Fermented Food Guide: the basics + 19 beginner recipes

Lemon Balm Iced Tea

Lemon balm iced tea is the perfect, thirst-quenching beverage to break out on a hot day (when it’s too early for Sangria) and doubles as a great pick-me-up. I often make a strong batch on hot days, for primarily tactical reasons – to keep husband hydrated and highly caffeinated as he does yard work.

Lemon Balm Iced Tea

How to Make Naturally Sweetened Almond Milk

A decade ago, making almond milk was just one of those weird “hippie things” that mom used to do. When I’d go over to her house for a visit, more often than not, there would be almonds soaking in a bowl on her window sill and I’d think she’d gone nuts… Flash forward several years, and now I’m the nutty one. Making almond milk is a very regular task in our house. Just like doing laundry or vacuuming – it’s got to be done and part of our weekly routine.

Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade

As warm and wonderful as it is, summer certainly tests our will-power at every level. Although it’s both convenient and satisfying to slam back a cold, cola, sports drink or beer on a hot, summer day (speaking from experience here), they’re not good for your bikini-bod or health. Thankfully, there is an alternative, and it’s just as thirst-quenching – there really won’t be anything more refreshing and nourishing than naturally fermented, homemade, Raspberry Lemonade for your August long-weekend. The Benefits of a Naturally Fermented Beverage Fermentation is a beautiful thing. I can be seen talking about it at social events, parties…
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Pumpkin Spice Coconut Oil Coffee Creamer

Okay, put your hand up if you love a good pumpkin spice coffee or latte in the fall and winter months… I’m guessing you didn’t actually put up your hand, because that would be weird, but you’re already a total fan because you’re reading this post!  But let me tell you… I have an awesome recipe for pumpkin spice coffee creamer that’s healthy, delicious and simple and I’m pumped to share it with you!

Pumpkin Spice Coconut Oil Coffee Creamer

How to Make Iced Coffee Using Coconut Oil Coffee Creamer

When it comes to coffee, I’m a bit of a snob – there’s only one way I like it, and it’s in no way conventional. Yes, coffee with Coconut Oil Coffee Creamer takes a few extra steps, and when I’ve been up all night feeding the baby, those extra steps in the morning can be annoying, but once that frothy goodness that is coconut oil coffee hits my lips, it all becomes worth it. Last week we came home from a week-long vacation from visiting the in-laws in Manitoba. Knowing that I couldn’t go a morning without my coconut oil…
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How to Make Fruit Kvass

I’ve lined of some great guest posts for the next several weeks to give me a chance to rest during the last week of my pregnancy and when the baby is born. Today’s post is written by Celeste Longacre – author, mother and master of sustainable living. I know you’ll enjoy this recipe for Fruit Kvass as much as I do! (Photos are my own). Decades ago I became convinced that, if I wanted to have a healthy body, I needed to put the right kind of fuel in it – real food. Further study led me to learn that growing…
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Coconut Oil Coffee Creamer

The first time I’d heard about adding oil and fat to coffee, I’m sure the look on my face was a mix between confusion and disgust. I mean, it’s not every day that you come across a drink containing coconut oil and butter! Especially in a society where we’re desperately trying to remove fat and calories from everything we consume. For me, this concept took some getting used to.

Coconut Oil Coffee Creamer

Blueberry-Banana “Hangover Cure” Smoothie

Today’s guest post is written by a friend, fellow blogger and Certified Holistic Health Coach, Chelsey Benzel! Although I live a relatively clean and healthy lifestyle, yes, there are (rare) times in my life when I let my hair down, get a baby-sitter, have a dance party, and wake up in the morning and say, “Never again!”  But, like my momma always says, “everything in moderation, including moderation.” Thanks to Chelsey’s Blueberry-Banana “Hangover Cure” Smoothie, I no longer have to waste the entire “next day” sloth-ing around…  We’ve all been there. You wake up, your mouth is dry and your…
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Probiotic Lemonade

While some people have been on a Kombucha craze, I’ve been on a Probiotic Lemonade craze. Ok, I’ll admit it, it’s not because I necessarily like Probiotic Lemonade more, but because I haven’t been able to get my hands on a SCOBY (for all you Komucha makers our there *hint*hint*.) That being said, this lightly fermented lemonade is delicious, healthy and refreshing!

Metabolism Boosting Mocha

Snow day today! It doesn’t happen too often here on the Sunshine Coast (which is not as sunny as it’s name suggests) so when it does, it’s something to be enjoyed. Today’s weather sparks a desire to curl up with a book (or laptop in my case) and sip on a warm beverage. This has inspired me to share my Metabolism Boosting Mocha recipe! I’ll explain why I’ve decided to call this mocha a “metabolism-booster” by describing the ingredients…

Metabolism-Boosting Mocha