20140131-112718.jpg It must be the season, I'm so into fermented veg right now. Mother nature does not mess around, sauerkraut is amazing for digestion, as it's a natural probiotic, plus it has lots of antioxidants and B vitamins. Plus it's touted as the viagra of choice for most of Eastern Europe.... I've been using leftover cabbage to make kraut, it's pretty hard to use a whole head in good time at home so cut off a chunk and keep it in a baggie then use the rest to make sauerkraut. Spicy Good Kraut 3/4 head red cabbage, shredded (or whole head) 1 tbsp mineral salt 2 tsp my spice OR cayenne (optional) Shred cabbage thinly as possible in a food processor, dump into a large bowl and massage, punch, squeeze and love that cabbage until it's limp and there is lots of juice. Place in a very clean jar and pack it tightly so the liquid rises above the cabbage. You'll want to leave it on a shelf for about 3-4 days, prop the jar lid on top to keep the kraut clean but not sealed. It will ferment naturally, magic!

  Let's talk probiotics. Did you know that it means "For life", as opposed to Antibiotics which mean "against life"? This sh*t is soooo good for you. Probiotics are essential to basic human nutrition. They are live microorganisms (in most cases, bacteria) that are similar to the beneficial microorganisms naturally found in the human gut. These “good bacteria” are used to prevent and alleviate many different conditions. Where can you find good probiotics? In fermented foods like miso, kimchi, sauerkraut and kombucha. Another option is in supplement format via fridges in any good health store. Oh yes, don't be fooled by the easy pill format on the shelf. These puppies have to be 'live' to be effective so only get ones that need to be refrigerated. N.b. Ditch the greek yogurt for your probiotic intake, the stuff is so toxic to our environment it far outweighs any good it does in your body.

  While some enjoy smoking crack, I on the other hand have been eating kimchi like it is crack. Mixed with a bowl of warm long grain brown rice, avocado oil and mineral salt... oh yummy yum. And while I'm not about to list the benefits of eating kimchi over smoking crack, I will tell you a few good reasons why you should consider including kimchi in your diet once in a while.
  1. Low in calories, high in fiber
  2. Loaded with minerals and vitamins C, B1 and B12
  3. Vegan friendly source of probiotic (ditch the green yogurt already)
  4. Its raw, fermented, sour, spicy deliciousness
When you're buying or making kimchi be sure there is no added sugars, fish sauce or other chemicals. There is no need to add this extra stuff, the fermented veggies with natural seasoning like garlic and ginger does the job perfectly.