DAY 1 - A Forkful of Benefits

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Welcome to Day 1 of the Firefly forkful challenge!
We are excited to kick things off with some useful information about the nutrition in Firefly Kitchens’ Ferments. In order to truly make this a month of Ferm-intention, we want to make sure you know why that fork is so important. We are passionate about spreading the word: fermented vegetables are so good for you, they should be eaten at every single meal!

Why a forkful?
Just 1 gram of Firefly sauerkraut was tested to contain 100,000,000 CFU’s of Lactic Acid Bacteria.
With a forkful measuring approximately 11 grams of kraut, that adds up to over 1 billion CFU’s.
The power of a probiotic supplement in a single, tasty bite!

Sauerkraut is also a powerhouse of vitamins and minerals. Packed with complex B vitamins, as well as vitamins A and K, kraut is an excellent source of the powerful antioxidant, vitamin C. A good source of calcium, it also provides iron, phosphorus, magnesium and potassium for regulating the heart rate and blood pressure. On top of all that, sauerkraut is rich in dietary fiber and low in calories.

When you ingest a forkful of kraut, the pH level of your stomach and intestinal tract is lowered by the lactic acid, creating a healthy digestive environment. In a low-pH environment, bad bacteria that cause bloating, poor nutrient absorption, and digestive problems are suppressed, and the good bacteria (probiotics) are allowed to grow and multiply. These probiotics predigest nutrients, manufacture and supply us with vitamins, and bolster immunity. When eaten as part of a regular balanced diet, fermented foods can help your body maintain a more regular and efficient digestive system.

Adding just a forkful of this superfood to your daily diet packs so many benefits, and that’s what makes this challenge unique. We’re not asking you to restrict yourself or get into something that’s hard to maintain. We’re simply challenging you to add a healthy, delicious bite of food to your meal. A bite that really can change your life!

New to ferments?
Start slow! When introducing fermented foods to your diet, start with just a forkful at a time. A bit of gas or bloating might be experienced at first, but these side effects should diminish as you continue eating them.

Ready to kraut it up?
Here are some easy ways to get that Firefly forkful:
- Top your eggs or avocado toast.
- Add it to your buddha bowl or fried rice.
- Toss it in your salad or coleslaw
- Fold it in your wrap, taco, or burrito.
- Roll it into your spring or sushi rolls.
- Enjoy it straight from the jar!

How are you eating your sauerkraut today? #fireflyforkful

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