I have been eating a lot of sauerkraut this summer. I am not sure why I am craving so much sauerkraut, but health experts believe that as your body (and gut) heals itself…even your cravings become healthier. This must be the case with me. My “bad” (unhealthy) cravings have almost disappeared these last few weeks. I have been limiting the amount of gluten I eat (almost none) and I can really see an improvement in my overall health~ physical, mental, and emotional. The days I slip and eat a little gluten, my body has an immediate negative reaction. My goal over the next few weeks and months is to be totally gluten free. I am getting there~ one step at a time!
Back to the sauerkraut. I have never really been a big fan of sauerkraut and now I am putting it on everything! (And no I am NOT pregnant~ just in case you were wondering :)) Nourishing Traditions has a great recipe on homemade sauerkraut and I have made it a few times. I also love making it w/o the whey and adding only water, cabbage, and sea salt. That is my favorite recipe so far. Here is my favorite brand from the store. 3 simple ingredients.
Why is sauerkraut so healthy?
“Cabbage offers a host of health benefits. It is high in vitamins A and C. Studies have shown the cruciferous vegetables can help lower cholesterol levels. Cabbage also provides a rich source of phytonutrient antioxidants. In addition, it has anti-inflammatory properties, and some studies indicate it may help combat some cancers. However, this already helpful vegetable becomes a superfood when it is pickled.
Sauerkraut provides a high density source of a wide range of beneficial live bacteria which assist in the digestive process. Consuming a serving of sauerkraut can give your body as much of a health boost as many of the expensive probiotic drinks and supplements sold in stores. However, most commercially sold sauerkraut have lost most of their beneficial bacterial organisms. To gain the most benefits from sauerkraut, you may want to purchase it freshly made, or learn how to make your own.”
The healthiest sauerkraut is made from home, but there are a few great options at the store. Just make sure there are LIVE CULTURES in the kraut. This brand that I buy has little bubbles at the bottom. That is a good indicator of live cultures. I love my good bacteria! Keeps me healthy and strong~ and feeling GREAT.
~ Green Boot Girl