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