Fermented foods sounds like the office refrigerator when people forget about their plastic containers of food until they smell strange and turn green. But in reality, fermented foods are both healthy and tasty.
Made of various ingredients, fermented foods contain probiotics which increase the good bacteria in your body. As a result, they can help with digestive health and immune health, and they may even help you lose weight.
One popular example is sauerkraut. Try a heaping tablespoonful on your veggies or use it to top your cheese omelet. Woodstock Farms Organic Sauerkraut has only five calories in two tablespoons.
For something different, try kombucha. This fermented tea contains a variety of beneficial bacteria. Different flavors are available, such as Kombucha Wonder Drink Asian Pear and Ginger Organic Sparkling Fermented Tea.
Picky palates may be pleased by pickles. Made from cucumbers and then fermented, they come in a variety of flavors, but use caution with the sweetened varieties and avoid ones made with corn syrup. Try Woodstock Farms organic dill pickles.
Miso has a variety of benefits and is low in calories. Look for a version low in sodium, such as Edward & Sons Reduced Sodium Miso Cup® Soup™.
And for an additional dose of good bacteria, experiment with spicy Kimchi. For a flavorful lunch, try Annie Chun’s Kimchi Soup Bowl.