Since St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, it is the perfect time to try making home made saurkraut. Not only is it fun and easy to make, it is filled with probiotics, which are important to keep our bodies healthy. Much of our immune system is in our gut, and healthy bacteria in the form of probiotics help to keep the good flora of bacteria in our gut at a good count. Although you can take probiotics in the form of pills, it is also beneficial to add them to your diet in the form of fermented foods. Home made sauerkraut is an easy way to get these good probiotics, plus it is satisfying knowing you made it yourself! It is fairly easy to make, and it keeps well in the fridge for a few months. I like to add it to my salads as a tangy topper, but you can also use it in sandwiches, or just as a side dish.
If you are looking for a new way to enjoy broccoli, give this salad a try! It has a creamy peanut dressing with a little bit of a kick, crunchy peanuts and colorful carrots and red bell pepper. It is easy to make and so good! Perfect for making ahead of time to use in lunches!
Since it is prime apple season, I decided that some apple kombucha would be wonderful! What is kombucha you may ask? Kombucha is a fermented probiotic beverage that aids in digestion and gut health among other benefits such as detoxification of the body. It is delicious, and you can buy the popular GT brand or others like it at Fresh and Natural Foods. You may even already enjoy it and know how tasty and helpful it is, but did you know it is fairly easy to make at home? I was buying it every day; I realized I could make it myself and now have some kombucha in my fridge at all times. The process is like this:
- You take a scoby (or the mother which ferments the tea and sugar you add to it to produce the drink), add it to a tea and sugar mixture along with some starter kombucha liquid and water. Then let it sit and ferment for a week until a new scoby is produced and the sugar has been used up (so no need to worry about the sugar content in this, it is food for the scoby) and the mixture is slightly tart. It is then bottled (or jarred, I use large mason jars) and allowed to become fizzy (which takes about 3 days).
You then can enjoy tasty kombucha, and your tummy will thank you! Once you get the hang of making it, you can even make fun flavors which are added after the fermentation and when it is bottled. If you have any questions about the kombucha making process feel free to comment!
These crackers are not only delicious but healthy as well! They are loaded with heart healthy omega 3 rich seeds, as well as fiber and they are the perfect thing to serve with hummus, on the side of a soup, or just for snacking! They are made in the dehydrator, but if you don’t own one, you can bake them in the oven at a very low temperature with good results as well. I like to keep a container of these on hand at all times!
Popsicles are the perfect thing to cool off with on a hot Summer day! Although you can buy them already made, many of the commercially made ones have refined sugars, flavors and colors so I like to make my own. These blackberry apricot popsicles are not only healthy and filled with nutrients since they contain real fruit, they are easy to make and delicious as well! If you would like to use stevia to taste instead of the maple syrup, that is also another option.
If you are looking for a fresh, new salsa to serve at your 4th of July BBQ, I have the perfect recipe for you! This raspberry salsa is not only delicious and easy to make, but packed with nutrients. Raspberries are at their best and most flavorful this time of year in Minnesota, so I am taking full advantage of that and enjoying them as much as I can. This salsa is a little spicy, but if you prefer it to be less spicy, cut down on the amount of jalapeno, and remove the seeds before chopping. This is wonderful served over grilled tofu or as a topping for tacos, or of course with organic corn tortilla chips!
If you are looking for a fast, fresh salad featuring fruit to serve at your next BBQ, such as a 4th of July celebration, this one would be perfect! It is light and healthy to balance out all of the other rich foods you may be serving, it is packed with nutrients, and super simple and easy to make! I always love taking advantage of when fresh summer fruits are in season!
For those who are allergic to dairy or just trying to cut back on it for health reasons, nut milk can be an essential part of your shopping list. Although there are many delicious varieties at the store, I like to make my own to make sure there are no refined sugars, additives or thickening agents. It is quick and easy to make your own at home if you have a blender! The recipe I am sharing with you today if for brazil nut milk. Almond milk and cashew milk may be the most common but brazil nuts make great milk too! Brazil nuts are high in selenium, iron, calcium, magnesium, and potassium, all important for your body to function well. This milk has only 5 ingredients, and I use dates to sweeten it, which not only add sweetness but also fiber as well (if you don’t strain it, as I usually don’t). This is good on cereal, or to drink, or in your morning coffee!
People often times don’t think of eating raw vegetables in the Winter, but it is still good to eat them once and a while because they are packed with nutrients that our bodies need. I like to still try to use vegetables that are in season, so heartier greens like brussels sprouts and bok choy are perfect! And those are what I have used in the salad I am sharing with you today. I combine them with an Asian citrus vinaigrette, orange slices and sesame seeds, and it is healthy, refreshing and delicious! This is perfect to make ahead of time for including in lunches too, because it is even better the next day when the flavors have combined.
If you are looking for a quick way to get vitamins in, fresh veggie juice is a great way to do so. It may sound like something that would taste not so good, but it is actually quite delicious when you use the right combination of ingredients! The recipe I am sharing with you today contains broccoli which is rich in vitamins K and C, potassium and folic acid, as well as celery which reduces bloating and improves digestion, and apples for sweetness, plus lemon which has a detoxifying affect. Lastly a bit of kale, because this is a green juice after all, and greens are nutrient power houses. This juice is not only delicious but It will help you feel energized and refreshed too!