Do you love salsa? How would you like to make a very easy, super healthy salsa that your whole family will love? I was surprised to learn that salsa is the number one condiment in America. Since we LOVE Mexican food , we eat salsa a lot, often with pastured eggs for breakfast, as a snack or with lunch or dinner, so want the most healthy version.
SUPER EASY FERMENTATION RECIPE
This is such an
easy and delicious recipe, that is even kid proof, so a fabulous way to
introduce your family to lacto-fermented probiotic foods and perhaps the
best way to get your feet wet if you have yet to try things like making
kefir or a fermented chutney.
WHY MAKE AND EAT FERMENTED SALSA
today's food and constant assaults to our digestion system (
antibiotics, medicines, chlorinated water, birth control pills etc) we
ALL need more probiotics, perhaps even more so for those wanting to
combine health and travel.
Our gut health is essential to ensure
overall health and optimal wellness as all disease begins in the gut
which makes up 80% of our immune system. A robust immune system is the
number one defense system against ALL disease, thus one of our travel
health secrets now.
Lacto-fermented foods are one of the easiest, most simple and
worthwhile ways of adding vitamins, enzymes and probiotics to your diet.
It is an ancient method that has been around for centuries in all
traditional cultures primarily to preserve food over long periods of
time when there is no refrigeration.
MULTIPLE HEATH BENEFITS OF FERMENTED FOOD
“The proliferation of lactobacilli in fermented vegetables
enhances their digestibility and increases vitamin levels. These
beneficial organisms produce numerous helpful enzymes as well as
antibiotic and anticarcinogenic substances. Their main by-product,
lactic acid, not only keeps vegetables and fruits in a state of perfect
preservation but also promotes the growth of healthy flora throughout
the intestine.” Sally Fallon in Nourishing Traditions
GUT HEALTH AND FERMENTED FOOD
"It’s because about 85 percent of our immune system is located in the gut wall. This fact has been established by basic physiology research in the
1930s and the 1940s. Your gut, your digestive wall, is the biggest and
the most important immune organ in your body. There is a very tight
conversation and a relationship going on between the gut flora that
lives inside your digestive system, and your immune system...
Your gut flora—the state of the gut flora and the composition of
microbes in your gut flora—has a profound effect on what forms of immune
cells you will be producing on any given day, what they’re going to be
doing, and how balanced your immune system is.” Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride M.D.
SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE AND FERMENTED FOOD
"For years, these claims of healthful effects from fermented foods
were considered unscientific folklore. However, a substantial, and
growing, body of scientific evidence has now demonstrated that
lactobacilli and fermented foods play a significant role in human
health.." - Michael T. Murray, ND
PROMOTE HEALTH, REDUCE STRESS AND PREVENT DISEASE
There is a good case for recommending probiotics, either in fermented foods
or as supplements, every single day to promote health and prevent
disease. It certainly worked for the Bulgarians. The case is even
stronger for the elderly since the amount of colonic bacteria decreases
with age. The same is probably true for those under continuous stress.
In animal studies, probiotics have been shown to help reduce the symptoms of stress when animals are transported—so if you're a stressed-out commuter they may help you too!"
- Patrick Holford
FERMENTED FOODS AND DECREASING DEGENERATIVE DISEASES
"Almost all naturally fermented foods are health promoting. The healthy
bacteria lactobacilli are heavily involved in the fermentation process,
and a potent source of these healthy "probiotics." Various
members of the lactobacillus class of healthy bacteria have been found
to support and improve immunity in a number of studies. They help
control inflammation, which is an essential feature of so many
degenerative diseases, including heart disease. And on top of that, they're essential in maintaining a healthy digestive system." - Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., C.N.S
RECIPE FOR LACTO-FERMENTED SALSA
( You can use a food processor at home, but I do it the old fashion way as we travel light)
* 4 MEDIUM TOMATOES * 2 SMALL ONIONS * 3/4 CUP CHOPPED CHILES ( OR GREEN OR RED PEPPERS FOR MILD)
* 6 CLOVES GARLIC * 1 TEASPOON OREGANO * 1 TEASPOON CUMIN * 2 LEMONS JUICED ( OR LIME) * 1 TABLESPOON SEA SALT * 4 TABLESPOONS WHEY * 1/4 CUP WATER * 1 BUNCH CILANTRO CHOPPED
MIX ALL IN A BOWL AND THEN PUT IN MASON JARS USING A WOODEN SPOON.
PRESS DOWN WITH SPOON AND ADD WATER IF NECESSARY
TOP OF VEGGIES SHOULD BE 1 INCH BELOW TOP
COVER TIGHTLY AND KEEP AT ROOM TEMPERATURE FOR 2 DAYS
STORE IN THE REFRIGERATOR
(If you do not like chunky style you could blend this after you ferment it )
YUM!! Here we used it on a meal with soaked brown rice, soaked pinto beans, homemade tortillas with soaked flour, lacto-fermented guacamole and avocados! It is cheaper, best tasting and so much healthier than store bought and our whole family loves the taste.