Chinese Fermented Sweet Rice
Kick a cold, flu, tummy ache or simply soothe a sweet craving with this uniquely flavorful soup dish. This recipe requires just two ingredients and the rice is gluten-free.
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Black Garlic Tofu
Don't be alarmed by the black hue. Black garlic is relatively mild in flavor. It's also an easy way to add a ton of flavor with minimal calories.
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Greek Yogurt Pancakes
Delicate, crispy on the edges and packed with actual nutritional value, Greek yogurt pancakes are a great weekend brunch idea. Add fresh berries for an added antioxidant boost.
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Pickled Beet and Goat Cheese Salad With Maple Roasted Pecans
This low-calorie, flavor-packed dish is a great light lunch option. It combines leafy greens with beets, chèvre goat cheese, maple roasted pecans, dill, olive oil, balsamic reduction and a little pickled beet juice.
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Spicy Kimchi Quinoa Bowl
This protein-packed dish will take less than 15 minutes to make and it's a great option for vegetarians. To take this recipe up a notch, you can opt to make your own kimchi.
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Healthy Baked Pickles
This recipe was showcased by Dr. Oz, who highlighted it for its weight loss properties. For example, 12 onion rings have about 350 calories whereas 30 of these baked pickles only have about 72 calories.
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These cultured apples are a sweet and tangy snack option packed with probiotics and antioxidants. This is a simple recipe with many optional add-ons.
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Coconut is a great dairy alternative and it has a creamy texture, which makes it great for cooking and baking as well. It also has a subtle sweet flavor that makes it a great midday snack since it won't cause a blood sugar spike.
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Kefir Chai Latte
Start your morning with a blend of caffeine, cinnamon and probiotics via this unique chai recipe. Unlike most store-bought varieties, this one is free of thickeners, artificial sweeteners and emulsifiers. You can even make your own almond/coconut milk if you have the time.
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Zucchini and Sweet Potato Cultured Vegetables
Having healthy and filling snacks on hand when in a pinch is key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Make a large batch of this kraut and never go hungry as it can be kept in a covered airtight jar in the refrigerator for up to nine months.
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Forget lemonade, the next time you need a refreshing drink, reach for this probiotic-rich beverage. Easy to make, you can also buy it if you're crunched for time.
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Pineapple Turmeric Sauerkraut and Gut Shots
A unique take on a traditional fermented food, this sauerkraut dish is a tangy and sweet concoction that is rich in anti-inflammatory probiotics. Bonus: It looks awesome in a mason jar.
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Teriyaki Tempeh and Green Beans
An easy, crowd-pleasing dish, you can whip up this vegetarian meal in 15 minutes. While teriyaki tends to be very salty, the flavor is balanced by the nuttiness of the tempeh.
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Miso-Glazed Grilled Zucchini
Healthy and easy, this is a two-minute, four-ingredient miso glaze recipe you can use on any grilled vegetable, fish or meat. The miso, a fermented soybean paste, will add a salty flavor, so go easy on any additional salty condiments.
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Now you can savor the flavors of your favorite berries all year round without opting for canned or frozen options. Better yet, you'll benefit from lots of antioxidants.
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Spicy Fermented Pineapple
Add some kick to your sweet fruit with this spicy pineapple recipe. Only a few ingredients are required and the only part that is a bit time consuming is actually cutting the pineapple.
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Turns out farm fresh isn’t the only way to stay healthy. Fermented foods are the latest It group being touted by nutrition experts. Rich in probiotics — aka the healthy bacteria that gives yogurt its good reputation — fermented foods are great for digestion and immunity (80 percent of your immune system is located in your gut), both of which may help boost weight loss.
So, what exactly does fermentation entail? Fermentation occurs when whole foods (cabbage, carrots, cucumbers, celery, pineapple, etc.) are steeped in salt water or their own juice until bacteria starts to grow. This bacteria, in turn, turns the sugars and carbs found in these whole foods into compounds like lactic acid (the acid responsible for the sour taste you experience when eating fermented ingredients). The result is a treasure chest of good-for-your-gut bacteria because when the bacteria starts eating away at the carbs and sugar causing the pH levels to drop and the lactic acid levels to go up, the bad bacteria can’t survive. Better yet, promising new research is showing that having a healthy gut isn’t only great for digestion, but it can impact everything from your cravings and your mood to how you store fat.
Above, 16 easy-to-make fermented food recipes to help improve your diet.