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Healthier Cereal – Surprisingly Homemade

Healthier Cereal – Surprisingly Homemade

Store bought cereal can contain things you may not want in your diet. Lots of sugar, high fructose corn syrup and other culprits may make you reach for a healthier option at the grocery store, but becoming sticker shocked at the price of a box of cereal can be reason to learn to make your own. It can save money, but also can increase the health benefits. Making your own cereal may sound daunting if you don’t like to be in the kitchen, but actually the following recipes are doable, and the ingredients can be adjusted to suit any cereal… read more

Whole Bean Flour Highs

Whole bean flour

While most of us know how nutrient dense beans are, you wouldn’t often think of beans as being the main ingredient in classic baked goods. However, bean flours work surprisingly well when used to make traditional fare like cookies, lemon squares, and pancakes in place of wheat flour. Only bean flours can do (and offer) a little bit more than wheat flours. Most bean flours are made by pulverizing dried or over-ripe beans until very fine and, as is the goal, of a flour-like consistency. Unlike wheat flours, beans do not oxidize, nor are they bleached as is often the… read more

Try These Recipes For Hectic Weekday Breakfasts

Try These Recipes For Hectic Weekday Breakfasts

If busy weekday mornings have everyone rushing around and skimping on healthy breakfasts, the following recipes are easy to make and use on hand ingredients. Perfect for making ahead and storing, these will get you through hurried and active starts to the day. Muesli is a great alternative to cereal and can be made to include favorite ingredients. It can also be made gluten-free. This recipe is a rendition of a 20th century original from Switzerland. It incorporates hearty whole oats, wheat germ, wheat bran and flaxseeds for a nutritional boost. Additions like kiwis, orange juice, raisins, yogurt, pecans, almonds… read more

Homemade All Natural Licorice

Homemade All Natural Licorice

Licorice candy was popular in the early 1900’s and is still loved by many today. Some brands of licorice candies are spiced with anise flavoring, but original licorice contains the actual licorice root from a plant. Glycyrrhizin is a naturally occurring chemical which is found in licorice root that is responsible for its sweet taste, and is actually said to be even sweeter than sugar. Real licorice also has health benefits including use as a tonic for sore throats, inflammation and fatigue, among others. The root was often sold in candy stores for children, and also has some interesting other… read more

Gluten-Free Baking

muffins

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, spelt, rye, triticale, and barley. Those with celiac disease (which causes a severe autoimmune reaction to gluten) must avoid gluten completely. Some people also avoid gluten due to allergies or sensitivities. Many people believe that avoiding gluten means avoiding all grains, but there are gluten-free whole grains. These include amaranth, buckwheat, millet, quinoa, rice, sorghum, and teff. Flours made from nuts, beans, peas, and arrowroot are also gluten free. Oats are technically gluten free, but they are often contaminated with wheat at some point while growing or during processing. However, there are companies… read more