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Jello

Ever heard of Agar? It’s a red sea vegetable that takes the place of gelatin in this easy recipe making it a vegan alternative to regular jello. Agar, also know as Kanten in the East, is very good for the digestive track, high in iodine, calcium and phosphorus. By heating and then cooling Agar, it works as a gelling agent in jello, jellies and puddings. So loose the pre-packaged brand and try this simple recipe.

Vegan Jello

1 cup fruit juice (like black cherry pictured above)
1 tsp. agar-agar powder

Bring juice to a boil over medium heat. Whisk in the agar powder until completely disolved and let simmer for a few minutes. Pour into a glass dish or jello mold and let cool until set. Agar does not need to be refrigerated to set, but it will speed up the process. Double or triple the recipe to make a bigger batch and make it more fun for kids by letting them help you cut it into jiggly shapes!

Posted in Recipes by Liz on March 4, 2008 | Permalink | 1 Comment

Kombucha

Kombucha

I had never heard of Kombucha until Maya from A Recipe For Wellness recommended it to me. Always interested in trying new things (but not yet ready to try to make my own), I picked up a bottle of GT’s Original 100% Raw, 100% Organic Kombucha at Whole Foods.

This effervescent drink is cultured for 30 days, and like yogurt (or sauerkraut) is fermented and “alive” with active enzymes. People have been making and drinking Kombucha since the B.C. years, and there are some phenomenal health claims surrounding it. Nobel Prize winner Alexandr Solzhenitsyn wrote that drinking Kombucha helped him survive the Siberian slave camps and the maker of GT’s Kombucha was inspired to share it after he and his mother believe it helped prevent the spread of her breast cancer.

In addition to these amazing stories, Kombucha is also claims to help regulate digestion, metabolism, immune system, liver function, cell integrity and healthy skin and hair. Although, they do include an asterisk on the label that does clarify that these statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. (However, that doesn’t mean that these health benefits don’t exist.) As usual, it is always best to do your research, and consult your doctor or nutritionist if you want to try the natural healing powers of something like Kombucha.

Personally speaking, I will continue to drink it because I love the taste! (I think it tastes a bit like carbonated apple cider.) I loved the original flavor, and am excited to try the Multi-Green which actually has algae in it. Liz gets her Kombucha at the Co-op, and recommends Strawberry and Grape.

Posted in Chew On This by Rhaya on March 3, 2008 | Permalink | 5 Comments

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