Health Benefits of Fermented Foods – 9 Common Fermented Foods You Have At Home

Health Benefits of Fermented Foods - Asian Salad with Tempeh and Ginger Sesame Dressing

Fermenting foods was first used as a means of food preservation before times of refrigeration and grocery stores. Most of us now associate eating fermented foods with improved gut health, and evidence shows that gut health can play an important role in metabolism, immunity, inflammation, mood, allergies, as well as autoimmune disorders. Unfortunately fermented foods have all but disappeared in our newly sterile, overly-processed world of food, and what our current Western-style diet lacks, traditional diets thrive on. In Asia they consume tempeh and miso, both from fermented soy. In the Caucasus Mountains it is kefir from fermented milk. In Africa they enjoy fermented porridge and cassava. In Korea it is Kimchi and in Germany it is Sauerkraut. Does our health suffer when our modern day diet lacks fermented foods? What are the health benefits of fermented foods? Here are my top 9 common fermented foods you have at home.
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Blueberry Kefir Post-Workout Snack

Recipe for High Protein Blueberry Kefir Post Workout Smoothie

Every day there is new research emerging on the importance of our gut and resident microbes. From influencing the risk of diabetes to obesity, and anxiety to depression, we know that our tiny little microbes rule our world and we are just starting to understand how to keep them happy. Kefir is a fermented milk drink which contains a large number of beneficial bacteria; aiming for at least one fermented food a day is a good habit to get into and helps ensure a healthy colony of good bacteria is residing in our gut. Alongside the beneficial bacteria, this Blueberry Kefir Post-Workout Snack also has the perfect ratio of carbohydrates and proteins for a post-workout snack. By offering a quick refuel and a load of beneficial bacterial this post-workout snack really can be, and should, enjoyed at any time of the day.
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Japanese Salad Bowls with a Miso Tahini Dressing and Brown Rice

Japanese Salad Bowls with a Miso Tahini Dressing and Brown Rice - Vegan Gluten Free

As summer comes to an end we reflect on the memories that were made and miracles that happened. It was a summer of non-stop adventures and what may have kept our stamina going was our multiple renditions of our nutrient packed salad bowls. I’ve already shared Sami’s Summer Tofu Salad Bowl with Brown Rice and a Glory Bowl Dressing, and then followed that up with the lighter alternative Light Summer Salad with a Garlic and Tahini Dressing. Now my love of Asian flavours has inspired this Japanese Salad Bowl served with a Miso Tahini Dressing and Brown Rice, just in time to see summer to it’s end.
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Sami’s Summer Tofu Salad with Glory Bowl Dressing

Samis Summer Salad Bowl with Glory Bowl Dressing

Every Thursday we get our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) vegetable box delivered and our fridge fills up with fresh kale, beets and carrots. And every Monday night, after a weekend of one too many wines and late night pizzas, our household gets the pleasure of Sami’s yummy salad bowl. I don’t know of any better way to get through the Monday blues than with a tummy full of fresh veggies and whole grains. This Summer Tofu Salad with Glory Bowl Dressing uses a play on the notorious Whitewater Cooks Glory Bowl Dressing… if you haven’t tried it yet you are in for a treat!

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