Forget about fancy French boarding schools or etiquette classes… turns out you can BUY it! Cultures that is.
From kombucha to kefir to yogurt and sourdough, LIVE food is quickly experiencing a renaissance due to the enormity of the health benefits it brings along. This time eating healthy actually TASTES GOOD, unlike a decade ago when “no-fat” was all the rage. You’ve not tasted fresh bread until you have tasted fresh sourdough bread with cultured butter on top and a glass of raspberry kombucha to wash it down with.
We’ve all seen the Activia commercials… “beneficial intestinal flora” is now something that many American’s have at least heard of. Better than yogurt or acidophilus powder in a capsule, real – living – cultured food contains more probiotics than can be counted!
Benefits of Cultured Foods
If you are wondering how in the world to get your CHILDREN to try fermented foods, here’s a great place to start.
My favorite place for purchasing your starter cultures is Cultures for Health.
And lastly, here is a great jumping-off point for creating traditional food fare.
This return to traditional food doesn’t begin OR end with cultures though… think grass-fed beef, home-grown vegetables and sprouts, fresh ground grains for bread, soaked grains for cereals and granola, free-range eggs and raw dairy. The list is endless.
You might be feeling overwhelmed with the BIG-GIANT-ENORMOUS makeover your recipe book likely needs if you’re going to try for this changeover, but don’t give up. Think:
SIMPLE. PLAIN. OLD-FASHIONED. TRADITIONAL.
Start there and implement cultured foods into your daily menus. Once you have a system down for creating old-world cuisine in your thoroughly modern kitchen, it’s SO simple you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner.
And if you’re wondering what culture has to do with birth… Midwifery Today published an article on GBS (group B strep) infections and lacto-fermented foods. Though there is no established protocol for using fermented foods to prevent GBS infections, the logic there holds thrilling possibilities for preventing this serious (but rare) complication of birth.