Kombucha vs Jun Tea

We have heard much about the benefits of Kombucha, but what about Jun Tea? This traditional fermented tonic (tea) is made with green tea and honey and touts the benefits of any other fermented beverage. For those who enjoy a homemade kefir or kombucha this soft light tea may be a nice alternative for you. I could go into detail regarding the ancient beliefs surrounding this tea and the fascinating rituals conducted while brewing but I will save that for you to google at a later date. For those die hard Kombucha fans you are likely asking the question, what’s the difference? Well let me tell you. There is a distinct flavour to kombucha, a sour taste (which I personally love) whereas Jun has a much more delicate and less sour taste. While the process is very similar between the two, Jun has a faster fermentation cycle than kombucha. Where a mother (scoby) is pretty much guaranteed with kombucha, the daughters cultures with jun are much less of a certainly. Another little tidbit-  it requires a lower temperature for fermentation meaning  jun will be ideal for the cooler kitchens or in climate that has a harsh winter. So how do you make this lovely brew? You simply make some green tea, sweeten it with honey and cool (to room temperature). Once cool you may stir in the Jun mother culture an some previously prepared Jun tea. These both can be found here. Let the mixture sit (covering lightly with a tea towel) for approx 3 to 4 days. You will want to then transfer the mix into a different container for...
Avocado Kale Chili Salad via The Raw Guru

Avocado Kale Chili Salad via The Raw Guru

Description A truly delicious chili-spiced kale salad with a tangy creamy avocado mustard dressing. This recipe by Rachael Campbell is hearty and filling yet easy on the digestion. Serve 4 as a side salad or 2 as a main dish. Scroll down for some of the amazing benefits of including more kale in your diet!     Ingredients   1 bunch kale (tuscan kale or curly leafed scots kale) stems removed 1 1/2 avocados chopped 1/2 red onion small thinly sliced 1/2 lebanese cucumber thinly sliced red chilli sliced to taste coriander to taste   Ingredients for dressing   1 avocado 6 teaspoons lemon juice 6 teaspoons lime juice 1/4 teaspoon mustard powder 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper coriander to taste salt and pepper to taste   Garnish   flaked almonds red chilli sliced salt and pepper to taste     Methods/steps Method for Salad: 1) Remove stem from kale, wash and chop coarsely, place into mixing bowl 2) Grind salt and pepper through kale and let sit for about 10 minutes to enhance flavour 3) Add chopped avocado, red onion, cucumber, red chilies, and coriander toss gently through salad Method for dressing: 1) Place ingredients into vitamix and blend on high speed for about 1 minute 2) Toss dressing gently through salad   Additional Tips Some of the health benefits of Kale: Kale is a form of cabbage. It is full of antioxidants, anti inflammatory nutrients and cancer preventive nutrients. It is very high in iron, vitamin C, B complex group of vitamins, and calcium. Kale contains sulforaphane particularly when chopped or minced. It also has a chemical which boosts DNA...