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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Almost everyone could implement more fruits and veggies into their diets. But a surefire way to make sure we're getting all the nutrients needed, may involve “fermented foods.” Holistic nutritionist, Shelly Murray from Your Wellness Connection shares her thoughts on the trend lots of foodies are embracing.

What are fermented foods?

Fermented foods are foods that have been through a process of lactofermentation in which natural bacteria feed on the sugar and starch in the food creating lactic acid.

This process preserves the food and creates beneficial enzymes, b-vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, and various strains of probiotics.

Benefits of fermented foods:

probiotics/good bacteria

optimizing immune system

detoxification

variety of microflora

Beet Kvass

2- 3 large beets

1/8 C homemade whey (or sauerkraut juice)

2tsp sea salt

filtered water

Directions:

1. Place beets, whey and sea salt in a 1 quart mason jar
2. Add filtered water to fill the container and stir well
3. Keep at room temperature for 2-3 days on your countertop
4. Store in door of refrigerator
5. Pour through strainer to serve
6. Save some of the kvass before starting a new batch and use the liquid instead of the whey for the next batch