Experts agree that getting the probiotics your body needs is as simple as eating two tablespoons of fermented food each day. Getting in enough “good bacteria" offers a wide range of health benefits, from boosting the immune system to easing allergies and digestive issues – all of which are essential to gut health. (Read the geeky science here.) We came up with a few original and delicious ways to incorporate probiotic foods, such as our sauerkraut, vegan kimchi, and fermented sriracha, into your everyday life so you don't think about it too much.
Here are easy ways to get more probiotic foods into your everyday life:
Making your own avocado toast at home helps save money, and you get to incorporate any toppings you wish. Start off with multigrain or sourdough bread from your local bakery, toast it, and scoop out a half of a ripe avocado. Top with our Organic Red Cabbage & Red Beet Sauerkraut or Raw Organic Green Sauerkraut and add sliced onions, or sprinkle some hemp seeds for a crunch.
Adding a tablespoon of Organic Red Cabbage & Red Beet Sauerkraut juice to your morning smoothie doesn’t change the flavor very much, but it can add a ton of probiotics. Blend up a plant-based smoothie with protein powder, almond milk, a handful of spinach, a tablespoon of our beet juice, a pinch of turmeric powder, a scoop of nut butter, and a banana (or low-glycemic berries) as you race to the office.
Take a shot in the A.M.! Our brine helps to boost your immune system first thing in the morning with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of cabbage and the other fresh produce we use in our kimchi and kraut.
Sauerkraut can be added to almost any homemade sandwich. Try a version of our favorite Reuben sandwich.
Or if you head out for lunch with coworkers, pack our Smoky Jalapeño Sriracha to share. Honestly, we are not opposed to keeping a bottle in your purse (or satchel) and adding it to your food when you visit a restaurant or eat lunch in the office kitchen (but store it in the fridge to maintain the benefits). Our sugar-free srirachas are the easiest way to get probiotics in your system at any time of the day. Post-meal, take a walk outside (bonus points if you bring a work friend). Sunshine, exercise, and a focus on protein- and probiotic-rich foods will get you through that 2 p.m. slump.
Summer salads are the perfect light option for lunchtime when the heat picks up, and they’re one of the easiest meals to make in bulk (make one big salad on Sunday afternoon and divide it into five smaller salads for each workday!). Or buy one pre-made at the store and add some produce probiotic goodness on top. But if you have a little time, here are some of our favorite recipes:
- Healthy Green Goddess Dressing is packed full of nutrients from the fresh herbs and probiotics from raw, fermented sauerkraut.
- This Super Food Salad is a protein-rich staple that you can throw together any night of the week with any of wildbrine’s krauts. Just leave out the chicken to make it vegetarian.
- Use our Organic Green Sauerkraut as a base for your favorite Salad Dressing; simply add olive oil and whatever seasonings tickle your fancy.
In addition to incorporating extra probiotics into weekday foods, there are plenty of opportunities to add fermented foods to your weekend.
Coleslaw is a staple for backyard potlucks and picnics. Add some probiotics to a sometimes unhealthy side dish by ditching the mayonnaise and making a Sauerkraut Slaw.
Keep the Organic Red Cabbage & Red Beet Sauerkraut out for a taco, burger, or hot dog bar next time you have company over – and don’t forget the bottle of Sriracha or Probiotic Salsa Verde. You can even make your own probiotic salsa by adding our Organic Raw Sauerkraut to pico de gallo or guacamole.
Have some kraut juice hanging out at the bottom of the jar? Use extra sauerkraut juices to marinate meats for your BBQ. The lactic acid in the fermented juice will help tenderize raw meat while infusing it with flavor.
And to top off a meal, try this recipe for Chocolate Sauerkraut Cake. Extra nutrition no one will know is there.
Do YOU have a creative way to incorporate fermented, probiotic-rich foods into your daily life? Share in the comments!