How to Make Water Kefir

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Written by Stacy K, Contributing Writer What is water kefir? Water kefir is a lacto-fermented beverage made with water kefir grains and sugar water. It is easy (and relatively quick) to make, and provides an abundance of probiotics to improve digestive health. Water kefir grains are not grains at all, but rather “bacteria and yeast existing in a symbiotic relationship” (as noted by Julie of Cultures for Health.) The term grains really just describes their appearance. Because the grains feed on sugar, the resulting beverage […]

Natural Sugars Can Still Cause Tooth Decay

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Brushing a child’s teeth – twice daily?  Doesn’t always happen when you’re a busy mama. Flossing that same child’s teeth daily?  Only for the most conscientious of mothers! So when does falling a little short on your child’s dental hygiene really make the difference between a sticker and a cheap toy ring vs. tears and a $1,000 pediatric dental bill? For us, the latter (no, 1,000 bucks is NOT an exaggeration) took place because of a simple drinking habit our toddler had.  Weaning at 15 […]

Healthy Holiday Recipes: Incredibly Yummy Homemade Egg Nog

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Living somewhere foreign is an excellent way to challenge yourself to make more foods from scratch. While living in Japan, I missed North American food so very much (though I definitely like Japanese food as well). At times, I went to great lengths to make something that tasted like home. Like the time I made my own wheat-free lasagna noodles because I was 10 weeks pregnant and craving lasagna like nobody’s business. Or my attempt to re-create a Thanksgiving “turkey” by covering up a mound […]