Rediscover Versatile Sauerkraut: It's Ideal For Today's Leaner, Lighter Eating
- Sauerkraut is a terrific vegetable that fits naturally into health-conscious eating patterns.
- Three-quarters of a cup of undrained sauerkraut contains only 33 calories, has no fat, and it provides almost half the daily requirement of vitamin C.
- Sauerkraut is a cruciferous vegetable, like cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli and turnips. Medical authorities recommend eating several servings of cruciferous vegetables each week to reduce risk of colon cancer.
- Kraut adds zesty flavor to low-calorie cooking. Use sauerkraut as a main ingredient an all kinds of salads or to add crispness to sandwiches.
- For a milder kraut flavor and to reduce sodium, rinse after draining.
- Sauerkraut is crisp and fresh-tasting year-'round. It's available on supermarket shelves in cans or jars, or in refrigerated sections in poly bags. It is conveniently ready to use with no chopping or slicing.
- Look for sauerkraut variations such as Bavarian Kraut, which is sweetened and has caraway seeds added; winekraut, which is fermented in white wine; sauerkraut salad, which is mild, and slightly sweet with onion, red peppers, vinegar and other seasonings. All of these flavors can be served hot or cold.
- Kraut is excellent for meatless meals. In a bit of olive oil, sauté sliced potatoes, onions, apples and grated carrots. Add a splash of white wine, freshly ground pepper and dill weed. Sprinkle with soy-based bacon bits.
- When draining kraut, save the juice. One cup has only 22 calories and it has a robust flavor that makes it a superb addition to or base for marinades and barbecue sauces. Plus, it adds acid for tenderizing.