While we’re talking about increasing our water intake, one could say, “man does not live on water alone.” A slight adaptation that is partially true. Sure, the body is composed of 60% (or more) of water. Yes, drinking water is important to staying hydrated. And, yes, many alternative liquids (such as sodas and sports drinks) do not add anything nutritionally, but may even negatively impact your health. BUT, that’s not to say that water is the ONLY healthy choice for imbibing.
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Two wonderfully healthy alternatives to spice up your drinking habits are bone broth and kombucha. Sound strange? Maybe it is because the average person thinks broth is something you only cook with and has never heard of that other k-something drink. All while the average person is slugging back sugar-laden sodas laced with chemicals. But I’m here to tell you that bone broth and kombucha (check this out for various ways to pronounce it) are tasty to drink and hearty additives to your liquid nutritional arsenal.
First, bone broth sounds mysterious and slightly creepy. Simply put, it is the bones, fat, and leftover meat of your roasted chicken or other meat simmered in water for an extended period of time, i.e. 24 hours. I keep my chicken carcasses in the freezer until I have three or four and then do a large batch of broth in an electric roaster. You can purchase beef bones from a butcher or meat processor for beef broth. It’s crazy easy and very nutritious as the long simmer leaches minerals from the bones. I also add vegetables (onions, carrots, celery, etc.) to my water to increase the nutritional content. I’ll do an informational post on making your own bone broth sometime, but you can google it and find a gazillion ways to do it, as well.
Suffice it to say that bone broth is for more than just cooking. Drinking a cup of bone broth a day counts toward your water consumption goal and packs a wallop of minerals to your diet. It’s a soothing drink when you’re sick and even when you’re not.
Now, on to that foreign-sounding drink, kombucha, a “lightly effervescent sweetened black or green tea drink.” That clears it right up. You might hear it called a brew, and it is, in fact, brewed in the way. The starter liquid contains a crazy amount of sugar dissolved in a strong tea (I use black, but you can use green, as well). The starter liquid is added to feed a SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast). Stay with me here; it’s not as gross as it sounds. The end result is not a high sugar or caloric drink, but a fermented drink (not really alcoholic, think more like sauerkraut-type fermented). From there, it can be flavored, which is what I love. I add ginger, pineapple juice, and various fruit, such as strawberry to the liquid after what’s called the first ferment of two weeks, give or take, and let it ferment another week. I end up with a fizzy, sweet/tart drink that we all love.
Tagged “the immortal health elixir”, kombucha is a probiotic drink that can also count toward your water consumption goal. I wouldn’t go so far as to claim it as immortal, but we drink it for the probiotic and enzyme properties and to give some fizz to our drink options since we steer clear of sodas.
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