20140131-112718.jpg It must be the season, I'm so into fermented veg right now. Mother nature does not mess around, sauerkraut is amazing for digestion, as it's a natural probiotic, plus it has lots of antioxidants and B vitamins. Plus it's touted as the viagra of choice for most of Eastern Europe.... I've been using leftover cabbage to make kraut, it's pretty hard to use a whole head in good time at home so cut off a chunk and keep it in a baggie then use the rest to make sauerkraut. Spicy Good Kraut 3/4 head red cabbage, shredded (or whole head) 1 tbsp mineral salt 2 tsp my spice OR cayenne (optional) Shred cabbage thinly as possible in a food processor, dump into a large bowl and massage, punch, squeeze and love that cabbage until it's limp and there is lots of juice. Place in a very clean jar and pack it tightly so the liquid rises above the cabbage. You'll want to leave it on a shelf for about 3-4 days, prop the jar lid on top to keep the kraut clean but not sealed. It will ferment naturally, magic!

  While some enjoy smoking crack, I on the other hand have been eating kimchi like it is crack. Mixed with a bowl of warm long grain brown rice, avocado oil and mineral salt... oh yummy yum. And while I'm not about to list the benefits of eating kimchi over smoking crack, I will tell you a few good reasons why you should consider including kimchi in your diet once in a while.
  1. Low in calories, high in fiber
  2. Loaded with minerals and vitamins C, B1 and B12
  3. Vegan friendly source of probiotic (ditch the green yogurt already)
  4. Its raw, fermented, sour, spicy deliciousness
When you're buying or making kimchi be sure there is no added sugars, fish sauce or other chemicals. There is no need to add this extra stuff, the fermented veggies with natural seasoning like garlic and ginger does the job perfectly.  

20130612-150102 Hey kids! We are back, had to step away for a few days... you know how it goes. The Polska Popcorn Princess strikes again, this time with basil infused olive oil. Oh my, add a little of that to you air popped, non-GMO, organic maize with a touch of mineral salt and you'll be munching up a guilt-free storm in no time. I'm working on getting the PPP to regularly blog for THE GOODS, she is quite the popcorn aficionado plus has a fitness trick or two up her pant leg. Cross your fingers all. Check out the PPP's other raved about recipes Dilly Kaz Corn and Lemon Poppy Seed. And yes I'm working on infusing some olive oil myself and will share once I've got it down.

Swap the processed table salt and buy yourself some mineral salt. A quality salt naturally has 84 minerals and trace elements. That's something our body can use and we can't live without those minerals. Refined salts are bad news, they can leach calcium from your bones, cause water retention, high blood pressure and increase your appetite. Mineral salts actually provide minerals, when looking for a salt you want something that is slightly discoloured, pink or grey. A very white salt likely means it's been process and striped of any value. A few options are Himalayan Pink Salt, Real Salt and Celtic Sea Salt. All are great options and can be found at your local health food store, market or organic grocer. It's an easy change you won't even have to think about. More information on salts follow this link.

Quinoa is soooo in right now, it's in everything from cereals and salads to sweet snacks. I'm a big fan of this lovely, gluten-free grain as it's a complete protein, with lots of fiber and iron plus it's a bit of a chameleon in the kitchen. For me the easiest way to make quinoa is in a saucepan, if you're feeling extra adventurous you can soak it and sprout overnight before cooking for an enzyme boost... see here for sprouting instructions. Cooked Seasoned Quinoa  1 cup organic quinoa 2 cups filtered water mineral salt to taste Italian seasoning (optional) Place water, quinoa and spices in a pan, bring to a boil then turn down to a high simmer for approximately 20 minutes or until grains reach desired consistency. This seasoned quinoa is great to take into the office for lunch with some chopped tomato  avocado and pepper. Simple and delicious!