Cashews rich in minerals plus the probiotics in kimchi make this a crowd-pleasing dip to share.
Cashew Kimchi Dip is a healthy plant-based dip made with 5 simple ingredients! Who doesn’t love a good dip recipe, especially when it’s one you can always count on to be 1) easy, 2) delicious, and 3) that everyone’s going to enjoy? Just like the Creamy Onion Dip, this Cashew Kimchi Dip was inspired by the magic that is using soaked and blended raw cashews as a creamy base for dressings and dips sans dairy.
The kimchi in this dip may feel like it’s coming out of nowhere, but trust me on this combination. It’s tangy, savory, and has that umami flavor that can’t be beat all while giving your digestion some extra love — hello probiotics.
Why Should We Eat Fermented Foods?
Fermented foods are great for our overall digestive health and they’re foods that aren’t typically found in our diet unless we seek them out or eat foods traditionally rich in fermented foods — the standard American diet isn’t one of them.
Fermentation is simply a process where a carbohydrate is converted into an acid or an alcohol, it involves live bacteria and often results in higher yields of good bacteria, probiotics! Probiotics are the good guys, they’re the bacteria army you want on your side and you want to keep their home (your gut) thriving with food for them to grow (prebiotics) and in balance with the natural and normal occurring bad bacteria and yeast to create a happy microbiome.
I’ve spoken in depth about probiotics here, but just to quickly recap why everyone can benefit from consuming probiotics: regular bowel movements, more efficient digestion (i.e. absorbing nutrients from our food), higher immune function, lower digestive disease prevalence, producing nutrients (1), depression and mental health, aids our body in healing any gut abnormalities (such as leaky gut), may improve skin conditions (2) (such as acne, psoriasis, etc.) and helps stabilize blood sugar levels.