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Jello Pudding: Healthy and Homemade (plus video how-to)

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

strawberry kiwi jello pudding

Jello pudding made with unprocessed ingredients is an easy, fast and yummy treat that is the perfect dish to take to cookouts and potlucks. It pleases junk food and healthfood fans alike.

People sometimes get a puzzled look on their faces when I suggest jello as a healthy treat for kids.

This is understandable, because boxed jello pudding from the store, which is almost without exception the type of jello anybody sees anymore, is one of the nastiest, most artificial concoctions on supermarket shelves. I literally cringe anytime I see an adult serving this frankenfood to a child.

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How to Make Jun Tea: Kombucha Champagne (Recipe plus Video!)

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

Jun Tea is Kombucha Champagne

I was gifted my very first Jun tea culture in recent months from a friend who told me that he seemed to digest it even better than the fermented drink known as kombucha.

I was excited to learn of a ferment made with honey and green tea instead of black tea and sugar, which is what you use when making kombucha.

The reason?

In 2001, shortly after I first began brewing kombucha, a Chinese friend who came to dinner told me her mother had made a very similar drink when she was a child growing up in Guangdong Province. The difference? Her mother made the ferment with green tea and honey.

Ever since that night, I’ve been intrigued by this mysterious ferment. Now I know it was very likely Jun tea.

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The Healthiest and Best Bone Broth (plus video!)

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

healthiest and best bone broth

Most people would agree with the old adage that chicken soup is good for the soul as well as for colds and flu. It’s also a great remedy for digestive problems, arthritis, pain, and recovery from all sorts of illness.

When it comes to how to truly prepare healthy soup from scratch, however, the majority of folks would not have a clue where to begin.

Let’s be very clear about the dangers of store bought soups, canned broth or stock, and bouillon cubes. They are never healthy options even when organic as they are loaded with neurotoxic MSG, and artificial flavors with little to no redeeming nutritional benefit.

This is due to the rise of agribusiness which, since the 1950s, caused the consumer to gradually lose contact with a local butcher who would sell them a variety of bony leftovers which our thrifty forebears would use to make nutritious stocks and soups.

Almost all culinary traditions from around the world include meat or fish stocks, yet the stockpot has almost completely disappeared from American kitchens.

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Is Water Kefir as Beneficial as Milk Kefir?

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

water kefir versus milk kefir_mini

My recent article comparing the probiotic potency and overall health benefits of milk kefir versus yogurt spawned a lot of emails to my inbox with questions about how water kefir fits into the mix.

After a bit of reflection on the subject, I came to the conclusion that the topic really deserved its own blog post, so here we go!

Which is really better, water kefir or milk kefir?  Or, are the benefits between the two basically the same?

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Tiny Teff Grains Deliver Big on Nutrition

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

gluten free teff

I first tasted the delicious, gluten free grain known as teff shortly after my husband and I were married. We met after work at an Ethiopian restaurant that we’d been wanting to try for quite some time. My husband was born and lived his early years in Uganda, and he was eager to introduce me to some of the flavors of his home continent.

I was immediately enthralled and delighted by the basket of soft, spongy flatbread that was brought to our table to use as an edible utensil for our meat stew.

Never having experienced the light, slightly nutty flavor of teff before, I asked the waitress about the bread’s origins. She proudly explained that injera is a traditional fermented bread made from teff flour that is a staple in Ethiopia.

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