Getting your daily probiotics doesn’t have to mean falling into the same, old schedule filled with yogurt, kefir, or maybe even a probiotic supplement. There are lots of ways to get creative and explore new forms of probiotics and –better yet– delicious foods. In another blog, we shared a local resident’s homemade sauerkraut recipe. But we wanted to put the spotlight on some less-suspecting candidates for your probiotic regimen.

Revitalize Your Plate

Although there is nothing revolutionary about pickled food, this may be a new way of thinking when it comes to finding ways to incorporate probiotic-rich foods into your diet. The great news? You can make these in your very own home, offering something fun to do with the whole family.

So, what are some summery, pickled varieties that you can throw into your picnic basket mix?

  • Pickled Beets – Beets are a heart-friendly veggie, so you can enjoy this food, knowing you’re getting a gut and heart-friendly food. Oh, and did we mention that their lovely pigment lends itself to livening up any otherwise lackluster dish.
  • Picked Cucumbers – Crunchy and potassium-rich, pickled cucumbers deliver tang in every bite. Great as a standalone snack or as a garnish to your sandwich, these are a staple in any probiotic lover’s diet.
  • Pickled Radishes – Packed with vitamin C, pickled radishes are another showstopper on any plate of food. Just remember, when pickling, you should avoid clear mason jars as long-term exposure to sunlight can cause vitamin C depletion during the pickling process.

If you’re like us, you may have wondered if pickling otherwise nutritious food sources has an impact on their nutrients. We did some investigating and this is what we learned:

“The Science of Cooking website notes that fat-soluble vitamins could become even more concentrated during the pickling process. Korean researchers have found that kimchi, a spicy pickled cabbage, might have up to twice as much of certain B vitamins as fresh cabbage does” reported LIVESTRONG.

This seals the deal. Pickled vegetables are a must. Happy pickling!