gut health

Eliminate sugar cravings with this food: KRAUT

fermented vegetables

FERMENTED VEGETABLES are the most perfect post-holiday food to help restore the gut and to stave off sugar cravings.

Lacto-fermentation of vegetables is a traditional method of preserving vegetables, producing enzymes that increase the digestibility of foods. Similarly, it creates a host of healthy flora throughout the intestines for slowing and reversing a variety of illnesses, improving digestion, strengthening immunity, clearing skin issues, and increasing energy. In preserving our food in this manner, it becomes our ally.

If you are new to fermented foods, start with one tablespoon of kraut or fermented vegetables with each meal, and work your way up from there. 

Get the recipe here. If you prefer to purchase your kraut or other fermented vegetables, make sure you purchase the raw and unpasteurized kind. You will find these in the refrigerated section of your local market.

Cinnamon Apple Cider

apple cider tonic

This is the perfect tonic for the holidays because it’s like drinking your mothers warm apple cider — but without refined sugar or any other preservatives or natural flavors most of us grew up drinking … and why is it perfect?

This tonic has 5 simple pantry ingredients: raw apple cider vinegar, water, honey, cinnamon, and ginger.

Why it’s good for you…

Raw apple cider vinegar allows your body to produce stomach acid and other digestive juices for proper digestion and assimilation of nutrients, nurtures your microbiome, balances your body’s pH, and gives you energy.

Cinnamon balances blood sugar levels, especially when eaten with carbs.

Ginger aids in digestion by stimulating digestive juices and enzymes and reducing bloat and gas.

Honey — the raw and local kind is a natural sweetener and is high in antioxidants that can lower cholesterol and blood pressure.

How to make …

  • 1 tablespoon raw apple cider vinegar (the bottle should say, "with the mother")

  • 1 teaspoon raw honey

  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger

  • Pinch of sea salt (optional)

  • 1 cup filtered water

Boil 1 cup of water. Meanwhile, add the raw apple cider vinegar, honey, and the spices in 1/4 cup of room temperature water into a mug. Stir the ingredients. Next, slowly pour the hot water into the mug. Allow for the tonic to cool before sipping.