Sourdough bread is all the rage right now, and rightfully so. Display cases of artisanal bakeries are loaded with deep caramel-hued loaves, the surfaces beautifully scored with signature designs and gently dusted with flour like winter’s first snow fall. While it may seem like a trend, both professional and home bakers alike are reaching back to one of the earliest and natural forms of bread baking. If you’d like to learn how to make sourdough starter, this primer will take you through the steps.
A sourdough starter, or “culture,” is the key to creating authentic sourdough bread. This culture, once thriving and well developed, is the natural yeast that not only encourages your sourdough bread to rise, but adds a nuanced element of flavor. It’s easier on your digestion system than bread made without it, and is loaded with gut-friendly bacteria. more→
Arugula leaves are tender, bite-sized, and packed with a distinct, tangy flavor. Sometimes referred to as “rocket,” this vibrant leafy green is the star of the year-round arugula recipes up ahead.
They’re the versatile friend at the dinner party, blending well with nearly every dish. Not only that, but they’re loaded with nutrients; studies have suggested that a sulfur-containing compound called sulforaphane gives cruciferous vegetables both their bitter taste and their cancer-fighting power. It’s also packed with vitamin A, vitamin K, and antioxidants.
In Western culture, fermented foods often don’t play enough of a role in everyday fare. Fermented foods contribute to gut health, supplying more probiotic action that what you might find in a capsule. They can also strengthen your immune system, according to this article by expert Rebecca Wood.
“Fermentation increases the flavor, medicinal value and nutrition of foods,” she writes. Of course, you can buy a jar of sauerkraut. And if you do, make sure it’s the kind that is naturally fermented, not just salted. But DIY sauerkraut can be surprisingly easy to make, and allow you to experiment with flavors you won’t find in the store-bought kind. Here are 9 flavorful homemade sauerkraut recipes to tickle your palate and at the same time improve your gut health. more→
Avocados, the nutrient-dense, creamy, green fruit native to Central America has spiked in popularity. Once known as “alligator pear” for its texture and shape, avocados now take the cake in Western eating habits due to their multitude of health benefits and versatile uses in cooking, snacking and baking. Read on for the top heath benefits of avocados.
Considered a superfood due to its cholesterol lowering properties, avocados are rich in fiber, carbs, antioxidants, potassium, and a variety of nutrients and minerals.
Whether you’re smashing the fatty, rich fruit onto toast, whipping it into guacamole, or sneaking it into smoothies or baked goods (like brownies!) for added creaminess and nutrients, avocados are among the healthiest foods we can be eating; who said avocado toast can’t be a meal? And make sure to take a look at our list of delicious avocado recipes. more→