Raw, living fermented foods are very important to our diet. They produce enzymes that the body uses to digest and absorb the food that you eat. Think about your diet, how much of it is cooked? Everything in your ham and cheese sandwich has been cooked or processed, from the bread all the way through. In the morning breakfast cereals and pancakes are cooked, and in the evening casseroles and pastas are cooked for dinner. And the snacks in between? The chips and puddings and Jello jigglers are all processed.The average person only eats raw food when they eat fruit in the morning or in a salad at lunch or dinner, and even then the salad usually consists of just 2 or 3 vegetables tossed with greens. Raw food comes into your body with all of its nutrients and goodness intact, the vitamins haven’t been diminished through boiling, roasting or steaming. To up your raw food intake the first thing to do is buy a bunch of fruits and vegetables, buy raw almonds and pepitas. With a bounty of fresh, raw food on hand you can quickly incorporate more of it into your diet. Snack on raw nuts, add more veggies to your salads, start putting alfalfa sprouts on everything.
Now that you’re upping your raw intake we should add in the living fermented foods, we’re talking about sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha – these food items with the funny sounding names are incredible for your diet. Make kimchi and sauerkraut your new favourite condiments. Kombucha is a fermented tea that helps detoxify your body, the healthy bacteria it contains has been said to fight cancer. Eating kimchi or sauerkraut helps to restore the balance of healthy bacteria in your digestive tract. We all need that right? So let’s get started.
Here are some of my favourite raw recipes that are easy to make, and easy to incorporate a garnish of kimchi or sauerkraut into. Serve with a glass of kombucha and feel the magic!