Pickles, Coconut And Greek Almond Yogurt – Top 12 Fermented Foods Continued

Top 12 Fermented Foods With Pickles
And Coconut And Greek Almond Yogurt

Foods that Heal – Foods that Maintain Weight Loss

by Boyd Jentzsch

Today: We are half way through our Top 12 Fermented Foods. So far we’ve been to Ukraine, Russia, Lithuania, touched briefly in Romania, spanned Central and South America, and will soon sample the spicy Kimchi of Korea.

8. Dill Pickles
Dill Pickles are low in saturated fat, and very low in Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Vitamin A, Iron, Potassium and Manganese, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin K and Calcium. That said, they are also full of probiotics. And very low in calories. Some are high in sodium, so check the label, and go for the low sodium variety.

Pickles Top Fermented Foods

Yummy Pickles are a great refreshing snack. Photo Courtesy Getty Images.

When I was a kid, mom kept a small patch of dill growing by the front door, to easily snip off a bit to spice up her wonderful home-cooked meals. I remember the wonderful aroma of that dill as it grew waist high during the Summer. I would walk out the door and run my fingers through the tall grass-like green, and breathe in the enlivening aroma. Coming in for dinner, I would do it again, to spice up the smell of whatever mom or my older sisters was cooking for dinner.

I learned to make pickles at my mother’s kitchen table. She said she learned it from her grandmother, an immigrant from England. Everything to make our pickles was grown on our little farm by the lake. So, the small white onions, the carrots, the dill and the cucumbers were all our own. Mother was careful to teach us the importance of making the jars beautiful to the eye.

Pickles-Glass Jar-Top Fermented Foods

These pickles are great during long winter months! Photo Courtesy Getty Images.

When making food choices to accelerate and maintain weight loss, it is easy to forget that the condiments we use to spice them up can sabotage otherwise healthy choices. Most ketchups and salad spreads contain high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors and flavors and a scary bunch of preservatives. You don’t need those when you are trying to lose weight. So, read the labels carefully. AND, even within the same brands you will find those with the weight-killing stuff and those that are healthy. AGAIN…read the labels carefully.

7. Coconut Yogurt and Greek Almond Yogurt (dairy free yogurts)
Ok, here is a novel, and a simple way to make a non-dairy fermented yogurt at home in a single day. These are delightful alternatives to regular yogurt. They TASTE GREAT. Plus, I trust the wisdom of Nature in knowing how to turn good foods into highly beneficial foods by the simple process of fermentation.

Coconut Yogurt-Top Fermented Foods

Coconut Yogurt. Photo Courtesy NomNomPaleo.com

There are commercial versions of Coconut Yogurt out there, but I prefer this home-made kind. Did I forget to say YUM?

Greek Almond Yogurt Top Fermented Foods

Greek Almond Yogurt. Photo Courtesy NomNomPaleo.com


Greek Almond Yogurt
Diary-free yogurt, with added pea protein. A lower calorie, lower fat, higher protein (than regular Almond yogurt) tasty treat. Another big, healthy YUM. Commercial versions available. Go for it.

Easy Probiotic Almond Chia Yogurt
Cultured Almond Yogurt

Yogurts are a flavorful favorite when you’re trying to eat healthy and lose weight. Most commercial varieties are devoid of live bacteria, have artificial sweeteners, and contain artificial colors and preservatives. That is a deadly combination.

There is even a highly advertised brand of yogurt that proudly announces its “active culture” of probiotics to help with your “regularity.” But, don’t be fooled. The major food company that makes it spent millions to produce strains of bacteria that die off quickly, rather than those that populate your gut for the long term. With their short life-cycled bugs, if you miss taking their “probiotic yogurt” you’ll notice the absence of good bacteria, because it will soon slow down your “regularity.”

Look for high protein “Greek” yogurt (which just means it is much higher in protein than regular yogurt). If it doesn’t have a list of “live active cultures” on it, keep looking until you find one that does. The longer the list of probiotics, the better it is.

While you are looking for a better yogurt, give Kefir a try (it’s in the dairy case, too). It’s #3 on our list of Top 12 Fermented Foods.

Yogurts (and Kefir) are excellent ways to keep your body supplied with calcium, protein (when you choose the right kind), and probiotics. When you are trying daily to choose healthy foods to help you lose weight and keep it off, these are some of the best choices you can make. 

Tomorrow: We will journey to 5. Java, to learn about Tempeh, then off to Korea to learn about the Korean National Dish, 6. Kimchi.

Top 12 Fermented Foods
Foods that Heal – Foods that Maintain Weight Loss

Here’s a List to the Top 12 Fermented Foods Admired Throughout the World

Fermented Foods that Heal & Maintain Weight
Chicha and Buttermilk
Kvass and Rejuvelac
Pickles and Yogurt
Kimchi and Tempeh
Miso and Kefir
Cabbage and Cambucha

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  1. I would have never put these three on the top of the list in my mind! I know my husband loves pickles- especially spicy ones.

  2. Wow had no idea pickles helped with this. I eat greek yogurt several times a week.

  3. Sounds like the list my wife gave to get her when she was pregnant.. I would never have pickles and yogurt together.. I do like them both though..

  4. My daughter loves dill pickles. I like yogurt. But like Kungphoo, I would never eat them together!

  5. Ooooo I love pickles and yogurt, not together but I love them both lol

  6. I could eat pickles all the time. Yogurt is a favorite in my home as well.

  7. I never considered the nutrition in a dill pickle. Thanks for this very informative article. I’ll definitely revisit this blog

  8. Bonnie @WEMAKE7 says

    Oh my gosh I love pickles and so do my kiddos, we can’t keep enough in our home. The Greek Almond pictures looks yummy. =)

  9. I didn’t realize that about probiotics in some yogurts not lasting long. Yikes, I’ve been tricked!

  10. Wow I never heard of coconut yogurt. I will have to look out for it.

  11. I’ve never really thought of pickles and yogurt as fermented but I guess they are!

  12. Mhmmm I would love both.
    My Gram used to eat cottage cheese WITH relish in it! Eugh, so gross. This made me think of her lol
    Stopping by to leave some common love from the Dish

  13. michele d says

    Had no idea about pickles either. You really do learn something new everyday/

  14. I love pickles. This was such interesting information. Thanks for sharing.

  15. the hubby loves the pickles so this is good info–I like the greek yogurt–thanks for sharing you learn something new everyday!

  16. Coconut Yogurt looks really tasty. It’s also a good way to detoxify.

  17. We make a lot of fermented foods. It’s really healthy for you.

  18. I did not know pickles were fermented, interesting to know. I knew yogurt was.

  19. Oh I love LOVE pickles. A little weird fact about me: If someone had pickles at any point in there day or is eating pickles in another room..I can smell it.
    Weird eh?
    I am a yogurt eater and I too wonder about the brands that are devoid of the healthy bacteria.

  20. The greek almond yogurt looks delicious! And pickles are like my best friends. Yum!

  21. Thanks for this great post. It has taught me a lot of interesting things.

  22. If I only have more time in the morning to prepare food before going to work, I would have chosen all these. However, given that we run all busy lives now, it’s becoming more challenging to get these outside readily.

  23. I am a huge fan of pickles. I also like to eat yogurt often. Yummy!

  24. That Greek Almond Yogurt sounds really good to me–I love yogurt!! Although I doubt I will be pickling my own cucumbers any day soon–I love them as sour as you can get them!

  25. At first when I read the title I thought this was some new weird yogurt flavor. Ha! I eat all those things all the time. Good to know they are good for me!

  26. The coconut and almond yogurts sound awesome. I would love to be able to make them at home!

  27. That yogurt sounds delicious!!!! Thanks for sharing

  28. Patricia says

    I love pickles but not all the time. On the other hand my kids could eat them every day. Not a greek yogurt fan even though I wish I liked it.

  29. i love yogurt! i have this everyday! i love pickles too! i love korean foods! their kimchi and bulgogi is amazing

  30. My husband LOVES dill pickles! I swear we go through a jar every other week!

  31. I only really enjoyed pickles when I was pregnant, that’s when I would crave them, but I eat greek yogurt all the time.

  32. That parfait looks great! Thanks for another great post!

  33. I am thinking of this as a pregnant post because there are pickles and yogurt in the same post, and it made me hungry. Lol

  34. The parfait looks really good. I’ll pass on the pickles though.

  35. the pickles look good and I’ve never tried these, I make spicy green chilli pickle at home.. and yes, I have tried the greek youghurt ao many times, and wow, it’s so yummy !!!!!!!

  36. I have not tried coconut yogurt, but it looks really good. I like pickles and Greek yogurt, too.

  37. They say that Greek yogurt is a great substitute to plain yogurt when making a salad dip. I should try this at home but it’s hard to find a cheap Greek yogurt here in our country.

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