I remember the first time I tried G.T.’s Kombucha. It was a surprising discovery of the drink that seems an unlikely hit. It greets you with a sour, vinegary smell, when you first pop the cap and watch the fizz bubble over the mouth of the bottle. The first sip, however, is crisp and lightly sweet. I made my way to the local GreenLife Whole Foods almost every day for weeks to pick up a fresh, cold bottle. I was hooked.
Then, consumer concerns brought the kombucha market to a standstill. All bottles of kombucha, every brand and flavor, were removed from store shelves. The reason? The fermentation process that takes the tea it starts out as to the bubbly elixir it becomes creates traces of alcohol. The actual amount of alcohol isn’t easy to determine because the drink continues to ferment as it awaits consumer purchase on the market shelves. I remember my desperation as kombucha disappeared overnight from every health food grocer I went to.
Months went by before kombucha reappeared on store shelves. With a thrill of excitement, I grabbed a bottle and went to the cashier. She rang it up and I went to sit and enjoy my drink at long last. Regretably, I was very disappointed by the quality of what was once my favorite drink. It was flat and had little flavor, and so I returned to the store to get a refund and to try a different one. When I tried a different flavor, the results were the same, so I just threw that bottle away.
In the meantime, I found Mamma Chia, a drink made with chia seeds that float in the juice. It’s a beverage that you can slowly enjoy as you chew the seeds. The juice was a bit bland, however, and the bottle a bit small for the price, so I rarely purchased it.
G.T.’s Kombucha found a beautiful way to combine the flavor of Kombucha with the interesting — and highly healthful — chia seeds to create Synergy Chia Kombucha. I picked up the Grape Kombucha, and it was pure bliss. The fizz is gone from this variety of kombucha, but the bottle assures that the health benefits are in tact. The 16-ounce bottle makes it a better value than the 10-ounce Mamma Chia at the same price.
Here are some of the healthy benefits of “KombuChia” (As I like to call it):
- Powerful probiotics and antioxdants
- High in dietary fiber
- Low sugar content
- Nutrient-rich, sustained energy
- Loaded with omega-3’s
- Organic and a raw food
And now available at the Chattanooga, Tenn. Whole Foods market.