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Probiotic Rich Avocado Reuben Salad

One of my favorite things about healthy eating is the creativity involved. Just because you make the decision to eat healthy doesn’t mean you give up the flavors you love, it means you find news ways to savor them. It is merely a jumping off point into a world rich in creativity and imagination – an open door to transforming the elements which make up the foods you love most. This is what I adore about cooking, and about healthy eating. It is the opportunity to create food that nourishes while paying homage to the memories of the dishes that feed your soul. There are endless creations to be made and no end to how the satisfy all the senses.

This Avocado Reuben Salad was born from the memory of my mother. Her favorite food is the Reuben sandwich. The layering of the crispy rye bread with the salty corned beef, tangy and sour sauerkraut and the sweet and savory Thousand Island dressing. Each part comes together to make the perfect whole. But what happens when you break apart the components and recompose them? When you honor the flavors and textures, but change the ingredients to be more nourishing and more nutrient-dense? These were the questions that led me to this creation of the avocado reuben salad.

When you eat this probiotic-rich avocado reuben salad its parts will fill you with the flavors, sensations and memories of eating a Reuben sandwich, but it is far healthier. That is the genius of it. A part from it being rich in vitamins, minerals, healthy fats and proteins, it is a salad designed to improve digestion, immunity and the mood. And how does it do this? Probiotics.

how to make your own sauerkraut for avocado reuben salad

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Probiotics (means pro-life) are foods that promote healthy bacteria in our gut. These bacteria create the microbiome that is now known by science to play a vital role in our health. First and foremost, they are essential for good digestion. They help make vitamins, and process and absorb nutrients from the food we eat. They help ease indigestion, gassiness, pain and bloating. In addition, they fight off bad bacteria and fungus in the gut, protecting us from food poisoning, diarrhea, and other illnesses derived from pathogenic entities. Science has also discovered that probiotics are an integral part of our immune system helping to prevent illness. Finally, probiotics influence our mood as well. When the gut is full of healthy bacteria (probiotics) are mood is happy, stable, calm and optimistic. For these reasons, incorporating foods that promote a healthy probiotic community in our gut is essential for our well-being. Probiotic-rich foods are fermented foods, which include tempeh and sauerkraut, two of the key foods found in this probiotic rich avocado reuben salad. You can even consider making your own sauerkraut at home, following Elenore’s recipe here on Earthsprout.

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