Kimchi: Superfoods to Boost Your Health
What is Kimchi?
Kimchi is one of the healthiest foods that you can eat and Korea’s national dish. To describe it in words does not sound that appetizing, as it is traditional spicy fermented cabbage. However, I promise it is delicious, and once you get hooked you’re hooked! Especially if you like spicy food 🙂
The Health Benefits of Kimchi include:
Low in calories, sugar, fat
Gluten-free and dairy free
Good source of vitamins, such as vitamins A, B1, B2, and vitamin C
Rich in minerals like selenium, which is essential for an optimally functioning thyroid
High in fiber
Great source of probiotics, such as lactobacillus, which are essential to maintain a healthy gut
Natural source of anti-oxidants
The list goes on!
Where do I buy it?
Nowadays, you can buy kimchi in most supermarkets. It’s located in the refrigerated section, usually near the Asian cuisine (like tofu). Usually, the most delicious kimchi comes from your local Asian/Korean market if you have access to one of those. Making kimchi is a long and complicated process, and in Korea, the recipes differ from family to family. There is actually a special kimchi-making season, where families come together and make large quantities of it to store throughout the year in their special kimchi refrigerators, which sound exactly like what they are; refrigerators for kimchi and kimchi alone 🙂
How do I prepare it?
Once you’ve gotten your hands on some, there are a number of ways to eat it. You can eat it raw, which preserves the probiotic benefits of it. Try it on the side with some meat, tofu, and rice. If it is too spicy, you can wash it to remove some of the spice (this is what I do for my daughter). You can also grill it, sauté it, and cook it in soup! Stay tuned for my recipe for kimchi stew, and more Kimchi superfood recipes.
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