Category: Nutrition

What is quinoa?

Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is a seed that cooks like a grain, which is why it is referred to as a pseudo-grain. Along with amaranth, it is known as an ancient grain that was a staple food of the Incas. They called it the mother of all grains due to its high protein content. Quinoa is […]

How to sprout chickpeas

To sprout chickpeas all you need is some dried chickpeas, water, a large bowl, a colander or sieve, time and patience. Equipment: You can use a sprouting jar or a colander and a larger bowl. Soak time: 8 – 12 hours —Soaking initiates the sprouting process. Rinse and drain: at least every 8 hours, this […]

Healthy Lunchbox

A Healthy Lunchbox Strategy Packing a lunchbox with healthy foods to fuel physical and mental activities through the workday requires some thought. Considerations include your work environment and your digestive system, for example, having enough time to eat in a relaxed manner and preferably away from your work area, in a stress-free environment. Taking the […]

How to make an herbal infusion

What is an herbal infusion? An herbal infusion is the process of soaking herbs in either hot or cold water, to extract their nutritional and medicinal benefits. If this sounds like making herbal tea then you are absolutely right. What distinguishes an herbal tea from an herbal infusion is that an herbal infusion will generally […]

How to make water kefir

Go straight to basic recipe Water kefir is a lacto-fermented pro-biotic drink made using water kefir grains that feed on sugar water and minerals. The profusion of bio-available pro-biotics in water kefir helps to improve digestive health, immune response, mood and energy levels and reduce allergic reactions, by feeding the good bacteria throughout the gastrointestinal […]

Water Kefir Grains

Water kefir (keh-FEER) grains are used to produce a naturally carbonated probiotic drink. The kefir grains are small clusters of beneficial bacteria and yeast, bound by a polysaccharide (dextran) that is produced by Lactobacillus brevis. This is all good news for maintaining a healthy microbiome, which is essential to good health. “The micro-organisms involved in […]

Thyme: benefits and uses

Thyme: Thymus vulgaris Part used: leaf and stem Medicinal actions: Carminative, anti-microbial, anti-spasmodic, expectorant, astringent, anthelmintic Thyme is an aromatic herb with a bitter-sweet flavour. It has a long history of culinary and medicinal use. It is primarily used as a pot herb as it can withstand long cooking times. It also makes a delicious […]

Apple Cider Vinegar

The Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has a long history of use as a healing food, a dieter’s friend, a food preservative, and for cosmetic and domestic cleaning purposes. ACV is the result of a double fermentation process. First apple juice is fermented to apple cider, which is then further […]