Do you know this feeling like eating something, but not being hungry?
I do. I feel like eating when I am bored or a bit anxious or thinking on something intensely. Thank God dealing with a computer requires using both, the cleaner the better, hands. Otherwise, I would be probably snacking constantly.
Does it sound familiar to you? Do you avoid shelves with crisps and salted peanuts in a store just to feel miserable later when snacking on an apple?
I have nothing against apples, but what some people crave is SALT. Of course, the best solution would be to wean yourself off salt completely, but why not making the process a bit enjoyable?
Why not snacking on something that is a bit salty and healthy in the same time?
It is easy for me to say because I grew up on Fermented Foods and I love it. I remember eating sauerkraut straight from a plastic bag* with my roommate when I was young. We were not health conscious AT ALL at the time (rather opposite). We just loved the taste so much.
I think, the secret of making Sauerkraut suitable (and enjoyable) for snacking lies in making it crunchy and not too sour. I achieve it by fermenting cabbage in closed jars and by restraining from crushing it (see: The Easiest Way to Make Sauerkraut). It is also a good idea not to keep it in a warm place for more than three days at the initial stage of the fermentation.
My sauerkraut usually has less lactic acid and more carbon dioxide than other’s, therefore probably is a bit less healthy. But, come on, we are talking about Sauerkraut versus bacon crisps here!
So, next time when you feel like indulging in a bowl of popcorn, grab a fermented cucumber, beetroot, brussels sprout, cabbage or whatever your favourite veg is.
Just, please, don’t do this in a cinema!
I don’t want the Fermented Food to be banned…
* I don’t mean a sealed plastic bag like you can see in supermarkets; you must never ever buy those; in Poland we buy (or used to buy?) sauerkraut by weight from a barrel or container and it is packed into a plastic bag; unless you are an environmentalist and bring your own jar.