By Carl Hanson

The health benefits of fermented foods like kimchi and sauerkraut aren't much of a secret anymore. The short story is, fermented veggies contain loads of good stuff, including probiotics, which play a part in maintaining gut health. And gut health has positive health implications beyond the gut. If you're looking to slip fermented foods into meals, here are a few ways to get the job done.

9 Ways To Add Fermented Foods into Your Diet

Pro Tip: Because fermented foods contain living organisms, when you can, add them to recipes after cooking, like a garnish.

1. Add a little kraut or kimchi to breakfast burritos or scrambles.

Chorizo Breakfast Burritos | Photo by Okinawan Princess

2. Slip a forkful into lunch wraps and sandwiches.

Asian Lettuce Wraps | Photo by Chefd

3. Add some kimchi or sauerkraut to grilled cheese sandwiches.

Grilled Cheese Sandwich | Photo by Buckwheat Queen

4. Make this tofu soup with fermented miso paste.

Photo by Linda T.

5. Add sauerkraut to coleslaws and potato salads.

Photo by Caroline C

6. Stir a forkful of fermented veggies into sauces for salmon, tuna, or crab fish cakes. Easy and delicious.

Chef John's Fresh Salmon Cakes | Photo by Chef John

7. Add a few forkfuls of kimchi to stir-fries and rice bowls.

Cauliflower Fried Rice |Photo by bd.weld

8. Top off green salads with fermented veggies.

Almond Mandarin Salad | Photo by SunnyByrd

9. We didn't forget the dogs! Add kimchi or kraut to hot dogs and burgers.

Chicago-Style Hot Dog | Photo by NobodysGirl

Once you start adding fermented foods to recipes, you realize there's kind of no limit.


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