A Glossary of Real Food Terms

Pastured hens.   Heirloom varietals.   Heritage pork.   Certified Naturally Grown.   Biodynamic.   It can get confusing trying to differentiate one term from another when it comes to food and agriculture, so here’s a handy guide that should help you to answer some quick questions about exactly what means what when it comes… 

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Sour Pickles

Sour pickles are a mainstay at our summer dinner table.   Naturally fermented, sour pickles are rich in beneficial bacteria and food enzymes, offering a dairy-free source of probiotics. Vinegar pickles lack the beneficial bacteria and many of the heat-sensitive vitamins found in traditional, sour pickles.   You see, real pickles are naturally fermented through… 

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10 Ways to Get More Probiotics (without Dairy)

We hear it all the time (and I say it plenty!): eat your yogurt for probiotics.   But if you choose not to eat dairy foods or cannot tolerate them, finding dairy-free probiotic foods can pose more of a challenge; however, that doesn’t have to be the case.   Indeed, there are many, many dairy-free… 

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A Visit from the Candy Fairy

The Candy Fairy came for a visit earlier this week.   No, it’s not what you think.   She didn’t leave bags of candy in our home ready for our three-year-old’s eager hands.   You see, much as the Tooth Fairy collects teeth and leaves a few quarters or dollars in return, the Candy Fairy… 

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Buckwheat Porridge

Buckwheat porridge – rich in niacin, fiber, magnesium and manganese, can be a deeply nourishing and warming breakfast treat.   Any porridge makes a fantastic breakfast provided you tolerate grains well (if you don’t, don’t worry.   See these 10 reasons to go Grain-free).   This buckwheat porridge recipe, like my soaked oatmeal recipe, is… 

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Sprouted Grain: Benefits, Preparation and Recipes

Sprouted grain – rich in food enzymes and natural vitamins – grows closer and closer to the mainstream as people across all walks of life search for a better way to incorporate wholesome foods into their diet on a regular basis.   While sprouting grain requires extra attention and, like many aspects of traditional foods,… 

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10 Healthy Treats for Kids

Preparing healthy treats for kids can be a challenge.   Picky palates seem to prefer junk over wholesome, natural and healthy treats, but even the pickiest kids may find a treat among this list of healthy treats for kids that suits their liking.   Many of these are stand-by healthy treats for my family: figs… 

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Reader Questions: GMO-free Infant Formula

Melissa asked: Q: I have a 3 month old daughter and wanted to know if is there are GMO free soy baby formula? I have been using Simulac Soy for the reflux benefits and cannot find any information on whether or not it is GMO free. A: First, I wouldn’t recommend you feed your daughter… 

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10 Reasons to Drink Your Milk Raw

Reason to Drink Raw Milk #1: Raw milk is a living food. Unlike pasteurized and ultra-high-temperature (UHT) pasteurized milk, raw milk is a living food.   Several of milk’s natural components including beneficial bacteria, food enzymes, natural vitamins and immunoglobulins are heat-sensitive.   These health-promoting components of natural, raw milk are destroyed by heating and… 

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