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A hidden gem in the produce aisle: sauerkraut

February 20 2018
Anna Davies
By Anna Davies

Sauerkraut is known as the ultimate hot dog topper, but this condiment is surprisingly versatile and nutritious, too. Discover the benefits of this tangy treat, plus a handful of creative ways to enjoy it.

A hidden gem in the produce aisle: sauerkraut

What is sauerkraut?

There’s no doubt about it, fermented foods—think kimchi, miso, and, yes, sauerkraut—are having a moment, thanks to their naturally occurring probiotics. Probiotics are live bacteria and yeast which may be beneficial to your gut health, and help aid digestion.

Sauerkraut, a German-style shredded cabbage pickled in brine, is crisp, tangy, and, best of all, totally Free on the Slimming World plan (though it’s advisable to start off slowly, to ease your digestive system into this new source of probiotics). You can find it jarred or bagged in the refrigerated section of the grocery store—when shopping, seek out varieties without added sugars or oils.

How can I enjoy it?

There are plenty of ways to get creative with ’kraut. Mix it into plain fat-free yogurt for a tangy condiment for lean pork chops or baked potatoes, pile it atop your favorite burger, or serve it as a side to roasted salmon.