Homemade Probiotic Borscht Recipe

The Elusive "Sour" One of the foods I miss the most from back home is homemade, sour borscht - a dietary staple unique to Eastern Europe, in particular to Romania, Moldova, Ukraine, and parts of Russia. The essence of "borscht" in these countries is not beets, as it is commonly associated with, but rather the "sour" we add to the bone broth base. The "sour" - tasting almost like a combination of sauerkraut juice and kombucha - is made by old grannies in clay pots with fermented wheat germ, fresh well water, and a variety of esoteric herbs. It is a quite involved process, and most younger women don't have the patience or knowledge to ferment it properly. I have been trying to get a starter going for a while, but besides simply lacking some of the skills and expertise, I am missing many of the herbs that my grandma used to add to use. A Suitable Substitute? [...]

February 28th, 2013|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , , , |8 Comments

The Alkaline Diet – Snake Oil or Common Sense?

There are a lot of fad diets out there. Often, they claim to be the ultimate healing regime. They will cure you of disease or cancer, melt the extra pounds right off your midriff, or make you look ten years younger. As soon as I start reading something that tells me that once I perform one special routine or purchase certain brands, I will start feeling amazing and all my health problems will go away, I move on. Some of these schemes have some great things to offer, but I am skeptical of their good intentions. A couple of years ago an obnoxious website completely turned off any interest I had in the Alkaline Diet. Thankfully, I began studying  more about the pH balance of foods in one of my nutrition classes, and, while I admit I was rather skeptical at first, what I have learned just might have changed my mind. [...]

February 20th, 2013|Categories: Nutrition|Tags: , , , , , , , |5 Comments
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