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Superfoods for Balanced Body Ecology - #030
September 22, 2012
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Superfoods for Balanced Body EcologyAs each of us takes charge of our own lives, making necessary improvements that help us to be all that we can be in this lifetime... some essential superfood ingredients are at the top of the list to help us achieve these goals. I believe changes we make on the inside effect outside manifestations and our full potential as creators.
Balanced Body Ecology
The human design was created to experience a balanced body ecology abundant in micro-organisms that proliferate in the intestines, helping to digest and utilize our food in the most optimal way. Since the industrial revolution and the days of pasteurization and artificially preserving our food, we have been destroying these very important superfood microbes and enzymes that are an essential part of digestion and assimilation of the foods we eat. This is further exacerbated by the modern day use of prescription anti-biotics that kill ALL gut flora, not just the "unhealthy" ones. I know that here in the U.S., we could definitely use more pro-biotics rather than anti-biotics.
It has become essential for superhealthy living that we undergo a "cultural rehabilitation" by reintroducing certain probiotic rich foods back into our diet and life. Re-establishing microbial communities of friendly flora and beneficial enzymes allow all other systems to do there job more efficiently. These are the cultured or fermented superfoods. They have been around for quite some time, but today a majority of the population could use them like never before.
There are probiotic powdered supplements available, but we feel it is always best to eat these organisms as a cultured food that is easier to digest with a higher inoculation rate. We list our top favorites below.
Top Cultured Superfoods That Are Easy to Make
Fermenting your own foods is right up there with growing your own garden. It is quite a satisfying and intimate experience to grow your own cultures you will later ingest. These are our top favorite superfood ferments that are easy to add to any diet. All of them we "hand-make" our selves, so we'll leave the links to our recipes in case you want to give them a try.
1) Sauerkraut - These are raw cultured vegetables that are naturally fermented in a brine solution for a number of days. This is one of the most basic fermented foods to start with because they are easy and cost effective to make at home. In addition, many people are familiar with the tangy pickled taste they provide and sauerkraut is easy to add to most meals as a condiment. Want to make your own sauerkraut?... visit our sauerkraut recipes page.
2) Coconut Kefir - Kefir is a cultured, thick yogurt like drink. Milk based kefirs are available at most health food stores, but we like to avoid dairy as much as we can. Making kefir from the meat of young Thai coconuts is a tasty and vegan substitute that will coat your stomach and intestines with healthy flora. We use fresh kefir grains or you can use a powdered kefir starter... learn how here. Or for more info about kefir see our kefir page.
3) Seed Cheese - Making seed cheese from sunflower, pumpkin seeds or any type of nut is a good way to predigest your nuts and seeds. Not only that you get the benefits of the micro-flora they provide. They are easy to culture and are a tasty, cheesy substitute for dairy based cheeses. More on our seed cheese recipes page.
Recipe of the Month:
Coconut Almond Kefir Recipe
Kefir is a thick yogurt-like drink traditional made from milk, but we like to use coconut or nut milks as a raw vegan substitute. (See more on our kefir page.)
This is a refreshing coconut kefir using almond nut milk and other ingredients to give it an extra special taste that is close to flavored commercial kefirs. I prefer non-dairy and healthier sweeteners, so I made up this simple cultured drink that is rich, thick and packed with great flora and enzymes for a balanced body ecology.
This will make approximately one quart of kefir. Keep it stored in the fridge, it is especially delicious when chilled. If you want to learn how to make almond milk, its easy... see our homemade almond milk recipe. For this recipe we always use fresh kefir grains, but you can also use powdered kefir starter. (See product info below) Or split it up and use both the grains and the powder. This method works well for growing your fresh kefir that you can later freeze and reuse.
Sauerkraut Recipes Ebook
Using Fun, Flavorful Eclectic Recipes
My new Sauerkraut Recipes book is here, an 83-page ebook presenting 12 of my favorite recipes, plus 8 bonus recipes and tons of information, tips, photos and techniques that I personally use to make full proof jars of delicious raw cultured veggies. I've decided to sell the book at a VERY affordable price, so check out the link to learn more about it and what you'll get!
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