Fermented Friends and How to Drink Them

I thought fermented products were like lunar lattes and bulletproof coffee - just another wellness trend set to die in 2018. But the new year is here. It’s become apparent that fermented products are hugely popular and not going anywhere.

Since they’re now a permanent fixture, you better get well acquainted. I’m going to talk about three stars of the fermented family, their benefits and share a recipe for each. They’re only good if you know how to eat them! 

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Filmjolk

Basically yoghurt milk. Kefir’s Swedish cousin. A thick slightly sour tasting liquid. It’s definitely drinkable on its own but my favourite way to have filmjolk is in a smoothie. I like Rokeby Farms Filmjolk, available at Coles.

Method:

Combine all the following ingredients in a blender.

If, like me, you don’t have a blender, use a bar mix and a large open container. Add psyllium husk at the very end. Psyllium husk is a dreamy thickener or textural destroyer, depending on your outlook. Check out these 17 ideas for thick, creamy smoothies.

  • Frozen mango (about 5 pieces)

  • Frozen pineapple (about 5 pieces)

  • Frozen banana (about 1/3 of a banana)

  • 2 strawberries

  • Filmjolk (about 200ml)

  • 2 tbs Yo-pro passionfruit yoghurt (optional)

  • 100ml So good coconut almond milk (optional)

  • 1 tsp maca powder

  • 1 tsp psyllium husk

Filmjolk is also good in bircher muesli/overnight oats.

 

Kombucha

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Sparkling tea or as I think of it, healthy soft drink. I write in detail about kombucha here, including how to make your own at home. You can mix it with vodka for a healthier cocktail or drink chilled on its own. My favourite brand is the Bucha Shop pineapple and mint. Usually available in the refrigerated section near the tofu. 

Kimchi

Kimchi is a Korean dish made of fermented vegetables - usually cabbage - flavoured with garlic, ginger, fish sauce and more. I find it a little bit spicy and perfect in scrambled eggs.  

Method:

Whisk 2 eggs and a dash of milk together. Scramble in pan. Add a few forkfuls of kimchi. Mix and then serve on toast. Add salt and lots of pepper to taste. 

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Kimchi is also good in savoury pancakes, salads and stir fries.

Other common fermented foods:

Yoghurt, lassis, pickled ginger, miso, sauerkraut

There are so many ways to incorporate fermented products into your diet and they are EASY.

Now no excuses, go blend.

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