Fermented foods are getting a lot more attention these days than they have in the past. For good reason too, it seems. They may smell a bit strong, but that’s due to the fermentation process, which is where all the magic happens. Fermented foods are great for your digestion and the entire process helps preserve nutrients in the food. You can find many of these items at your typical grocery store, but health foods stores also stock them. Try out as many as you like to find the ones that please your palate the most.
There’s no reason for sauerkraut to top my list of fermented foods other than that it’s my favorite. I love a heap of sauerkraut on my hot dog, but it also works well with pork chops or pork roast. The delicious flavor just blends so well with it. Sauerkraut is super easy to find at any grocery store and it’s affordable too. Give it a try – I promise you won’t be sorry.
Kefir is similar to yogurt, but is more like a beverage than a snack. Some people who are lactose intolerant can tolerate kefir, so it’s a great choice for almost anyone. Look for it where the yogurt and milk are sold at your grocery store. It often comes in several flavors, so you can sample different varieties.
Kimchi is a blend of fermented vegetables and spices that is extremely prevalent in Korean cuisine. Cabbage plays a big role, but there are a variety of other ingredients that give the item a pleasing flavor and texture. You can pretty much use kimchi on anything you’d put sauerkraut on, but it also goes great on other things too. Just try it with different dishes and see what you like.
This fermented drink is a type of black tea that is fizzy and loaded with the good bacteria that your gut relies on to stay healthy and functioning as it should. It comes bottled at some health food stores, but many people make it at home. Look for recipes online and you’ll be well on your way.
Miso is a great soup ingredient and is made from fermented soybeans. You can also use it to add flavor to side dishes. Miso is easy to find and easy to use, so don’t be afraid to give it a go sometime. In addition to its gut benefits, miso is also loaded with lots of other nutrients your body needs for good overall health.
I love, love, love pickles and they often get a bad rap for their salt content. While it’s true that you have to be careful of that, pickles do offer the benefits that other fermented foods do. Made from cucumbers, pickles are low in calories and have zero fat and can really add loads of flavor to your cooking. If you’re wary of fermented foods, ease into them with pickles.
7. Coconut Yogurt
This version of yogurt is made from coconut milk rather than cow’s milk, so it’s a great choice for people that can’t tolerate traditional dairy. It tastes great topped with a bit of fruit and a drizzle of honey for flavor. Use it to make smoothies or simply enjoy it with your morning granola.
Did you know fermented foods are such a great choice? Do you like any of the foods on this list? I enjoy them all, so I guess my gut thanks me for making good dietary decisions.