The Best Tasting Blueberry Kraut

By Donna Schwenk / May 18, 2024

Blueberries 🫙Jump to the recipe & video! 🫙 I eat berries almost every day. I have them for breakfast with kefir and for snacks, too. I also put them in…

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8 Ways To Second Ferment Water Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / January 29, 2024

There are a million reasons why you shouldn’t drink regular sodas that are laden with high fructose corn syrup, dyes, and chemicals that are hard on the body. Water kefir…

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Matcha Tea and Me

By Donna Schwenk / January 13, 2024

Matcha Tea and Me Being and staying healthy is an ever-evolving journey. As I change and grow older, I have found new things that have profoundly impacted my life. In…

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More Recipes to Use Your Homemade Yogurt

By Donna Schwenk / October 7, 2023

Reasons to Have More Cultured yogurt  Yogurt is such a huge part of my life along with kefir and all my favorite fermented foods and drinks. I reach for it…

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How Natto May Help Your Heart and Improve Blood Pressure

By Donna Schwenk / September 9, 2023

Bacillus Subtilis Natto is a superfood and one that I have been wanting to make for decades. It was hard to find the culture, and I wasn’t sure that I…

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Einkorn — Before Gluten Was a Problem

By Donna Schwenk / August 26, 2023

Einkorn  Einkorn wheat is amazing. It is the most ancient wheat (over 12,0000 years) and arguably the best wheat for many reasons. Einkorn wheat is hardy, drought tolerant, and naturally…

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Probiotic Tomatoes

By Donna Schwenk / May 13, 2023

I have a diverse group of people who subscribe and are members of my site. They have very different diets but all are adding cultured foods to enhance what they’re doing. I’ve discovered that consuming cultured foods is one of the keys to living an incredibly healthy life. Not only have I experienced this, but others are recognizing this as well. […]

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Yogurt Plus FAQs

By Donna Schwenk / February 28, 2023

Frequently Asked Questions About Yogurt Plus What kind of milk can I use to make yogurt at home? Any type of pasteurized dairy milk can be used with this starter…

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Kefir Soda FAQs

By Donna Schwenk / February 10, 2023

Frequently Asked Questions About Kefir Soda  Which Liquid Should I Use? Use 100% Fruit juice (homemade, or store-bought with the least additives possible) or coconut water. Make sure that the…

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L. Gasseri Superfood Starter FAQs

By Donna Schwenk / October 25, 2022

FAQs and Recipes with L. Gasseri Yogurt We get a lot of questions about this super-powerful superfood yogurt. We have answered most of your questions in this FAQ along with…

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7 Reasons I Drink Coconut Water Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / October 8, 2022

Coconut water is one of my favorite drinks! It is fast and super easy to make and wow is it good for you. Water Kefir Crystals make fantastic coconut water kefir. It’s bubbly, tangy, and delicious! All you need are water kefir crystals (which are different from milk kefir grains) and some coconut water and 24 hours. . .

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How To Make Water Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / September 17, 2022

Water kefir grains, or we call them kefir crystals, are unlike milk kefir grains as they thrive on sugars and not lactose. The special probiotic yeasts and beneficial bacteria in…

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Don’t Rinse Your Kefir Grains and More!

By Donna Schwenk / August 13, 2022

Kefir Grains Never Rinse Them in Water I get so many emails from people who, in an attempt to help their kefir grains, will rinse them in cool water. You…

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Summer Cultured Vegetables

By Donna Schwenk / July 2, 2022

There is no better time to make cultured veggies than in the summertime! The fruits and veggies are abundant and when you ferment them they’ll last nine months in your fridge! Culturing, or what can also be called fermenting, is a no-sweat endeavor. . .

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Gluten Pain: The Best Teacher

By Donna Schwenk / May 28, 2022

I have met hundreds of people who are now on gluten-free diets. My daughter used to be one of them. Gluten pain can make life difficult and become a heavy load to bear. How can this grain that has been around since time began suddenly wreak such havoc on […]

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Feeling Younger is an Inside Job

By Donna Schwenk / May 21, 2022

I was 41 when I first found cultured foods. I felt old, discouraged, and sick. I remember resting on the couch and watching documentaries about people who had changed their lives and done extraordinary things. […]

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L. Reuteri Superfood Starter FAQs

By Donna Schwenk / March 29, 2022

Frequently Asked Questions About L. Reuteri Yogurt   This yogurt has shocked me in so many ways, but it wasn’t without its problems. I always shoot straight with you –…

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An Apple Peel a Day Keeps The Doctor Away

By Donna Schwenk / December 4, 2021

The Bacteria that keeps your gut lining intact Do you know the old English-language proverb that appeared in the 19th century that said, “An apple a day keeps the doctor…

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Learn How To Make Water Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / April 7, 2018

Water kefir grains, or we call them kefir crystals, are unlike milk kefir grains as they thrive on sugars and not lactose. These special probiotic yeasts and beneficial bacteria in the water kefir crystals consume the sugar in the sugar water, and they produce probiotics, new enzymes, vitamins, and help repopulate your gut flora. . .

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