing a lot of fermenting at home the past couple of months and am really excited to share more tutorials with you soon to help you get started with fermenting.
Kombucha is one of my favorite fermented foods. If you’re new to kombucha, kombucha is a fermented tea that tastes a bit tangy. Kombucha can be found at any health food store and comes in a variety of flavors. I know that a lot of folks are intimidated by kombucha so I wanted to create a fun drink to show that kombucha doesn’t have to be a strange healthfood store concoction – it can be a beautiful mocktail too!
This spritzer combines kombucha with fresh sliced fennel, mint, and pomegranate seeds. Whether you’re looking for a fun drink to serve at your next gathering or a helpful digestive tonic, this one is one of my favorites. I used GT’s cranberry kombucha in this recipe, but you can use any kombucha flavor or brand you desire.
Are you a big fan of kombucha? If so, what’s your favorite way to enjoy kombucha?
- ½ cup pomegranate seeds
- 1 fresh fennel bulb, thinly sliced
- 32 oz of kombucha (any flavor)
- Add pomegranate seeds and fennel to kombucha. Serve over ice.