granolaSeveral readers have emailed me recently inquiring about how to best go about making homemade granola.

One person carefully soaked oats for 24 hours in water with an acidic medium and then dehydrated before mixing with the other ingredients and toasting in the oven.

Another used sprouted, organic rolled oats and baked in a 200F oven with various other ingredients to make her favorite version of homemade granola.

how to cook oatmealHow do you cook oatmeal the healthiest way possible? Is it acceptable to cook it in the microwave, quickly poured out of convenient, ready to use packets? Do you think this is a healthy start to the day?

Reality Check: Ripping open a package of instant oatmeal, pouring it in a mug with some water and nuking it in the microwave for a couple minutes is NOT a nourishing breakfast!

soaking grainsDelving into Traditional Eating for the first time inevitably uncovers the fact that modern methods for preparing grains and legumes can be extremely damaging to health over the long term particularly if numerous servings of these foods are consumed on a daily basis as recommended by conventional dietitians and nutritionists.

Even if you take the time and care to make your own bread at home with freshly ground grain,

sourdough breadMost breads labeled as “sourdough” on the market today are anything but.

These fake sourdough breads typically contain yeast and/or a sweetener. This is an easy giveaway clue that the bread is a phony and should be avoided if one seeks a traditionally baked loaf.

SarahThe Healthy Home Economist holds a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

documentary

Last month, I wrote about a healthy living documentary for our local PBS station that I was privileged to be a part of.  I attended the screening party recently at the University of South Florida and was frankly a bit disappointed as the documentary seemed to focus almost exclusively on exercise as the optimal way of being healthy with eating well a distant second on the list of priorities.

homemade coconut flourMore and more people are turning to store bought or homemade coconut flour these days. It is a delicious low carb alternative to grain based flours. Coconut flour is a disaccharride free food. As such, it is an acceptable flour for baking when one is following the GAPS, AIP or SCD healing diets too.

soaked wafflesOne of the holiday traditions in our home is eating soaked waffles on Christmas morning after all the presents have been opened. In past years, I have always used the waffle recipe from Nourishing Traditions cookbook. I dutifully soaked the freshly ground, whole wheat, einkorn or spelt flour in buttermilk, yogurt, or kefir the night before and whipped up the batter in the morning.