How I Cured My Eczema Naturally Part 2 | Focusing on Gut Health | a Plant Based Diet for Skin & Microbiome Health

Having a balanced and thriving gut microbiome can translate to having clearer skin, a healthier weight, healthier bowel movements… and a healthier microbiome is a key factor in the prevention and control of common ailments like allergies, eczema, anxiety, depression, cancer and diabetes. Basically, multitudes of research shows that the microbiome should be factored into treatment plans for any and every type of ailment, disease and condition.

Water Kefir Recipe | How to Brew Probiotic Water Kefir | The Benefits of Water Kefir

Learning how to brew water kefir is easy and fun! Water kefir is a sweet, probiotic drink made using water kefir grains (or Tibicos), purified water and organic sugar. Our water kefir recipe also incorporates a small about of unrefined salt and maple syrup. Once you culture up some water kefir, you can bottle it for a second round of fermentation that results in a probiotic, flavorful, fizzy drink. It is similar to the popular drink kombucha, but we prefer the microbial make up of water kefir.

Vegan Beet Burger Recipe | The Ultimate Grillable Vegan Burgers with Fermented Pickles

Since summer time, aka grilling season, is right around the corner we've been recipe developing to create a gut-heathy & grillable veggie burger. I know I'm not the only one whose veggie burgers usually fall apart on the grill... Sandwich like foods are notorious for being ugly in photographs, so in order for these blog pictures to be colorful and beautiful, we added shredded beets! These turned out to be the best veggie burgers we've ever made! Scotty even want's tore-make a bunch of them for quick lunches. Obviously we used our Fermented Dill Pickles as a topping, adding billions of gut healthy probiotic bacteria!  

Fermented Foods | The Best Homemade Sauerkraut Recipe | How to Make Sauerkraut in a Mason Jar

Homemade Sauerkraut... definitely the best place to start when learning how to ferment at home. Sauerkraut is particularly easy for a first fermentation project because cabbage ferments extremely well. The water content along with the microbial species richness of cabbage make it optimal for wild fermentation! With this recipe you'll learn how to make the best, most probiotic homemade sauerkraut in a mason jar. If you're a visual learner there is also a picture guide below the recipe!

Thai Curry Soup Recipe | Food is Medicine | Health Benefits of Turmeric

We've really been enjoying rephotographing our blogs since we redesigned our website. I particularly enjoyed redoing this Thai Curry Soup Recipe, because I wasn't feeling very well (period problems). I take this approach of listening to my body, and I knew I needed something warm and nourishing with anti-inflammatory turmeric and our Fermented Kimchi. After all, food is medicine. Scott was of course on board because soup is his favorite food!

Prebiotic Foods | Health Benefits of Oats | Probiotic Vegan Oatmeal Bowl Recipe

The health benefits of oats is based around their ability to help lower bad cholesterol and the fiber they add to meals. Lower cholesterol + beta glucan fiber = SUPER heart healthy. Plus all that beta glucan from oats is perfect to feed the gut microbiome, keeping your microbes thriving and at their fullest protection potential. You microbiome helps to protect you from disease and helps you to derive the most nutrients from your food, so you always want to make sure it's nourished and ready to do work by supplying many prebiotic foods... like oats. 

Cultured Guru Fermented Kimchi | A Fermented Food Inspired by the Kimchi of Korea | Addressing Cultural Appropriation

I think it's the tradition and culture of kimchi that deserves to be talked about here. What kimchi means to Korea is one of the most beautiful stories of food I've ever had the pleasure of learning.

If you enjoy our kimchi, we want you to appreciate its history, respect the culture in which it was inspired by, and most importantly respect and admire the people of Korea who hold kimchi near and dear to their hearts.

Vegan Healthy Potato Salad | Potato Salad Recipe with Fermented Dill Pickles

This vegan and gut healthy potato salad recipe is what I would consider an inspired-by version of German potato salad. I came up with this potato salad recipe while trying to find something creative to do with our probiotic, fermented pickles! Potatoes are a staple in our house, and are they super nutritious and great for gut microbiome health. So combining them with our Fermented Dill Pickles makes quite a healthy dish. 

Prebiotic Foods | Health Benefits of Brussels Sprouts & Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad Recipe

Brussels sprouts… most people either love them or hate them. They’re definitely a food worth loving though, because Brussels sprouts are one of the most nutrient dense vegetables you can eat!  They’re an amazing prebiotic foods, with significant health benefits. There are tons of fun Brussels sprouts recipes out there that you can try too, including an amazing one in this blog post!

Ma Po Tofu with Kimchi | Vegan Recipe with Kimchi

Ma Po tofu is traditionally a dish from the Chinese province of Sichuan containing chili oils, fermented broad bean paste, a type of chili paste, fermented black beans and ground pork. There are many variations of Ma Po Tofu with flavors adapted to suit local flare or dietary restrictions. We left out the pork making our recipe vegan, used what ingredients we could find, and added Cultured Guru Kimchi for flavor and nutrients! 

Fermented Foods | Spicy Garlic Pickle Spirals Recipe

We loved using our spiralizer for this recipe. I never liked pickles growing up. Occasionally I would find a pickle recipe that I enjoyed, but the taste of pickled cucumbers wasn't my favorite. To this day I don't really eat pickled cucumbers. But when it comes to fermented foods, probiotic pickles and especially this pickle recipe... those have my heart. 

Best Tea for Gut Health

Easing your stress and anxiety, decreasing inflammation, boosting natural detoxification processes of the body, restoring a healthy gut lining, and strengthening your immune system all help to keep the gut microbiome in a balanced state. Drinking herbal teas and green tea is one of the most natural ways to accomplish these things.