Make your Local Foods into Superfoods

Make Local Foods into  Superfoods !

Hey Folks – you need to Get Cultured!!  Sorry, not an insult, just a healthy suggestion!!

I am not talking about foods you need to get from a jungle far away or a vegetable that you can’t pronounce – I am talking about making your own local foods SUPER foods just in the way you prepare them.

Buying local is only the first step – keeping or even improving their nutrients is the next.  And yes – you can learn about other superfoods in the process – like coconut oil – that can add beneficial nutrients and make your local food cooking diversified.

Some of these ancient superfoods have found their way back to the top –to the top 10 superfoods on Oprah.com for one!  Talk about “classics” – when food preparations survive thousands of years – to return as they once were – there HAS to be a reason!

For example:

Full of healthy probiotics, cultured foods may seem unfamiliar at first but you have eaten many of them – just NOT the original version.  Much more than processed  vitamins from a jar – these foods have all the complements of nutrients that really make them work for you – not just the bits and pieces that we happen to filter in or out as the case may be.  Most yogurts, sauerkrauts  and cheeses are NOT the same as our great grandparents ate.  Pickles and even catsup , when prepared as they used to be – were full of probiotics and immunity boosting properties.  If I listed all the foods that were originally made by culturing and fermenting – you would be astounded.  From dairy to vegetable, grains to “sodas” – these ultra processed foods in the store contain tons of sugar, vinegar and fillers to make them taste like what we THINK they should taste like, but leave behind the properties that they were “born” with.

And then there are preparations like soaking grains to decrease “antinutrients” and make other nutrients available.  Know anyone who is gluten intolerant? Could it be that we do not prepare our grains properly? According to research – that may be the case.

Want a great short video?  see a great intro to Lacto Fermented Foods

Nope – has nothing to do with lactose – a milk sugar,  but does have everything to do with keeping your body’s system of healthy bacteria – so they keep you healthy.  Like Sarah says in the video “they are super raw foods”

Did you know bacteria in your body out numbers you 10:1?  Just maybe, they deserve a bit of attention!

Here’s a few more examples of “originally live” foods that we have pasteurized or otherwise fooled with:

Beverages such as ginger beer, root beer and buttermilk, porridge (yes the breakfast kind), sourdough breads and pancakes, etc, borscht,  apple cider vinegar, chutneys and salsas – and there is more. I mentioned pickles and sauerkraut – the real ones – the ones with live cultures (like yogurt) are NOT and I said NOT made with vinegar .  They are made by adding salt and maybe a bit of water to them and letting them sit for a few days.  The process eats the sugars and helps digest any proteins , adds beneficial bacteria good for our digestive system (ie immune system) and develops an environment where “bad” bacteria can not survive.

Originally – these foods developed as a way to preserve foods.  Current science tells us why we should take another look and make them as they used to.   Plenty of accounts tell of foods used as medicine – many were these cultured foods.  Cultured dairy was even used to fight tuberculosis.

There are different – but the same – types of food processing that actually INCREASE nutrients rather than decreasing.

Culturing dairy products can improve your tolerance, natural fizzy soda can be made without added sugar and false carbonation, even bread can return as a healthier food product, far away from just adding whole grains.  Once understood the simplicity of them is amazing. While it takes time to monitor the process – you can save money by making your own , improve your nutrient intake and boost your immunity at the same time.

For more info and references, email me at naturetraditions@yahoo.com  and on facebook   Adirondack Lake Clear Lodge and Retreat  or www.LodgeOnLakeClear.com

Are you local?  Order pantry items or fully prepared items at www.OldWorldEatery.com or come to The 100 Mile Store at The Lake Clear Lodge Check out our good foods buyers club where you can get good foods at case prices when you split it with others.  Mountain Lake Wholeshare Buyers Club   

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