May 18, 2010

May 18, 2010

On Thursday May 20th, you can learn how to make homemade cow and goat’s milk yogurt and kefir, a fermented milk drink. Jordan Champagne of Happy Girl Kitchen Co. will be leading this probiotic-rich workshop where participants take home a pint each of yogurt and kefir, including enough kefir grains to start your own batch at home. The event takes place from 5:30pm-7:30pm at the Ferry Building, in the CUESA Dacor teaching kitchen located in the North Arcade. $48. Click here to learn more.

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One of the hardest things about a cleanse is you can get HANGRY very quickly—funny what removing things like bread and cheese from your diet can do to you. Actually, not funny. Not funny at all. Anyway, I remember last year when I did this cleanse how hungry I would get the first few days before I could prepare my next meal or dish (chopping all those vegetables takes time). So for this go-round, I stocked up with a couple of items.

First, I am totally going to stash the “granola bars” from Two Moms in the Raw ($7.69 on sale) in my car for when I’m on the run. I bought the gojiberry-granola flavor on sale at Rainbow, and it’s rather delicious. The bar is packed with seeds (like flax, pepitas, sesame), nuts (almond, pecans), and just the right amount of sweetness from apple and agave, plus the goji berries. Yes, some could joke about these being birdseed bars, and they definitely take some chewing, but they’re satisfying, while also being gluten-free, with no refined sugars or added oils. Thumbs up.

The other little snacker I got was a bag of the “Spicy” Flax Snax ($4.39), thin and raw wafers of flax, sunflower, and sesame seeds, plus a hint of jalapeño, lime, salt, and cilantro. Not exactly fulfilling, but good for that afternoon time when you want a nibble of something that isn’t a carrot stick.

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