Making your own almond milk is simple and delicious. It is also a way to avoid all of the harmful ingredients in the store bought versions.
Homemade mayonnaise has always alluded me because it just seemed too complicated. I believed that until my 12-year old son easily whipped up a batch in minutes for his science experiment on emulsion. It was so simple! You may think it is more convenient to purchase mayonnaise, but what is really in that mayo jar from the store?
The problem with store-bought mayo is mainly the oil and the eggs. But, wait, those are the main ingredients! Most conventional mayonnaise brands are made with soybean oil. This oil is almost always genetically modified and highly processed.
The other main ingredient in mayo is eggs, which is usually from unhealthy chickens being fed GMO- food. Pastured eggs are the best choice as they add healthy fat as well as Vitamin A, choline, and lecithin.
Although the organic versions of mayo may be a little better than the main brands, they still contain high amounts of sugar and salt. Making homemade mayonnaise is not only healthy for you, but it is also delicious too! Once you taste the freshness of this homemade condiment, you will have a very hard time going back to the processed version in a jar.
Why did Americans stop eating fermented foods?
Even our food companies have replaced traditional fermented foods like ketchup, sauerkraut, salsa, and pickles with unhealthy vinegar and sugar based alternatives. Our cheeses were aged and our breads were fermented and raised with a traditional sourdough, rather than commercial yeast. It’s no wonder so many of us have digestive problems.
Did you know that we can aid our digestion by adding these delicious fermented foods into our diet? When we digest our food properly, we can absorb all of the nutrients in them that our bodies need. On top of that, the nutrients in fermented foods are much easier for our bodies to digest. They also contain probiotics which help to maintain gut health.
MAKING YOUR OWN IS EASY
I used to be afraid to try fermenting my own food because I thought I would poison myself, but it is much easier than you think. One of the easiest fermented foods to make is sauerkraut. I love this versatile food, and I use it so many ways or sometimes just eat it right out of the jar. All you need is a head of cabbage and salt to turn fresh cabbage into a food loaded with Vitamin B, C, and K as well as loads of probiotics!
Try these too!
Some other fermented foods to try adding to your diet are kombucha which is a fermented black tea and another of my favorite probiotics that costs pennies to make at home. Some other great choices are tempeh, miso, kefir, kimchi, pickled vegetables, and grass-fed yogurt.