Traditional Cooking made simple.

Can Traditional Cooking be Simple? Yes it can! There are a few ways it can be easier on us (some of us are busy you know):).

Why cook traditionally in the first place?  The answer: health benefits.  People are becoming more educated on digestive health and understand its vast importance.  Children need nutritious meals for growth and optimal learning.  Adults need food that is real and […]

Benefits of Sauerkraut

What are the benefits of sauerkraut?  There are so many health benefits.  I have been eating a lot of sauerkraut this summer.  I am not sure why I am craving so much sauerkraut, but health experts believe that as your body (and gut) heals itself…even your cravings become healthier.  This must be the case with me.  My “bad” (unhealthy) cravings have almost disappeared these last […]

How to make Water Kefir

Do you want to learn how to make Water Kefir? First, what is Water Kefir?  It is a bubbly natural soda packed with probiotics.  Water kefir contains over 40 strains of beneficial bacteria and yeast~probiotics.  A full list can be found here.  There are countless sites that discuss the benefits of probiotics, but one thing that stands out about water kefir is that these strains […]

Homemade Gatorade

We love homemade rehydration drinks.  We live in a sunny state and we are outside a lot.  We make a healthy alternative to the sugary sports drinks on the market.  So we make a few.

1. This recipe is floating around the internet.  I have used this when the boys are sick and it works nicely.

1 quart (950 ml) water
½ teaspoon (2.5 g) baking soda
½ teaspoon […]

By |May 18th, 2012|Beverages, Probiotics, Recipes|4 Comments

Homemade Cream Cheese

We are probiotic junkies in this house.  We have been incorporating more and more probiotics into our diet each day through beverages, snacks, dinner, and even dessert.  The Nourishing Traditions Cookbook is a great resource for understanding the link between gut health and diet.  It is important to consume good bacteria to fight off all the bad bacteria we encounter each day.  We want our […]

By |May 15th, 2012|Nourishing Traditions, Probiotics, Recipes|3 Comments

All-Purpose Yogurt Dough

This all-purpose yogurt dough is awesome because it is so versatile.  It is fast, simple, and can be used for many things: pizza pies, pie crusts, cookies, and whole grain crackers.  This is a basic recipe that can be used often.  This recipe is soaked, so you do not have to rely on sprouted flour (which is very expensive to buy around here).   By soaking, […]

Matsoni Yogurt

I have been wanting to make Matsoni yogurt for a while.  Why? Because the yogurt I buy local gets pricey when you eat as much as we do, it is easy to make, and I like to change things up every now and then.  I will keep buying yogurt from the local farmer and make some on my own.  Sounds like a plan.  I picked […]

By |April 11th, 2012|Probiotics, Raw Milk, Recipes|5 Comments

Probiotics for Health

Some of the more common health benefits include:

Managing lactose intolerance
Helps kill salmonella in the body
Helps prevent colon cancer
Lowers Cholesterol
Lowers Blood Pressure
Reduces Inflammation
Boosts Immune System, used as an anti-biotic
Improves mineral absorption from other foods and vitamins
Helps prevents Urinary Tract Infection and bacterial vaginosis
Improves symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, candida
Excema, asthma and allergies

Article from here.
Who should take probiotics? Everyone, especially the young and the old.  The following […]

By |April 5th, 2012|Nutrition, Probiotics|0 Comments

Chocolate Ice Cream

This is a chocolate ice cream version that is tasty and has a little probiotic punch.  My Kefir Ice Cream recipe was a little too strong (by that I mean tart) for the boys, so I came up with an alternative that is still healthy, but a little tastier.


2 cups raw cream

1 cup raw yogurt

2 eggs

2 tsp Vanilla Extract

1 cup organic sugar

1 cup organic cocoa […]

By |April 3rd, 2012|Probiotics, Recipes|0 Comments

Soaked Pizza dough

This is a great fun recipe from “The Bread Bible”.  You must make it ahead.  It makes 3 large pizzas.  Becca and  Suz’s favorite dough recipe.

4 1/2 cups all purpose flour (organic, non bleached)

2 1/2 teaspoons sea salt

2 teaspoons organic sugar

2 1/4 teaspoon instant yeast (I used 2 1/2 teaspoon active yeast~just activated it first)

2 cups water/whey (1 cup water/ 1 cup whey) Why Whey?

a […]

By |March 29th, 2012|Probiotics, Recipes|0 Comments