Happy Monday. Hope you had a wonderful weekend and Easter! Anyone sick (literally) of Easter candy yet? Haha. Well, if you are , then you might like this post. We’re talking fermented foods and how they REBOOT your gut.
Plus I can’t go very long without professing my love for my favorite fermented drink, Kombucha! I might as well talk about it more along with some other fermented food recipes. Sound good?
Okay, let’s get focused.
First….. Why do I (we) love fermented foods?
Well, I think the statement below explains it all.
The gut is the largest part of our immune system,” explains Drew Ramsey, M.D., author of The Happiness Diet and 50 Shades of Kale.
Did you catch that? The gut, it’s the where our real healing begins. So we need to FEED it right. Yes?
But what does this gut need for food? It needs bacteria (good bacteria) to feed on! And that’s where fermented foods come into play.
Fermented Food Examples:
- Kefir (yogurt and water)
- Pickled Cucumbers
Fermented foods go through what’s known as lactofermentation. Lactofermentation is when natural bacteria feed on the sugar and starch in the food and create lactic acid. This then preserves the nutrients in the food such as b-vitamins, probiotics, omega 3 fatty acids, and even certain enzymes. So you see, fermented food actually FEEDS US more by FEEDING the gut more nutrients that are sustainable and digestible.
Ahh haa!!! Now you know why Kombucha plays a big part in MAINTAINING my gut health –> IMMUNITY!
New Cotter Brew flavor Mango Guava. Made from the Komucha Brooklyn starter Kit.
And speaking of Kombucha Brookyln , these amazing folks sent me their home brew kit along with their new Kombucha recipe book and a few bottles of their delicious brew!.
I loved them all, but GRAPE was probably my favorite.
The kit was so easy to use and came with everything you need to brew your own kombucha, including a scoby and glass container! I was impressed!
The directions were easy to follow and written right there on the box. So if you are wanting to try out kombucha brewing for the first time, I’d definitely check out the kit.
And for those of you who have been brewing for a while and dare to try new things, you must get this Kombucha recipe book.
The book is written by the CEO Eric Childs and his wife (and microbiologist) Jessica Childs. Eric is is a head committee member of Kombucha Brewers International, as well as one of the most knowledgeable persons in the Kombucha industry. Their book walks you through the kombucha brewing process, the flavoring, the double fermenting, and is filled with some pretty amazing komucha recipes like probiotic salsa and eggs poached in kombucha vinegar.
Now that’s some FUN FERMENTED FOOD! Not gonna lie, I was a little giddy thinking about all the strange but good recipes I could try out!
Okay, so maybe you’re new to fermented foods. Maybe you’re a bit intimidated. That’s okay because I’ve got some basic fermented recipes to share from fellow fermented food lover bloggers.
- Wellness Mama – Water Kefir Soda
- Lean Green Bean (guest post) – All things Fermented and other great facts
- Purely Twins- How to make fermented veggies and avocado sauerkraut mash
- Fit Foodie Finds – Strawberry Coconut Dip
- Cotter Crunch – Super Fruit Smoothie and making a scoby from Scratch
- Korean Kimchi -similar to Sauerkraut
- Run To the Finish- Super food Chocolate Chia Kefir pudding
And feel free to check out more on my GET “CULTURED” pinterest Board.
Well, you ready to try out some fermented foods?
I promise, they are MARVELOUS!
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Disclosure: I received complimentary Kombucha Brooklyn Book and kit to review. I promise my opinions are 100% my own.