I may have discovered this gem of a recipe on a whim, but I want you to give it a serious try. The benefits of sauerkraut juice are huge for gut health. This sauerkraut smoothie might sound a little different, yet trust me when I say it just might be a new fav for you! I grew up on sauerkraut and fell in love at an early age, and now I'm ready to share that love with you.
Benefits of sauerkraut juice
Probiotics are the reason I like sauerkraut as an adult. They are basically living bacteria that help the good bacteria already in your gut stay good. If eating living bacteria seems crazy to you... then you might need to rethink that yogurt, kombucha, kimchi, pickles, olives, or really any other pickled veggie in your fridge.
Sauerkraut juice contains living bacteria as well, so adding it into your diet can really help keep your gut in check.
How to buy quality kraut
It's pretty easy to find a jar of sauerkraut at the grocery store. Yet check out the nutrition label, because it's probably got all kinds of additives, preservatives, and 'natural flavors.' None of that sounds like stuff I want in my body.
So I like to shop for preservative-free, 100% real ingredients that I can pronounce, and real spices for flavor. My fav brands are Bubbies and Cleveland Kitchen. You can enjoy the delicious sauerkraut, then save the sauerkraut juice for this smoothie. If these are hard to find, then I encourage you to learn how to make your own!
Ferment your own veggies
A Couple Cooks has a great recipe for homemade kraut with all the good stuff and none of the bad. All you really need is cabbage, salt and water. I like to add in some peppers or garlic for a special kick, yet start with the basic recipe if this is your first time. You can always get more creative with each batch.
Making your own ensure you know exactly what's in that sauerkraut juice for this smoothie recipe.
Sauerkraut juice smoothie
If you take the leap and blend this smoothie, I promise you won't be disappointed. The sauerkraut juice doesn't dominate in flavor, yet provides all the healthy benefits. The kick from ginger pairs well with the fizzy kombucha, and is well balanced by the sweet peaches and pineapple.
There are lots of liquid variations you can use to make this smoothie a winner. Swap out the ginger kombucha with a flavor of your choice. If kombucha isn't your thing, then use seltzer water or filtered water.
If peaches are hard to find, then swap with mango or nectarines. Depending on the kind of blender you're using, you may want to dice up the fresh ginger to make it easier to blend.
Let me know in the comments if this smoothie is a Yay! or Nay!
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- 1 cup kombucha (ginger )
- 1 cup pineapple (frozen )
- ½ cup peach (frozen)
- 1 tablespoon raw sauerkraut juice (refrigerated )
- ½ inch ginger root
- Blend all ingredients until smooth.
- Pour into a glass and enjoy!
- Swap kombucha with seltzer water or regular water
- Fresh ginger root can be diced to make it easier to blend.
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Yes! It may be an acquired taste for some, but is okay to drink. Just remember to always read your labels when buying from a store, to ensure there aren't added preservatives.
It is a vinegar-y taste and a bit sour. It really depends on the type of sauerkraut you buy/make. So if the first kind you try is a no-go, then try anther brand!
You can have too much of a good thing, even with probiotics. I suggest varying the ways you get in probiotics, between fermented veggies, yogurt, kombucha and more to keep the variety steady.