Monday, March 1, 2010

Sauerkraut: Getting My Probiotics

For the past couple weeks, my lower tummy has felt bloated & sore, like there's a brick sitting in the bottom of it. Cutting back on nuts & seeds and eating pretty much just fruit & veggies thinking that might help, I've been feeling really miserable and anti-social. I mean really, who wants to go out and visit people when they feel like crap?
I finally realized what I was doing to help the situation obviously wasn't working, so I talked to J, a nutritionist (and fellow raw foodie) that I work with. Her suggestion was probiotics. While she also gave them to me in a natural pill form, I was wondering about foods that I could be eating on a regular basis. Miso, I knew, is one of them, but she told me sauerkraut is another. I had honestly never tried the pickled cabbage before. We sell it at work, in its "live" (raw) state, so I bought some. I went home and was starting to feel better from my probiotic pill, but got late-night munchies at around 10. Usually, I'm wanting fruit or some sort of fat (nuts or chocolate), but all I wanted was veggies & sauerkraut. I hadn't even tried it yet, but I was craving it.
I started prepping my salad; mixed greens, sesame seeds for added calcium, beets, and carrots. All I wanted pretty much were root veggies. For a dressing, I used 2 tsp Vega Antioxidant Oil Blend and 2 tsp balsamic vinegar.
I opened my jar of sauerkraut. Sniffed it. Poked it. Tasted it. Died and went to heaven. I have been living under a rock. I loooooooove sauerkraut!! I put liberal amounts of it in my salad (though it's hidden under the beets and carrots in the picture), and have been devouring it for days. Because I eat in my room, it smells strongly of pickled cabbage. I don't even care.
So while there is no recipe to post for this (as I have yet to learn the art of pickling veggies), I thought it would be important to point out the importance of probiotics. These friendly bacteria help keep your digestive system clean and happy, which is something we all need.


westcoastsoul said...

I love sauerkraut! I first tried it in Poland a couple of weeks ago. Mmmm :D

Char said...

Two of my raw foodie friends said they love it mixed with I'mma try that next! Sounds delicious :D

westcoastsoul said...

I just eat it by itself haha.

katriona said...

lol Char you're hilarious. I've never tried the stuff but I like pickles... i'll have to try them.

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