When you hear the words fermented foods, you might not think of it as the sexiest food. Yet, this is far from the truth! In fact, raw fermented vegetables are an amazing way to beautify and cleanse your body, from inside to out. They are also a food that humans have eaten across many cultures for thousands of years, and still do. Eating fermented foods on a regular basis a healthy practice to get into.
What are fermented foods?
You might have heard of sauerkraut, which means “sour cabbage in German. This is an example of fermented foods, but do beware if buying these straight from the shelf at the supermarket. Many products are over processed and are also usually pasteurized. It means they are prepared at high temperatures that kill all the goodness that fermented foods provide. What you want to look for are raw fermented foods. An example of raw fermented foods is cultured vegetables, that sit in airtight jars at room temperature for several days. Often, the vegetable used for this is cabbage. But you might also find it mixed with other vegetables which are suitable as ferments too.
Why eat fermented foods?
When vegetables are fermented, they become even more nutritious. The healthy enzymes which are present in the vegetables flourish when fermented. And create an environment that is full of probiotics, enzymes and minerals which are important for a healthy body. The probiotic good bacteria and enzymes in fermented foods help to populate our gut and intestines. Including Lactobacilli, Leuconostoc and Pediococcus which are important for healthy digestion. They also help to cut toxins from our body, so eating them will allow your intestines to detox, which your body will thank you for!
Raw, cultured vegetables are potent as helping your body to operate efficiently. When your body is working the way it should, then you will not only feel great, but you will look beautiful too. Eating fermented vegetables will also help you to more energy, as well as balance out the pH levels of your body. When everything is working as it should, you will find your immunity is boosted and your gut is working optimally.
A great benefit for many of us is, that eating fermented foods can help us to control cravings that you might have for sweets. This is because your gut is clean.
How to eat fermented vegetables
Sauerkraut has always been a part of my diet, so I was a bit surprised when asked: what to eat with sauerkraut? Although it is true that sauerkraut is often eaten with meat, you can eat it with just about anything!
It is important to eat fermented foods on a regular basis to get all the amazing health benefits that I have mentioned here. It is best to get into the habit of adding them to your salads or even just having them as a side to other dishes you eat. They are particularly good to eat paired with starches and proteins, as it will help you to digest these foods better. Try to add a bit of sauerkraut on top of your burger!
How to make fermented vegetables
Don’t eat store-bought fermented foods with preservatives. I recommend making your own at home. It is easy and cheap to make your own sauerkraut.
Before you start making sauerkraut, do wash everything including your hands.
Follow this link to go to a basic recipe http://www.thekitchn.com/
Below are 7 links to more advanced recipes, just click on the name of the recipe to get it.
Last but not least the Sauerkraut Club at http://www.sauerkrautrecipes.com/