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Purely Love: Fermented Foods

This week (and every week) we are Purely Loving fermented foods! These powerful foods provide “good bacteria” to the gut, helping to ease digestion, enhance immunity and decrease inflammation in the body. Almost 80 percent of your immune system exists in your gut, so having a healthy digestive system is crucial to your immune system and defending against disease. Fermented foods also provide enzymes that help to better absorb minerals, vitamins and nutrients.

Fermented foods include miso, tempeh, sauerkraut, kombucha, kimchi, cultured veggie and fermented milk, such as yogurt and kefir. Besides being great for you, these foods are also quite tasty and should be incorporated in your daily diet! Here are some of our favorites:

Purely Love Fermented Foods

Kimchi: A reddish fermented cabbage (or radish) made with a mix of garlic, salt and spices. How do you eat it? Get creative — kimchi soup, kimchi pancakes, dumplings, spring rolls or even add them to quesadillas!

Brand to try: Farmhouse Culture Kimchi: raw + organic

Sauerkrat: Sauerkrat is a slightly sour fermented cabbage. Sauerkrat contains natural isothiocyanate compounds (such as sulforaphane), which have cancer-fighting properties and is packed with beneficial bacteria.

Brand to try: Real Pickles Organic Sauerkrat: 100% organic

Kombucha: A fermented drink made with tea, sugar, bacteria and yeast. Sounds gross… but actually tastes sweet and refreshing! Kombucha is both probitioc and antioxidant rich.

Brand to try: GT’s Organic Raw Kombucha: 100% raw + organic

Miso: Miso is a fermented soybean paste originating in Japan. Although miso is usually made from soybeans, it can also be produced from rice, barley or wheat by adding a yeast mold (known as “koji”) and other ingredients that are allowed to ferment. So be sure to look for the gluten free variety. Miso is high in protein, b12, zinc and trace minerals. Traditionally miso is used as a healing tonic, great for digestion and immunity.

Brand to try: South River Miso: hand-crafted + certified organic

Pickles + fermented veggies: Rich in vitamins, enzymes and good bacteria. Watch out for varieties containing high sodium levels and preservatives.

Brand to try: Ricks’ Picks Pickles: low sodium + all-natural with no artificial colors or preservatives

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Click here for more on fermented foods + a tasty recipe for Tempeh Lettuce Tacos.

6 Comments Post a comment
  1. Crista #

    drinking kombucha right now! yummy.

    June 20, 2013
  2. Elizabeth Capozzi #

    FYI, my latest bag of Fig/Pumpkin granola has had quite a few pieces of a very hard substance which I am assuming is a pit. I know this is not typical but though I’d let you know. It was purchased at Whole Foods at E Houston, NYC. Thank you! Elizabeth Capozzi

    Sent from my iPhone

    June 20, 2013
    • Hi Elizabeth,

      So sorry about that!! Thank you for letting us know, we would love to send you some granola. Please email caroline@purelyelizabeth.com with your mailing address.

      Have a good weekend and enjoy this beautiful weather!

      June 21, 2013

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