I must admit that I have been reading about Kombucha on blogs for the past year or so but I have never had the courage to pick one up at the store for myself. I know people who live on these bad boys and I know people who absolutely hate it and can’t stand it. I had to make an informed decision for myself, so I picked one up the other day.
It looks innocent enough, right?
And who doesn’t like a name like PassionBerry Bliss?
Here are some Kombucha stats from the bottle:
KOMBUCHA (pronounced kom-BOO-cha) is a handmade Chinese tea that is delicately cultured for 30 days. During this time essential nutrients form like: Active Enzymes, Viable Probiotics, Amino Acids, Antioxidents and Polyphenols. All of these combine to crean an elixer that immediately works with the body to restore balance and vitality.
Kombucha supports: digestion, metabolism, immune sysstem, appetite control, weight control, liver function, body alkalinity, anti-aging, cell integrity, healthy skin and hair.
From those stats, this bad boy looks like healthy living in a bottle! Who doesn’t want all of those things?! Sign me up!
Now for the taste test:
I enjoy the pink color, the appetizing name and the pretty bottle. My only cause for concern was this little guy, floating around in the bottle. Do you see it?
Here’s a better picture. Apparently its a lovely chunk of fungi. Now THAT to me is a little scary and intimidating. While drinking I have been making a very conscious effort NOT to swallow that.
Baby steps my friends, baby steps.
The passionberry flavor has little hints of blackberries and other berry flavoring, but I was told before hand that Kombucha tasted like vinegar, and now that is what I really taste. It’s not a bad taste, just very different. I am enjoying it more the more I drink it.
The best part about this experiment was that my local Whole Foods now has these awesome stickers. Apparently if you have never tried a product or brand before and if you tell a Whole Foods Team member, some participating stores will have these stickers that they plop on whatever product you want and then you get to try your first one for free! How awesome is that?
These Kombucha drinks aren’t cheap! They are around $3.00 a bottle in stores, so its nice to know you can try something out without buying it before you even know if you like it!
Does your Whole Foods run this sticker program?
So there you have it. I faced my kombucha fear and enjoyed a nice drink. There are lots of other flavors out there, so I will probably pick up some others and let you know what I think.
Do you have any favorite Kombucha flavors? Are you a Kombucha fan?
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