Make Your Own Sauerkraut

There’s nothing quite like brats or corned beef with some fresh homemade sauerkraut!  Sauerkraut has been made at home for centuries as a way to preserve and enjoy the cabbage harvest.  Cabbage is one of the healthiest vegetables known to man, and sauerkraut makes it even healthier by adding probiotics!  It’s unfortunate that not as many people are making sauerkraut at home these days, since it’s easy to make and more delicious than the store-bought stuff!

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All the ingredients you’ll need: cabbage, salt, jar, and knife!
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Chop the cabbage according to your preference.
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Any salt will work, but we like pink Himalayan because of its extra trace mineral content.
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After the salt is added and the cabbage is massaged, the cabbage will shrink down considerably.
After the cabbage is thoroughly wilted and massaged, put the cabbage and extracted water in a jar and wait patiently!
After the cabbage is thoroughly wilted and massaged, put the cabbage and extracted water in a jar and wait patiently!

Originally posted 2013-07-13 01:44:23.

DIY Ghee (clarified butter) Recipe

Ghee is simultaneously one of the healthiest and tastiest cooking oils.  It’s also a very practical cooking oil because it can withstand high heat without breaking down or smoking.  Ghee made from organic butter contains high amounts of vitamin k2, which is essential for bone strength and cardiovascular health.  It’s also a great source of healthy fats, including CLA, which may provide antioxidant, metabolic, and cardiovascular benefits.  Even more, ghee is far more shelf stable than butter, making it great for traveling or leaving out for easy spreadability.

DIY ghee is easy and fun.  Homemade ghee is also cost saving.  By following the recipe below you’ll save half the amount you would spend on store-bought ghee. Enjoy!

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Be sure to use organic, unsalted butter, in order to achieve ghee with the most amount of nutrients like vitamin K2, and CLA
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Cheese cloths are inexpensive and handy. Use 3 or 4 pieces layered together to achieve the best filtering.
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Melt the butter on the stove on medium heat.
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Stage 1 – What the butter will look like immediately after it melts
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Stage 2 – After the butter simmers for a while it will start to form large bubbles as the water boils out.
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Stage 3 – After the bubbles get smaller and become less frequent, a golden foam will form and brown butter solids will sink to the bottom. It’s now ready to pour through the cheesecloth!

Originally posted 2013-07-03 19:36:49.

Avocado Blueberry Smoothie Recipe

blueberryavocadosmoothieingredientsSmoothies can make for a great on-the-go meal replacement or recovery drink, but not all smoothies are created equal.  I concocted this avocado blueberry smoothie recipe with ingredients that make it loaded in restorative protein, nourishing fats, energizing carbs, and antioxidant vitamins.  It’s well balanced, so it will help provide sustained energy for your exercises or day at work, and it’s loaded in potassium and protein to promote muscle restoration.

Ingredients:

blueberryavocadosmoothieDirections: Throw in a blender and blend!  If you don’t want to measure, just add the unblended ingredients to the cup you want to fill, then dump the cup into the blender. You can measure the water by adding the blueberries first and then adding just enough water to cover them.

Nutritional Highlights:

  • ORAC Value (a measure of anti-oxidant power): 8,458!
  • Potassium: 770 mg (thanks to the avocado and coconut water)
  • Magnesium: 20% DV (with coconut water)
  • Monounsaturated and saturated fats: 15 g (the best types of fat)
  • High quality protein: 28 g (in addition to the whey, avocado has a few grams of high quality protein of its own)
  • Healthy  carbohydrates: 23 g (thanks to the blueberries and coconut water)
  • Fiber: 11 g (about 50% DV)
  • Also high in B-vitamins and Zinc

Keep in mind, if you don’t like blueberries, you can substitute a different kind of frozen fruit.  My wife loves frozen mangos instead!

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Originally posted 2013-05-21 20:36:17.