We focus heavily on our health because, sick or not, animals need feeding and the chores sure don’t do themselves. One of my favorite ways to prevent sickness is an immune-boosting tea. Never fear, this tea is tasty, too. It makes your kitchen smell cinnamon-y, and I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like a good whiff of cinnamon. [by Tammy Trayer]
You make a lot of smoothies. You find yourself loading them up with superfoods. Measure some chia seeds, measure some hemp seeds. Oh, yeah, don’t forget the gelatin and vitamin C! Before you know it, you’ve dipped into half a dozen containers and made a powdery mess on the counter. One day, I had a light bulb moment. Why not make a mix of all the dry superfoods I regularly add to our smoothies? [by Wardee Harmon]
Migraines are no fun. Up until a few years ago I’d never had one. I was thankful because I knew people who were debilitated with them: vomiting, nausea, and the inability to function. And then I got one out of the blue. And another. And another. I was dumbfounded. Why was I getting migraines? And what could I do about it? [by Paula Miller]
When I began to make water kefir, I ran into a problem pretty quickly: what was I going to do with it? All of the probiotic elixir coming out of my kitchen just couldn’t go to waste! At first I mixed the water kefir with freshly-squeezed lemon juice to create lemonade, but soon my family wanted more variety. So… I experimented with tea. [by Katie Baldridge]
This lovely dessert can be prepared in advance, stored in the freezer, and kept on hand for unexpected company or a holiday dinner! In addition to being easy to prepare, this dessert is loaded with all sorts of healthy benefits. Kefir is the result of a very happy relationship between bacteria and yeast (in the water kefir mother culture) that ends up in a delightfully fizzy probiotic beverage that aids in digestion. Not to mention, it’s tasty! What better way to end a festive dinner? [by Jenny Cazzola]
Planning your Thanksgiving menu or a fall menu? Put this simple and fragrant cider on the burner for family or friends to enjoy while you’re visiting. It’s easy and delicious, and especially lovely when you use fresh-pressed apples! Be sure to let me know if you add anything extra special to your spiced cider, beyond the usual cinnamon and nutmeg. Happy Thanksgiving!
I’m back with part 2 of a 3-part series on Real Food Sports Nutrition. Our society completely overhypes the need for processed, plastic-bottled ‘sports drinks.’ Thus, most of us don’t realize we can keep ourselves more than adequately hydrated with simply water or by combining real ingredients like herbal tea, fresh herbs, sea salt, honey, lemon and coconut water. To help you make your own, I’m sharing two real food recipes for delicious and easy homemade sports drinks.
I’ve never really paid much attention to coconuts. After all, I live in Northern California. Coconuts don’t exactly grow around here. I remember my grandfather buying one and cracking it open when I was little. It was a complete novelty. Then came the start of my real food education and my new love for coconuts! Coconut water is one amazing coconut product that has proven to be an extremely pivotal part of the healing journey in our home.