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Life, Homemade Kombucha and a GIVEAWAY!

Posted on July 6th, 2012  |  No Comments

THANK YOU to everyone who entered the Giveaway!

The Winner is: Amanda July 9, 2012 at 9:41 am  (Edit)

I’ve been wanting to try coconut nectar! I’m thinking it would be great in iced tea or as an alternative to maple syrup on pancakes. I’d love to try using it in granola bars or other baked goods too. :)

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Congrats Amanda! Please email me your address and I’ll get it shipped out to you right away!


Life sure is busy. I know they tell us when we’re younger that we’ll never have this freedom and time again- but I didn’t quite get it.

I get it now.

What they shoulda said was, when you get older time moves at warp speed, there’s never enough of it, you’ll constantly be doing things and never getting anything done, oh and yeah, opening the mail isn’t so cool. That pretty much sums up my past few months.

But lets focus on the good of growing up.

You get to drink fun drinks. Like the minimal alcohol containing kombucha, and, if you’re really cool, you can make it yo-self.

I am obsessed. Finished the first batch in record time, mainly in the form of the drink below- another perk of being an adult – and have 2 brewing as I type. I really have to hand it to Alex for this one, she broke down the steps perfectly and even answered my many questions ’cause apparently I don’t read well. And the results were amazing! I will never by store bought again (unless I’m outta town and need a fix, but we get a free pass on that one, right?)

I’ve been playing around with gluten free baking, and am totally loving the results. Initiated by a few dietary restricted friends, I like the versatility I’m finding with some of my old recipes, just a quick flour substitution and we’re good to go. Who knew?

I’ve also pretty much switched from all things sugar to coconut nectar sugar. I know I’ve mentioned it a few times, but let me give a better run down for you on this here sweet product.

1. It’s a low glycemic index food, meaning, when you eat it, your blood sugar doesn’t spike as high as with other sweets. Normally, when you eat sugar, even the kind that you naturally find in fruits and vegetables, the sugar enters the bloodstream and your body releases insulin to grab the sugar and bring it into your cells to be used a fuel. All the excess sugar, that isn’t needed for fuel, is converted into fat. Yeah, FAT! And if you constantly overload your blood with sugar, insulin starts to lose it’s sensitivity, as in it gets used to this overloaded state, so it doesn’t pick up as much sugar from your blood, resulting in even more excess sugar—> which, again, gets converted to fat. Soooo, low glycemic index foods, don’t spike your blood sugar (as much), don’t overload your cells with excess sugar, and therefore, you won’t be making fat from that excess sugar. All good things.

2. It’s substitute-able for sugar and brown sugar, in fact I cut out both and replaced it with dark coconut nectar in this bread and these pizza/cookies and eaters were none the wiser. Maybe this won’t fly with you expert bakers, though I dare you to try, but I’m a fan of one product rather than two, and I like how well it creams with butter. Hey, I said I’m switching from sugar, not butter, let’s make that clear.

3. It tastes great! Non-dectectable in my coffee, and I use less. I used it to make my kombucha, and it’s seriously the best kombucha I’ve had, flavored or not! (I also used Whole Foods brand Yerba Mate Green Tea to brew, which is the only tea I’ve ever been able to drink straight up, sugar and lemon free, and I enjoy it… so you can imagine how good it is with some sweetness.)

ALSO, becuase I love this stuff SO much and I REALLY want others to join in on the fun, I’m giving away one bottle to a lucky random reader. All you have to do is leave a comment telling me what you are going to make with the coconut nectar sugar!

How to enter: Do one or all the following, each one is an extra entry so make sure you comment once for each one you do!

1. Leave a comment telling me what you’re going to make with the coconut nectar sugar.

2. Follow me on twitter

3. Like me on facebook

4. Follow me on pinterest

5. Follow me on instagram

Sorry, giveaway open to U.S. residents only. Thank you!

The giveaway will end next Friday, July 12th at 11:59pm PST, so enter some time between now and then! I’ll pick a random winner and announce the winner on Friday, July 13th!!


Happy Friday! Enjoy yourself some post 4th of July fun and this spectacular summer sweet tea drink!


What’s the best thing you ate onthe 4th? 

Kombucha Cocktail

by The Talking Kitchen

Prep Time: 1-2 minute

Ingredients (1 serving)

  • 1 part gin/vodka
  • 2 parts kombucha
  • squeeze lemon
  • ice


Combine and stir.


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