We're glad you're here! On this extension of the momsAWARE website, you'll find recipes and instructional videos to help you cook "outside the box" of processed, pre-packaged convenience foods. Our recipes make use of healing, nutrient-dense ingredients, based on the research of Weston A. Price and others who have discovered the rich heritage of clean, unprocessed foods.
In our quest for better health, many of us are considering a dietary change, one with fewer processed, "boxed" foods. Perhaps chronic illness is a motivating factor. Or a child with behavioral issues. Or simply a general desire to eat healthier.
All sorts of doubts creep in when we make a decision to change. Doubts that keep us from taking action. Below are ten such doubts, along with ten truths to counter them.
Looking for an alternative to soda and sugar-laden fruit juices? Hoping to find something your kids will enjoy? Fermented beverages offer taste, fizz, and fun in a variety of flavors and forms!
Fermented beverages include dairy kefir, kombucha, beet kvass, and water kefir. The water kefir recipe below can be adapted to suit your tastes and preferences.
Water kefir requires three basic ingredients: Starter, sugar, and water. Don't worry if sugar is not part of your daily diet. The sugar is "eaten" by the grains or starter, and the drink is transformed into a probiotic boost to your immune system.
Curious about kombucha? You're not alone. Many are discovering the benefits of probiotic beverages such as kefir, kvass, and kombucha.
What is kombucha?
Kombucha is a fermented, probiotic, naturally carbonated tea, combining sweetened tea with a "mushroom" consisting of active cultures of yeast and bacteria. This mushroom (pictured below) is better known as a SCOBY, or Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast.
Homemade whey works as the perfect "starter" for lots of fermented foods. Fruit chutney, ketchup, and homemade mayonnaise all ferment quite well when whey is used as part of the process. I use whey to inoculate a mixture of lemon juice, sugar, and water to create this fermented lemon punch.
I usually double this recipe and keep the extra in the freezer. Just make sure you dry the jerky thoroughly. You can also add some kefir to the mix to help prevent bacteria growth after drying.
- 4 lbs. grass-fed ground beef
- 4 cloves crushed garlic
- 1-2 bunches cilantro
- 4 tsp. sea salt
- 1/2 tsp. chili powder (or more to taste)
Blend in food processor or high-powered blender:
- 1 red pepper
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/2 onion
- Beet greens, carrot greens, or any greens of choice (a couple of handfuls)
- 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
Add a small amount of water if needed to make a nice "paste" or "sauce."
A sweet but healthy treat that you and your kids can enjoy as a snack or dessert! Erin Fabry demonstrates this simple, delicious recipe for Sweet Carrot Fries.
These cacao balls make great gifts. Instead of sugar-laden, chemically altered, processed chocolate, introduce your friend or coworker to raw cacao powder. Not only are you giving something natural, you're also offering a nice dose of the "bliss" chemical, anandamide, a neurotransmitter linked to good mood!
Kids can have fun creating their own recipes for healthy, nourishing foods! Join 12-year-old Colin Fabry as he demonstrates his recipe for chocolate avocado ice cream—a nutritious and delicious dairy-free/sugar-free treat you and your kids will love!
The Andy Bar is a grain-free, sugar-free energy bar that tastes like a candy bar. The sweetness comes from the dates. The nutrition comes from the chia seeds, soaked almonds, ginger, coconut, goji berries, and a whole host of things you can add to the recipe. We've found these bars to be appealing to everyone, even those unaccustomed to a fructose-forsaking diet!