Fermented Jicama Sticks with Grapefruit

Fermented Jicama sticks with Grapefruit: Feed your Microbiome with Deliciousness

Let me tell you about Fermented Jicama Sticks with Grapefruit. First and foremost they are delicious! Second, jicama itself is packed with prebiotics. Prebiotics feed the good bacteria in your gut. They are just as important, if not more, than probiotics that you have heard to much about. Don’t worry though, we get probiotics too when we lacto-ferment the jicama. It is basically heaven for your gut. You can’t say no to that, right? We all want a happy gut! You know I just can’t resist breaking down the nutritional benefits of this recipe for you, so here we go. Continue reading “Fermented Jicama sticks with Grapefruit: Feed your Microbiome with Deliciousness”

Homemade Yogurt

Homemade Yogurt: So Easy and So Much Better For you!

Why make homemade yogurt?

In short, homemade yogurt is better, both for you and in taste! If you have been reading my blog, you know I harp on quality. When you make your own yogurt, you control the quality of the milk, which is the most important part, as well as the quality of the culture (the beneficial bacteria that you are adding to your yogurt). The length of time of the ferment is also up to your discretion. The longer the ferment, the more probiotics that develop. Another important reason to make your own homemade yogurt is that most store-bought yogurt contains fillers and additives! Yuck! Continue reading “Homemade Yogurt: So Easy and So Much Better For you!”

Kombucha flip top bottle and glass

Kombucha: Health Benefits and Doing a Continuous Brew

My first exposure to Kombucha was about four years ago. A neighbor had gotten a scoby (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast also known as a “mother”) from a cafe owner up the street from us. She fell in love with it and wanted to share, so she brought me a scoby complete with a fermenting jar and hand-written instructions on how to brew it. So awesome! I’m sad to say, that the scoby gave me the creeps. I had never heard about Kombucha, so I didn’t know all the amazing health benefits contained in that weird mushroom-looking thing floating on top of the tea. Continue reading “Kombucha: Health Benefits and Doing a Continuous Brew”

Buckwheat Sourdough Starter

How to Make and Maintain a Buckwheat Sourdough Starter (Gluten-free)

Using a buckwheat sourdough starter gives you a nutritious as well as tasty way to make gluten-free, grain-free breads, pancakes, waffles, tortillas, and many other treats. Once you have made your starter, try my recipe for buckwheat sourdough waffles and pancakes. Or Buckwheat Sourdough Pumpkin Bread. Yum!!

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sourdough starters rising

Sourdough Starter: Obtaining, Maintaining, and Enjoying

Why Sourdough?

Using a sourdough starter allows you to bake without using commercial yeast. Most commercial yeasts are genetically modified. If that isn’t enough to make you want to avoid them, many people unknowingly react to commercial yeasts. (Bioreal has a GMO-free yeast that I use occasionally. Go here to find out what is so bad about GMOs.) The process of fermenting the wheat (or any grain or seed) releases it’s phytates. This makes the vitamins and minerals in wheat much more bio-available (ready for your body to use). Using a sourdough starter gives you a nutritious as well as tasty way to make breads, pancakes, waffles, tortillas, and many other treats. Grains also move from high on the glycemic index to low on the glycemic index by being soured. This means that the natural sugars in the grain are absorbed slowly instead of quickly which keeps your blood sugar off of the roller coaster. Continue reading “Sourdough Starter: Obtaining, Maintaining, and Enjoying”

milk kefir grains

Milk Kefir: The Benefits of Adding it to your Diet

Milk kefir is a staple in our household. It actually has more probiotics than yogurt (even homemade yogurt). It contains beneficial enzymes and yeasts that help with digestion and immunity. Milk kefir is full of healthy fats and bio-available nutrients that your body needs! It has antibacterial properties, can improve bone health, and even lessen allergy symptoms! Are you convinced yet? Continue reading “Milk Kefir: The Benefits of Adding it to your Diet”