What better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than with your favorite sauerkraut from Cleveland Kraut?! Fermented foods, such as sauerkraut, contain live bacteria which are helpful to our gut. Having a diverse diet can help to promote a diverse gut environment (otherwise known as the gut microbiome).
Why is this important? The diversity in the gastrointestinal tract helps to create an overall healthy state. In people who have a less diverse environment (microbiota) they have increased rates of: irritable bowel disease, irritable bowl syndrome, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and autoimmune diseases. It is important to incorporate fermented foods and a diverse nutrient dense diet, to stimulate the renewal of healthy bacteria in the gut and prevent the risk for disease.
So this St. Patrick’s Day, incorporate Cleveland Kraut in your favorite recipes and give this Rueben Potato Skin recipe a try!
1 ½ cups redskin potatoes (thinly sliced)
¼ cup Roasted Garlic Kraut
2 Tbsp. olive oil
4 oz. lean corned beef (shaven)
½ cup grated aged cheddar cheese
Garnish green scallions
Cut potatoes into thin horizontal slices.
Brush potatoes with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
Bake in the oven at 400F for 20 minutes, or until potatoes start to brown.
Remove potatoes and top with garlic kraut, lean corned beef, and aged cheddar cheese.
Bake for an additional 8-10 minutes and garnish with green scallions.
By: Allie McTighe MS, RD
Source: Williams, B., Grant, L., Gidley, M., and Mikkelsen, D. Gut Fermentation of Dietary Fibres: Physico-Chemistry of Plant Cell Walls and Implications for Health. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2017: 1-25.