Friday, November 16, 2012

Transitioning to a Real Food Diet

I have always been interested in real food.  I never really knew where to start though.  My journey finally started about a month ago mostly by accident.  Last month I ended up with a failed batch of yogurt. Instead of throwing it out I reheated the milk. I had planned on adding vinegar to make farmers cheese but before I could the milk curdled and separated. I separated the curds from the whey.
So the dilemma was what to do with all of that whey? So I turned to the real food guide book Nourishing Traditions by: Sally Fallon. My first baby step was using the whey to soak legumes. We had been eating a lot of them because of my grocery budget. My mom has trouble digesting beans so I hope this little step helps.
I have also been doing some experimentation with fermenting. Lacto ferments are high in probiotics and so good for you. My son is an extremely picky eater. But like every kid he loves his ketchup! I tried the lacto fermented ketchup recipe from Nourishing Traditions. I figure that I could get some extra nutrients in him through condiments :).
I started soaking my grain and flour. Baby step #2! I have my sourdough starter bubbling, some soaked pizza dough in the freezer, and last night made some oh so yummy soaked pumpkin muffins. Today I plan on making sourdough crackers.
I am trying to make small changes but more importantly to be consistent!

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