Chimichurri Sauce

In the world of meat-eaters, chimichurri sauce and beef is a match made in heaven. Paired together, the two form a perfect culinary experience. Basic chimichurri sauce is a balance of heat (red pepper flakes), acidity (red wine vinegar), and bitterness (parsley, oregano, and cilantro) – the perfect compliment to the concentrated savory (umami) flavour […]

Sprouted Five Pulse Salad

Pulses (dried beans, dried peas, chickpeas, and lentils) are great cooked and served alone with a little salt. Pulses that are sprouted are even better, nutritionally, and a variety of pulses sprouted as a medley are the best of culinary appeal and nutritional benefit. Inside dried pulses, nutrients are stored in complex units. Upon soaking, […]

Tipping the balance towards cellular health and vitality

It’s said that gray hair is a crown of glory, and wrinkles, a medal of the passage of life. Gray hair and wrinkles, tell a story of life well lived; creaking bones, painful joints, blurry vision, and fatigue tell of another. It’s the story of oxidative stress, an invisible cellular damage, that leads to inflammation, […]

Hormones and liver detoxification

Hormones. We can’t live without them, but fluctuations and imbalances make being a woman a love-hate relationship. Female sex hormones, progesterone and estrogen, feminize the female skeleton and add curves that define the female silhouette. Bones become strong and blood vessel are less susceptible to injury due to female hormones. Tweaking concentrations of estrogen or […]

DIY Sprouting Jar Lids

Healthy food need not be expensive; it need not be limited to people in first-world countries; it need not require fancy equipment. Everyone, regardless of income or privilege, can regularly consume nutrient-dense, disease-preventing, anti-aging food for less than $0.10 per meal – if they are willing to learn simple skills and create do-it-yourself (DIY) systems […]

Me-for-You Resolutions

You’ve make a resolution for 2018. You know what you want to achieve, how to achieve it, who it will involve, where it will be pursued, and when it will be completed – ideally. New Year’s resolutions usually involve improving health whether that’s by shredding pounds, eating healthier, getting quality sleep, exercising regularly, building into […]

Guaranteed ways NOT to gain 5+ pounds these holidays

Come January, advertisements for weekend detoxes, fat-burning shakes, and weight loss plans to shed 10 lbs in 10 days will be circuiting to the masses who are uncomfortable with their holiday indulgences. The stash of cream puffs, short bread cookies, spiced nuts, eggnog lattes will be put away. Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy – […]

Six Ways to Make Fermented Vegetables Appealing to Kids

Let’s face it: Few children are naturally fond of vegetables. When given the choice between vegetables and fruit, most children will choose the sweeter option. Perhaps carrots and sweet red bell pepper may make it into their mouth. Other vegetables like broccoli, asparagus, or spinach may remain on their plates long after everyone else has […]

Zucchini Dill Pickle Soup

There are few recipes containing homemade lacto-fermented vegetables that I will subject to heat. High heat kills bacteria – good and bad – and my aim is always to develop recipes intended to optimize good bacteria for the gut. So this recipe is a stretch for me: I know heat will undoubtedly reduce the amount […]

Should kombucha be avoided like alcohol during pregnancy?

Kombucha, a fermented beverage made from brewed tea and sugar, is vogue in North America. We are catching up to other parts of the world like China, Russia, and Germany where people have consumed this beverages for centuries. This slightly sweet, acidic, and carbonated tea beverage became popular with the advent of research in the […]

African Basil Beet Kvass

Repeat after me…”Beet kvass is not like grape juice, and it is not wine.” Beet kvass is made from beets, which ultimately have an earthy taste. Regardless of how you flavour basic beet kvass, it will still have a beety taste. Sorry, if you’re not a fan of beets, you may not enjoy beet kvass. […]

Why fermented beet juice is hard to beat

We all know (at least I hope you do) that vegetables and fruits are good for health and disease prevention owing to their abundance of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytochemicals, and fibre. Red beetroots, not to be confused with sugar beets, are particularly healthy. Beetroots have betacyanins, a deep-red pigment, that stimulates cancer cell death (apoptosis) in […]

Minty Watermelon Salad

After cutting into a large watermelon, have you ever thought, “What am I to do with all this fruit?” I seldom have enough people around to help me eat a whole watermelon. Watermelon has a high glycemic index, which limits me from eating too much at once, so I’ve dreamed up unconventional ways to use […]

Sprout When in Doubt

If you are doubting what to eat for health, for prevention of disease, for anti-aging, and for recovery from illness, consider sprouting. Anyone can sprout anywhere and at any time of the year with the most basic of equipment: a wide-mouth jar, nylon mesh screening or metal sprouting lid for mason jars, a rubber band, […]

Histamine: the one disadvantage to fermented foods

You’ve heard that fermented foods are good for health. Few would dispute that, including me. From the gut to the brain, to the womb and skin – there is no part of the body that doesn’t benefit when we eat foods wiht good microbes (read more about this in past articles here, here, and here). […]

Steel-Cut Oat Risotto

Risotto has the right features of comfort food: warm, creamy, flavourful, hearty, and packed with quickly-digesting carbs sure to send blood sugar levels sky high! Arborio rice, which is traditionally used in risotto, is a soft, starchy rice with its bran layer removed. These properties make it ideal for absorbing liquid (and flavour) while giving […]

Dietary Alternatives to Gut-Altering Acne Medications

Acne: a four-letter word that most people in Western populations have the misfortune of experiencing at some point in life, in some degree of severity, and on some part of their body. When pimples emerge as either red, white, black or pink circles; pustular or papule; inflammatory lesions or noninflammatory comedones; mild, moderate, or severe; […]

Banana Ice Cream with Endless Flavour Possibilities

  School is out; the weather is balmy; and we are all screaming for ice cream. Banana ice cream is the perfect way to involve kids in making a treat that is healthy yet fun (often they don’t associate the two). It isn’t loaded with added sugar like normal ice cream; it doesn’t have processed […]

Uncomplicating Food

Whether plant-based or animal-based, all food starts as a seed – small, simple, and directive – then springs into life under the right conditions. Food was designed with extravagance in mind, not only for its utility. In all types of colours, tastes, textures, and sizes, food surpasses its fundamental purpose of filling the stomach and […]

Getting the Facts Right on Probiotics

The “probiotic” buzz word makes for a profitable industry if you’re in that market – a money-grabber for the rest of us if we don’t have the facts right on probiotics. Just adding “probiotic” to the packaging of granola bars, chewing gum, orange juice, and even chocolate will have people convinced that it is worth […]

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