Good probiotic foods can make the difference between feeling on top of the world, or having a bad day!
Years ago I started adding probiotic foods into my diet, and these days I can’t imagine a day going past without them.
Originally I thought probiotics had to be bought in capsules. Oh dear, how I hate swallowing capsules. I don’t seem to have ever been able to conquer doing so.
My main source of potential probiotics was through yoghurt. Of-course I knew there were “good” yogurts and “hopeless” yogurts in the market place, and bought accordingly. Naturally I went for plain unsweetened yoghurt that didn’t contain all the sweeteners and fillings the flavoured ones usually do. It’s so easy to add some fruit, a little Maple Syrup or raw Honey etc… why buy artificially made? To what end? It’s so unnecessary.
There are a couple of words that tend to be used to mean the same thing… ‘cultured or fermented’.
If you don’t like the word ‘fermented’, think of them as ‘cultured’.
It’s possible to make many cultured foods within the comfort of your own home. Is it hard? Not what I do… but I haven’t made everything.
More Exciting Ways
Gradually it came to my attention that there were other ways to provide me and my family with probiotics.
I was quite excited when I realized I could actually make them at home.
Years ago I had bought a sauerkraut in a tin and thought it was really horrible. Ugh! No thanks… I’d go without sauerkraut if that’s what it tastes like. Then I read online somewhere that if you’ve only tried tinned sauerkraut and didn’t like it, you owe it to yourself to try a home-made version. Well, long story short… I made my own and loved it! Now I keep some in the fridge all the time.
That was the beginning… I’ve since moved out into other things and am looking forward to trying others.
I now regularly make at home…(to name a few)
- Kombucha (Not all the time)
- Milk Kefir (Sometimes I buy a nice variety I’ve found)
- Water Kefir (My favourite and so easy to make!)
- Sauerkraut (Only ever eat what I make at home)
- Various cultured vegs (Whatever I’ve got on hand and have the whim to do)
I don’t have them running all the time, but there is always a variety of something on the way.
Lately I saw online where someone was making a probiotic out of rice. It took my interest so I decided to make some. It’s really easy to do and I end up with heaps of it. It’s great for all kinds of places… spraying around the garbage bins, spraying the toilet… etc. etc. Very handy and sooooo very cheap.
As I said, I love Water Kefir! I don’t ever like to be without it. You can make all kinds of flavours and two of my most frequent are mint and ginger. Tastes just like Ginger Beer. The mint is also so refreshing… beautiful.
Good Probiotic Foods are Easy to make at Home
Making them at home is not only a cheaper method of obtaining probiotics for you and your family, but from what I understand, each one contains different strains of bacteria. The super good news is that apparently there’s a lot more good bacteria in the foods you prepare at home then is in a lot of the capsules you buy.
You can easily find sites online that tell you how to make many kinds of probiotics. If you go down that road, you’ll find them fun to make, and really, it’s very satisfying to have good probiotic foods to add into your diet.
Please share your favourite fermented/cultured foods with me… I’d love to hear about it. Leave a message in the comments below.
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