I love learning all the new things about fitness and nutrition that I have been lately. Last weeks big find…
We are talking things like pickles, sauerkraut, kefir and even fermented salsa! Now don’t get me wrong I am not trying to re-invent the wheel here but I had NO idea how great fermented foods were for you. In my new “brain preservation” quest (my grandmother and now my Mom have both suffered from Alzheimer’s/dementia so I am on a quest to save mine) I have been discovering there is a HUGE healthy gut / brain connection. Healthy Gut = healthier brain!
So out went the gluten and wheat and in came low carb foods, healthy fats like coconut oil and now these great fermented foods.
What’s so great about fermented foods? Well check this out:
- Improves Digestion
- Rich in enzymes (enzymes help digest, absorb and utilize the nutrients in the foods you eat)
- Fermented food lasts a long time (for months even!)
- Fermented foods are fairly inexpensive
I have been including sauerkraut in my diet for over a week now. Its tasty, healthy and low carb too! My Bubbies brand (I have no affiliation with the company) has just 5 calories per 1/4 cup and only 1 carb. Total healthy gut score!
Next up I am going to make homemade pickles. My Babcia (grandmother in Polish) always had homemade pickles on hand and we just couldn’t get enough of them! We probably went thru two jars every time we visited her. See Babcia really does not best 🙂