Do you know what my first thought was when I heard the word fermented?
It doesn’t sound too appetizing does it?
I’m not sure if you’re thinking the same thing right now – so if you are, hear me out because this could really transform your health…
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So what are fermented foods?
They are foods that are left for a period of time in salt and their own juices to ferment and preserves the food.
In modern life we don’t need to preserve food because we have fridges and freezers.
So why on earth are so many people getting into fermenting their food in this modern age?
Simply because fermented foods improve your health and specifically your digestion.
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Have you ever heard the saying you are what you digest?
It’s so true.
No matter how healthy your diet is – if your body doesn’t digest the food properly it won’t absorb the nutrients and your health will suffer.
Adding a small amount of fermented foods to your meal is all that’s needed to give you robust digestion and great health.
The process of fermenting creates beneficial enzymes, b-vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids and a whole heap of different strains of probiotics.
We are seriously lacking in probiotics in our modern world because we no longer eat food directly from the land. And even if we did – the soil doesn’t contain the same level of nutrients that it once did.
So eating fermented foods is pretty essential – if you want great health and good functioning digestion.
So here are 10 of the best fermented food recipes to get you started on your fermented food journey.
I myself got out of the habit of making fermented foods, so this list is as much for me as it is for you. I will let you know in the future which of the recipes I have tried.
10 Best Fermented Foods Recipes
Keep in mind that in order to reap the health benefits and amazing probiotics of sauerkraut, it needs to be raw. Unfortunately, the canned, cooked, storebought varies will not have the same benefits, since heat destroys most of the beneficial bacteria and enzymes.
~Jill, THE PRAIRIE HOMESTEAD
You are 2 household ingredients away from a jar of fermented carrots teeming with gut nourishing probiotics, enzymes, and B vitamins!
~RENEE, RAISING GENERATION NOURISHED
#4 Beet Kvass
Beet kvass is a tonic that cleanses the blood and helps detoxify the liver. As a fermented drink, it also aids in digestion. It is rich in B-complex vitamins such as niacin, pantothenic acid, pyridoxine and minerals such as iron, manganese, copper, potassium and magnesium.
~TIFFANY, COCONUT MAMA
#5 Water Kefir
Reminiscent of lemonade, yet milder and less acidic, water kefir or tibicos is a traditional fermented drink. Like most fermented foods and beverages, water kefir is rich in beneficial bacteria and food enzymes.
~JENNY, NOURISHED KITCHEN
Making kombucha in your own kitchen is an easy and nutritious way to reap health benefits associated with fermented foods. This kombucha recipe is super simple. With just four ingredients, you’ll be on your way to enjoying this trendy and healthy drink in no time–and without paying the high price of store-bought kombucha.
There are no fancy tricks or expensive equipment involved here. Just 2 simple ingredients required!
~DANA, MINIMALIST BAKER
Like smoothies, lemonades and few pantry staples, turns out the best apple cider vinegar is homemade!
~CHRIS, TALES OF A KITCHEN
GLUTEN FREE SOURDOUGH BREAD, ARTISAN STYLE
~DONIELLE, NATURAL FERTILITY AND WELLNESS
There are just a few simple steps to growing sunflower sprouts.
~AMY, SUPER HEALTHY KIDS
Which recipe are you going to try next?
Leave me a comment and let me know.
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