FRIENDLY FERMENTS

House-made apple, carrot, purple cabbage sauerkraut.

House-made apple, carrot, purple cabbage sauerkraut.

Our market has all sorts of fermented goodies to choose from. We make our yogurt from scratch and always have a batch of kimchi or carrot-apple-purple cabbage kraut on the go in our kitchen. Apart from the fact that these foods taste delightful, they promise all sorts of nutritional benefits. Since our expertise is in making things taste delicious, we reached out to an expert on nutrition to tell us a bit about why we should be eating these foods. Courtney Stuart Laurie is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist and the founder of Smart Fuel Nutritional Consulting and she has been kind enough to give us the scoop on why fermented foods are our friends. Over to you, Courtney...

A healthy dollop of house-made yogurt makes the perfect companion for our house-made granola.

A healthy dollop of house-made yogurt makes the perfect companion for our house-made granola.

Fermented foods have been around for thousands of years, but it hasn’t been until recently that my taste buds have started to enjoy kefir, kombucha, kimchi and sauerkraut.

Fermented foods are naturally processed when good bacteria feed on the sugar and starch in the underlying ingredients (veggies, fruit, dairy, tea), creating lactic acid.  This process preserves food, but also creates omega 3’s, probiotics, and b vitamins. Plus, fermented food is more easily digested and improves the health of your gut, digestive function, skin and mood!

Probiotics improve bowel health, aid digestion, and strengthen the immune system. By having the proper balance of gut bacteria and ample digestive enzymes, the body can more efficiently break down and absorb nutrients and create a protective lining in your intestines to guard against invading pathogens.

Did you know that over 70% of our immune systems live in our guts? It only makes sense to take care of gut health by boosting good bacteria and providing the essential vitamins, minerals and healthy fats it needs to function optimally.

Our Daily Brett has a great selection of house-made yogurt, kimchi and sauerkraut. They also sell 05 Tea Kombucha from Vancouver and Brew Dr. Kombucha (Nutritonic is my favourite flavour). If you’re not familiar with Kombucha, it acts as an appetite suppressant, energizer, digestive aid, and immune stimulant. This fermented tea provides a healthy dose of antioxidants, live and active cultures, probiotics and enzymes.

Having a jar of kimchi in your fridge is a great way to add fermented veggies to your favourite dishes (add to scrambled eggs or put a scoop on the side of your plate as a side dish).

Having a jar of kimchi in your fridge is a great way to add fermented veggies to your favourite dishes (add to scrambled eggs or put a scoop on the side of your plate as a side dish).