5 Fermented Foods to Try This Summer

Eleanor King

Probiotic Foods You Should Try

It’s no secret that eating fermented foods is a great way to boost probiotics and improve gut health. These bacteria have been shown to aid digestion, boost immunity, promote a healthy weight, and more.

Looking for ways to incorporate more probiotic-rich options into your diet? We’ve put together our favorite fermented foods to try this summer! 

Kimchi

Kimchi


This fermented cabbage dish packs a spicy punch. Made with fermented cabbage, other vegetables, chilis, garlic, and ginger, this Korean staple is loaded with lactic acid bacteria. Eat it on it’s own or try it as a ramen topper or in fried rice.

Sauerkraut

Sauerkraut 


Toss it on a hot dog, add it to your favorite sausage dish, or just eat it straight up! This distant cousin of Kimchi is also made with fermented cabbage. Sauerkraut is a staple in many Eastern European countries and is rich in both probiotics and fiber. 

Kombucha

Kombucha


Kombucha has recently risen in popularity and is known for its tangy flavors and effervescence. This popular drink is made with green or black tea that is fermented by a colony of gut-friendly bacteria and yeast. This sparkling combination gives kombucha it’s signature fizz and flavor. 

Kefir

Kefir 


While yogurt is probably a better known probiotic in the Western diet, kefir is actually a better source. Similar to a drinkable yogurt, kefir is tangy and creamy and contains several major strains of gut-friendly bacteria and yeast. It’s refreshing on its own and delicious in smoothies. Try this recipe to make your own kefir at home!

Tempeh

Tempeh 


A relative of tofu, tempeh is made from soybeans that have been pressed and fermented. This nutty-flavored plant-based protein is a good source of probiotics and amino acids, making it a tasty and complete source of vegetarian protein.