There are no “magic bullets,” but there are healthy ingredients that make a difference in your diet. Flax seed is one such ingredient in my pantry, as well as flax seed oil. I love the flavor of the oil and it gives a twist to the old stand-by recipes, like in this Flax Oil Pesto! The seeds are a staple in my breads and sometimes my casserole dishes too. I always put it in my granola, crackers and have even experimented with it in cookies. It’s versatility and health benefits can be found on practically any and every website touting nutrition or baking. Since I tout both, this is my contribution.
Probiotics are discussed all of the time. You know the importance of taking probiotics (good bacteria) to strengthen your gut. So then, what is a prebiotic? Let’s straighten this out.
I ask a lot of questions about my food—oh, not the food on the plate in front of me. I have eaten in too many foreign countries and permaculture events to stop and question that. No. I just eat, smile, and hope no one tells me until I have properly digested.
I ask questions about food like this…where does it come from? What are the traditional ways to prepare it? Who has altered it and how? What do they do with this over in India, Russia, or South America? And how will this food nourish my family?
Couscous. Have you ever thought of it? What is Couscous?
Perhaps the contents of your fridge look a bit like mine. It’s Summer BBQ Season! You have some leftover meat, some veggie or chip dip, a paper plate full of random dessert-bits and cookie crumbs, and whatever else left over from, well, who knows… But here is both our tribute to–and a solution for–the leftovers filling the fridge. Let’s make sure they’re getting used, but safely.
& How to Make Your Knives Last
I am frugal, and I cannot afford to replace the knives we have when they start to go dull. I am also clumsy and I run a much greater risk of losing an appendage if my knives are dull. It is true that sharp knives are safer than dull ones.
Every knife dulls. It does not matter what they say about it; some will keep the original edge longer than others, but the fact remains that every knife dulls.
What if I told you that we could completely eradicate world hunger without growing another grain of rice?
Homemade bone broth is the “backbone” of nearly every traditional diet around the world. <see what I did there?> “Snout to Tail” eating means that everything was used, and not only were people not squeamish, most of the improper bits that bother you (and yes, me at times) were the delicacies of the day.
The rise of Diabetes directly corresponds with the rise of obesity in the United States. You’re not surprised.
The rate of liver disease is 55% greater for those who drink a soda on a daily basis. I’m stating the obvious.
As the leading cause of blindness in the west, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) affects 3 in 10 people over the age of 75. With odds like these it makes sense to want to find ways to protect ourselves against it. A study from Harvard university has shown just how we can do that. The study shows that one of the best ways to prevent AMD is through diet and here we’ll explain exactly what foods are your key to helping preserve your eyesight long into old age.
Back in the day, if you were upset or anxious, the go-to remedy was a cuppa. Carrying out the slow, age-old ritual of boiling water and brewing a pot of tea, then pouring and doctoring it with cream and sugar was a sure-fire way to calm and fortify yourself. The ritual restored a sense of order and control to the world.
Everyone must make their own decisions about the allowable level of toxins permitted into their home and I am not one to preach. The Toxin Police coming into my home will see a scented candle, a small container of coffee, and even a bottle of carpet cleaner. The journey to a fully healthy and sustainable home is far from complete for me, as I am sure it is still a work in progress for most of my readers. So no judgments here.
My husband and I have a dinner rule about garlic and onions: if one of us eats them, we both have to eat them. It’s because we really enjoy kissing, but only if the garlic breath is mutual.
Oh, and did I mention that garlic was traditionally considered to be an aphrodisiac?
Not lost on hubby.
That is the number of corn acres in the United States.
The “pop” sound of a canning jar makes me weak in the knees. If you heart canning, keep reading.
(originally published on Pantry Paratus in 2012, this piece has circulated quite a few times! We’ve made some updates…enjoy!)
Some swear by pressure cooking because of high altitude living constraints, meat tenderizing, energy reduction, nutrient preservation, or convenience. Other advise against pressure cooking because it leaches antioxidants, makes meat stringy and dry, or because they believe it to be a dangerous procedure. So which is it?