If you have never heard of fermented foods, you could be missing out! Not only are they easy to include in your healthy meal plans, but they can also make a real difference to your diet.
Fermented foods are rich in enzymes, vitamins, minerals and probiotics, all of which can give your healthy eating a boost.
Here are some ideas of how you can create these great products in your own home - you never know, they might even revolutionise your diet!
How to ferment food
You will no doubt be wondering how you should go about fermenting food in your own kitchen - and it might be easier than you think.
Fermentation occurs when natural sugars are converted into energy, as they break down, the acidity of the food rises, therefore acting as a preservation agent.
In some respects, fermented foods are pickled, as the process for storing them is quite similar.
All you have to do is mix whatever vegetables you choose with salt and store in an airtight container - leave for at least three days to ferment and you have superfoods at your disposal.
You can of course leave them for longer, as the salt will help to preserve the vegetables.
Which vegetables to use
Some vegetables work better for fermenting than others, especially products such as root vegetables, cabbage, cauliflower and radish.
As with most eating habits, the foods you have available for fermentation will vary depending on the season.
You might even find that you experiment in your own kitchen with different recipes - some will work and some won't, it is all part of the fun!
Get all your friends and family involved and you can share ideas and perhaps even try out each other's success stories.