Unfortunately, my little man is still ill, and my house is probably crawling with sick kid germs. As a result, there has been a lot of orange juice guzzling, green consuming and probiotic taking in this household (my non-vegan hubby and son like dairy products fortified with good bacteria, while I take a dairy-free supplement by Country Life).
Speaking of probiotics, my favorite way to get them is in kombucha. I haven't made it myself, yet, but I really like to drink a flavored G.T.'s Kombucha (the bottle says it has 1 billion organisms of lactobacillus bacterium and s. boulardii) once and a while. I usually buy Strawberry Serenity, but I haven't found a flavor I didn't like. You can also get it without any added fruit puree/juice.
According to my bottle of deliciousness, "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, Antioxidants and Polyphenols. All of these combine to create an elixir that immediately works with the body to restore balance and vitality."
It claims to support digestion, metabolism, immune system (what I really need right now, which is why I popped one open today), appetite control, weight control, liver function, body alkalinity, anti-aging, cell integrity and healthy skin and hair; sounds like a miracle drink.
Rawbin, this is the fermented beverage I've been telling you about. I buy mine at Whole Foods, and although it contains a trace amount of alcohol (less than 0.5%), you can buy it right out of the refrigerated section. You probably won't even notice it's slight alcohol content, unless you are like me and don't drink; I find it sometimes gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling.
This morning, I added about a cup of it to my green smoothie for an extra immunity boast. I also used kale, my usual probiotic, wheat grass, spirulina, cilantro, cocoa powder, maca (I really needed the energy after the last few nights), lucuma, coconut butter, sea salt, cinnamon, cayenne pepper (I love it when it's cold), banana and strawberries. Yummy!
Well, my son must be feeling a little better, since he is rocking out to Guitar Hero. Take it easy little man; don't overdo it.