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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Easy Five Ingredient Cauliflower Miso Dip with Camelina Oil [Vegan, GF]

Five Ingredient Cauliflower Miso Dip - Vegan, Gluten Free

What is Camelina Oil you ask? Let me share with you one of our very own Canadian oils, grown from ancient Camelina Seeds, a relative of the mustard family originating from Northern Europe. It also happens to have one of the highest smoke points of available oils. That about sums it up, except I need to mention that it tastes fantastic! I decided to include it in this Easy Five Ingredient Cauliflower and Miso Dip because of just that. It has an earthy and nutty flavour which goes well with the miso in this blended vegan dip, and I love topping it with chickpeas that have been roasted in the Camelina Oil for a double dip of this healthy fat. This Five Ingredient Cauliflower and Miso Dip is just in time for the holidays because if you are like me quick and easy is a must at this time of year.

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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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