If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to add more probiotics to your diet, try drinking water kefir! Water kefir is dairy free, vegan friendly and rich in probiotics. You’d never know this tasty beverage can contain more than 50 different beneficial bacterial and yeast strains and up to a billion CFUs per milliliter! (CFU stands for colony-forming unit, which simply refers to the number of live and active microorganisms that can be found in each serving of the probiotic you are consuming.)
Research is showing a lot of promise for this healthy beverage and its ability to enhance immune function, reduce inflammation and potentially aid in cancer prevention.
If you’re a fan of fermented treats but don’t follow a vegan or vegetarian diet, milk kefir might be just the thing for you! This fermented milk drink cultured from kefir grains is rich in calcium, protein and B vitamins. Scientists have identified more than 61 different microorganisms in milk kefir, which makes it a potent source of probiotics.
Many people are unable to properly digest the natural sugar in dairy. This natural sugar, called lactose, is broken down by the lactic acid bacteria in milk kefir, which makes the fermented beverage generally well tolerated by the many of us who have a lactose intolerance.
Recent studies have shown that milk kefir can help boost your immune system, help alleviate digestive problems, help to improve bone health and may even help combat cancer.
Milk kefir can be enjoyed as a drink, as a yogurt alternative, as an ingredient in cold soups, or as a substitute for buttermilk when baking!
All fermented foods offer nutrition as well as beneficial bacteria and yeast, so why drink kombucha?
I would argue it is the versatility of this tasty ferment that is its greatest appeal. Kombucha can be brewed more sweet or more sour, depending on your preferences, and it can be flavored with just about anything. Spicy, savory, or sweet, it all works! You can enjoy a glass of kombucha at all hours of the day and it can take the place of many less healthy and most costly beverages.
Kombucha is a fermented tea that has been consumed for thousands of years. While more known for its probiotic benefits, kombucha is also rich in polyphenols (antioxidants) and acetic acid. Which means consuming kombucha regularly will help your body fight damaging free radicals and bacterial infections. While it may take a little time to acquire a taste for this probiotic powerhouse, it is well worth it!
This super tasty Korean dish know for its spice typically uses cabbage as the main ingredient, but other vegetables can also be used. Kimchi contains LAB (lactic acid bacteria), which are getting a lot of press lately for their roles in improving the nutritional value of food, controlling intestinal infections, aiding in digestion of dairy products, as well as helping to control types of cancer and serum cholesterol levels. With claims like this, kimchi is moving from side dish to centerstage on many people’s plates!
Sauerkraut is very nutritious and rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin C, Vitamin K2 and iron.
The probiotics in sauerkraut not only promote healthy gut flora but also act alongside Vitamin C, and iron to contribute to a stronger immune system. Sauerkraut not only promotes healthy gut flora, it is believed to also increase the absorption of mood-regulating minerals from your diet. These minerals help to reduce stress and maintain brain health. The fiber, probiotics and Vitamin K2 content in sauerkraut may contribute to lower cholesterol levels, slight improvements in blood pressure, and overall lower risk of heart disease. Furthermore, Vitamin K2 activates two proteins whose function is to bind calcium, the main mineral found in bones, thus helping to promote healthier, stronger bones. To maximize these benefits try eating a little bit of sauerkraut each day!
Are you ready to try it?
It’s raw, it’s vegan and it’s packing some serious probiotics to help restore and balance your gut microbiota. The MCTs (medium-chain triglycerides) and fiber in coconut meat may benefit weight loss, heart health, digestion, brain health, blood sugar levels, and immunity. Using organic young Thai coconut flesh we create a deliciously creamy dairy alternative.
Cheese is one of those foods that people love so much they choose to ignore any downside. But the truth is, when it comes to gut health, dairy is a mixed bag; it helps in some ways and hinders in others. This is why nutrition experts are encouraging the consumption of fermented dairy over traditional options. Moreover, there are many people, like myself, that don’t agree with mass human consumption of animal milk and the industry it has created.
This is not to say there isn’t a cheese out there for everyone. I continue to challenge myself and create a variety of organic, raw, nut-based cheeses that anyone can enjoy. Come in and see what we flavors have to offer!
Here we will regularly feature a new recipe for our fellow fermentation enthusiasts. Ingredients will be available at our shop, local organic grocer, and, of course, many from your kitchen!
The world of fermentation is vast and rich in history. When one chooses to study this craft they discover the immense possibilities with recipes originating from all corners of the earth and dating back more than 1,000 years. At Totally Gutted we will endeavor to continue to provide you with new fermented goodies as the seasons change and recipes are perfected.
Stay tuned for new additions!