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sauerkraut it up with breakfast

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Okay, so at this point I think we all know we should be eating probiotics. It just makes sense, am i right? Who wouldn’t want good bacteria in their guts, fighting a battle against evil?! Personally, I do. The thing is…not all probiotics taste that yummy. Kombucha is great, but expensive if you don’t brew your own. And I KNOW my boyfriend would not approve of some witches cauldron brewing weird live bacteria on our already over crowded counter tops.

Luckily, there are other options. Sauerkraut is one of them! on the unlucky side…it may not taste that amazing. I found a way to enjoy it though. hear me? Not just stand it but enjoy it, quite a bit! I mixed it up with cave ketchup I made, and dipped my sausage and eggs right in there. Delicious! Continue reading

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Eat your Kraut!–Steak and Bacon ‘scramble’ with Sauerkraut

In all of the research and learning I’ve been doing in the past two weeks since becoming paleo, I’ve heard a LOT about probiotics. In fact, I heard a lot about probiotics even before ever coming to paleo! Everyone want’s a healthy gut with immune boosting buddies inside, right?

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Well, truth be told, I hadn’t been getting much healthy bacteria before this switch. I would guess my occasional kombucha and daily greek yogurt were my only sources. In fact, before this very morning, I had never even tried sauerkraut. Ever. And truth be told, first bite in, I wasn’t sure ‘kraut was for me!

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Organic and local, can’t do much better than that! I found this at my local Rainbowfoods in the refrigerator next to bubbies! This one was more expensive but for my first try

I decided my best play was to make something really yummy to eat with it. I did look into cooking with it but learned that my hunch was correct, and most of the benefits are lost if you start cooking with the stuff. Instead I kept it raw and used it sort of as a condiment to my meat and veg stir-fry/scramble. Meat and veggie stir fries are becoming a new favourite for me!

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This one consisted of 2 slices of bacon, my leftover steak chopped up into little pieces, 1/2 a white onion, and a whole zucchini, thinly sliced. I sauteed them up in butter and a splash of balsamic vinegar for ultimate yumminess until everything was wilted and heated and gorgeous and delicious!

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I then proceeded to devour this, mixing a bite of sauerkraut with a bite of the stir fry. Guess what…delicious! I actually ended up doubling my serving. YAY! I can find ways to eat this darn stuff :) That is a relief! So if you are afraid to try it out, here are a few tips from one newbie to another:

1) DONT COOK IT! You don’t want to be eating this stuff for nothing now do you?

2) Have on the side of something you really enjoy. Bacon was a way to guarantee tastiness. You can’t go wrong!

3) Don’t give up! I tried it plain first and thought “oh darn, I really have wasted my money this time”, but now that I’ve found a way to enjoy it, I’m really glad I bought it!

I’ll be searching for more ways to eat kraut in the future. I may even need to make a probiotic pin board on my pinterest page.