Sauerkraut Stinks

This just in: Sauerkraut is just as stinky as tuna salad.

I learned this valuable lesson as I assembled my lunch in the breakroom today and I heard several people proclaim, “Ew, what is that smell?”

I heated up my ‘kraut and headed on my merry way, making a mental note not to enjoy lunches that include sauerkraut during peak lunchtimes.

I served the stinky sauerkraut on top of an aidells Italian Style chicken sausage which I enjoyed in a super-soft Nature’s Own Whitewheat hot dog bun.

Sausage + 'Kraut

The sauerkraut/chicken sausage combo was delish!

I know sauerkraut isn’t for everyone, but for a German girl like me, it’s the jam!

Alongside my protein-packed sausage I enjoyed fresh grape tomatoes and cucumber slices for some color.


Hump Day Lunch

Pre- lunch I also enjoyed an iced green tea from Starbucks that I picked up after stopping by my orthodontist’s office to get my permanent bottom retainer in. (How cool am I? πŸ˜‰ )

An Intimate Look at PBF

(Wow. Can’t believe I just posted that pic. We’re all officially best friends now.)

Iced Green Tea

Sad news though… the green tea quickly went from this:


To this:


I seriously inhale any cold beverage other than water. Water is the only thing I seem to struggle chug-a-chuggin’.

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Question of the Afternoon

What nationality are you? Do you like foods that are typically associated with your nationality?

I am German and Swedish (right, Mama?). I adore foods associated with my nationality, including brats, cabbage, apple strudel and pretzels.

70 Responses

  1. I used to hate kraut, but now I love it. I agree that it doesn’t smell fabulous though.

    My last name is Beck, which sounds German and my mom’s maiden name is McCreary, which sounds Irish, but I look Native American and I was born in Oklahoma. We really don’t have a good family tree/genial history so I just kind of have to guess.

  2. Love “Kraut. Everyone judges me when I go to barbecue with my big jar!

    I’m from Canada, living in Quebec ,… and yes, I love Poutine, Maple Syrup, Blueberrie pies and “TourtiΓ¨re”

    • definitely just googled “TourtiΓ¨re” – meat pie!?!? girl, are you crazy??? πŸ™‚

  3. I’m Italian, and I love Italian food. Just the way it goes! Can’t live without pasta in my life…

  4. I’m a international mutt! My mom likes to play up our Italian and Irish heritage though. I’m all on board with pasta, but have to turn my nose up at corned beef and cabbage!

  5. I am greek and I really don’t like greek food….well I like a little bit

    I feel bad eating lamb…. I love little lambs…so I don’t eat any of that.

    Pastitso – google it…greek lasagna – it’s fabulous …..

    and greek cookies – KOULOURAKIA they are amazing!

  6. I have a bottom retainer too, I hate it. The dentist loves to pick at it at every appointment. I’m Irish, I dunno about Irish foods, but I certainly enjoy my beer.

  7. Okay I am seriously a mutt….I am all over the place when it comes to my hertigage! And my food tastes reflect that totally because I am not picky at all and will eat almost anything! πŸ™‚

  8. I’m a mutt but most of the food I eat is dominated by the Sicilian in me. I love Italian food! My favorite is a big warm bowl of risotto in the winter time. yum yum =D

  9. I am German too! Yay! I am also Polish. Sauerkraut is amazing! I love it!

  10. Yum! I loveee sauerkraut with red cabbage!!

    I’m english but my step-mom is german (and a great cook), so i defintely get to experience the best of both worlds!

    The picture of your retainer made me laugh, i bet that took a few tries to get right!

  11. I’ve never had sauerkraut because the smell has always turned me away! πŸ™‚ I’m a total mutt: Czeslovakian, Portuguese, German, Spanish, Chinese and Hawaiian. So…I eat everything.

  12. I’m the same way with cold beverages! When I go to starbucks I inhale the drinks. I usually ask for light ice so I get more of the drink πŸ™‚

  13. I have that same bottom retainer – we’re cool! πŸ™‚
    I’m Czech, so sauerkraut and dumplings are so darn delicious to me!

  14. I’m Irish – and yes, I like the food! πŸ™‚

  15. i am from Spain( yeahhh your blog is international) and i adore our wine, cheese, vegetables and tapas!!!!!!!

    go Spain!!!!!

  16. Hey,
    I’m German and I have to say I don’t like sauerkraut!
    But I like a lot of the foods that are usually associated with Germany even if most of them are more typical of the southern part of Germany (like the sauerkraut).

  17. My background is Irish although I can’t say I really eat much Irish food unless potatoes count!

  18. MMM I love iced green tea!

    I’m Greek and love, love, love Greek food… I hope to travel there one day too! My parents just got back and said the views and food were amazing πŸ™‚

  19. With a name like Maura Colleen you can bet I’m Irish. Black & white pudding, Corned beef & cabbage…umm, no thank you. I do love the beer though!

  20. I’m a little bit ‘o everything, but the Italian in me speaks volumes – gimme some pasta with red sauce any day!! πŸ™‚

  21. I’m Canadian and I love Canadian Bacon! I don’t know if it even came from here or not, but we’ll take credit

  22. I LOVE sauerkraut. But yes, it totally stinks πŸ™‚

    Love the pic of your mouth. Totally showing hubby. He’d be proud!

  23. My Pennsylvania (German) bf loves kraut too. He always wants to make it for New Years and I just want my black eyed peas. I hate the smell.

    The main ones for me are French, English, and German. But overall a Cajun that doesn’t eat seafood. I do love Red Beans and Rice.

  24. I’m a kraut hater, and I hate it when I smell others making it. (Sorry.) I’m Irish-Italian so I guess I like the foods of my heritage. Well, maybe not the Irish stuff, but definitely Italian food!

  25. I love sauerkraut too and I am also German!!! Love, Love your blog! Too cute, I’ve got all my co-workers hooked on it now too. πŸ™‚ Thanks for all the awesome meal ideas and work out motivation inspiration!

  26. i LOOOVE sauerkraut!!! so good!

    i’m japanese…i like some japanese stuff, but a lot. my favorite sushi is the california roll. hahahahaha!

  27. I’ve never won anything everrrrrrrrrr ahhh I’m going to Disney world!!!

  28. Oh no, you’re the stinky lunch girl! πŸ˜‰

    I am German, Swedish, and Irish. I don’t eat sausage or sauerkraut. I’m not a fan of fish. And I don’t drink beer.

    I think I was meant to be Mexican or Italian because those are the genre of foods I can resonate with!

  29. wow you just made sauerkraut and sausage look really good lol.. and i dont like either one.. hmmm maybe i should give it another try πŸ™‚

  30. I actually have no clue what my nationality is since it’s such a mix. I guess if I go way back it’s German and British, but my family was one of the first to come to GA (and been here ever since) and inhabit it so now there are plenty of other things mixed in.

    As for German food – eh. Not my favorite, but I’ll eat it. I have much stronger taste buds for Latin cuisine. Yum!

  31. So, this is pretty random.. but are you a regular coffee drinker? I’m in college and I’m trying to avoid the habit all together! My brother is encouraging me to drink green tea instead. I was just wondering your opinion on that! πŸ™‚

  32. I think it’s so cool that you have a German heritage and enjoy your sauerkraut just like a German girl should. I’m German, too, and I also live there. We incorporate sauerkraut in A LOT of dishes (including noodle dishes ;-)), but I NEVER had it on a hot dog. Guess that’s an American thing after all. But I will definitely try it, looks yummy!!
    I’ve never commented before but I really like your blog. You make healthy eating look so easy and doable and I always find some new, great recepies to try. Well done!


  34. im german, so that might explain it.. lol

  35. You crack me up! Do you own up or just sneak out of the break room? I think I’d slink outta there! I never thought about it being stinky!

    I’m Vietnamese but was born in Ohio. love all Asian foods but there are definitely LOTS of food I would not dare bring to work!

  36. Ha! Nice retainer pic, you crack me up! I am a little bit Italian, Scottish, Irish and Polish. I LOVE Italian food and pretty much any kind of food so I think that covers my background πŸ™‚ On a Starbucks note, I love the passion fruit shaken iced tea. Wow it is fruity heaven!

  37. I’m Scottish and proud of it (hence the bagpipes at my wedding πŸ™‚ ) but I’m not sure blood pudding or haggas are ever going to be delicacies to me.

  38. Hi! First time commenter but I have been reading your blog for a while and I enjoy it very much. Since you brougth it up…. IΒ΄m from Iceland (the internet is a small world!) and I loooove food associated with my nationality, especially “skyr” which is known in the US as SiggiΒ΄s. I practically live on it:)

  39. I”m Italian, but saurkraut is the BOMB! It might stink, but daaang is it tasty, especially the way you used it in your lunch πŸ˜‰ I love this Italian dessert called “zabligione” … I may have spelled that wrong…haha, basically it’s this amazing whipped cream with egg, sugar and white wine topped with fresh berries. It’s to DIE for, ahhh! I could go for one right now.

    Congrats to the lucky winners, and I cannot wait for your next giveaway πŸ˜€ seems exciting!!

    Have a great day!!!

  40. Ok, I NEED TO KNOW MORE ABOUT YOUR RETAINER. I’m in the exact same boat– I am finishing up my invisalign (but I am constantly doing one more set of refinements… I feel like it is never ending, but it’s partly my fault because for the past 2 refinements, I’ve requested that they be done without the attachments. They can be done without attachments but I’m learning that I don’t think they work as well.)

    Anyway, my ortho mentioned a permanent retainer on my bottom teeth- exactly like you have- due to the crowding I had.

    How do they put it in? Does it hurt? What do they attach it to?? I know they say “permanent” — does it really stay there for years and years? Does it feel weird? Does it affect brushing your teeth? Eek, please tell… I’ve never known anyone who has one and I fear that my ortho is going to be putting it in soon!

    • it took less than 10 min. to get the retainer put in and it didn’t hurt at all! she used glue and stuck it in, and then went pack in w/ one of those crazy dental tools to scrape away the excess glue. it definitely feels kinda funky, but not crazy and it isn’t bothersome. brushing your teeth isn’t affected at all!

      i hope this helps!

  41. I’m Polish and Italian so the Polish girl in me LOVES sauerkraut. I’ve never tried it on a sausage before, though. On my to-do list now, haha. I pretty much love all Italian food, but who doesn’t? I tend to cook more Italian food, too, because I find it simpler.

  42. I’m also Swedish! 50% Swedish and 50% Portuguese!

  43. Love the retainer pic! I still wear mine religiously, so I can appreciate another girl with metal in her mouth!

    I’m French/English/German/Irish (all 25%) and I LOVE sauerkraut and sausages (pref. turkey and chicken) as well as everything that French cuisine has to offer! Especially a delicious baguette. Yum!

  44. So your lunch looks GOOD!!
    And I chug beverages besides water too! Iced coffees?! Gone in a minute flat.
    SUPER cute dress!

  45. Loved the teeth pic! You’re so cute. I’m Portuguese and definitely enjoy linguica and chourico!

  46. I love sauerkraut but rarely eat it. I don’t even think I would know where to find it in the store.

    I’m also quite good at chugging cold beverages, especially in the summer. Iced Coffee and smoothies particularly. Once I start sipping, I can’t pull my lips away!

  47. I just rediscovered sauerkraut when my brother bought some for his 4th of July BBQ. It’s the best! I have a permanent retainer too…I love not having to worry about wearing one at night, but it also gets stuff stuck in it all the time!

  48. I was born in canada and have lived here my whole life but I am Indian and have visited India in the past. Weekends at my house are filled with a curry aroma! ….Have you ever tried indian food/ curry? I havent really seen you mention that ethnic side of food before…you should definetly try some, its really good, can be spicy but its best to order to taste…p.s. love your blog i read it everyday now for the past 6 months!

  49. I wish I knew! I know there are random parts of : Polish, German, English, and other….stuff… but I don’t know what! So I don’t feel a tie to any particular type of food.

  50. Love the retainer pic! And I glady accept ur invation to being best friends! πŸ˜‰ lol As far as the nationality, this is probally a first on this blog but I am full breed arabic girl! and am proud of it ;)!

  51. I absolutely love your blog and look forward to reading it every day! This is my first comment too!

    I’m English and associate most traditional English food with cold weather (I wonder why?!) I love winter comfort food, such as hot pot (just love the root veggies!), stew with dumplings, cottage pie and yummy roast dinners!

    Unfortunately, traditional English meals aren’t too great for the waistline – cornish pasty anyone?!

    Of course, I do eat healthier meals as well!

  52. I am Ukrainian and Polish and I am not too crazy about the foods from my nationality. Perogies, Borscht, Kielbasa: I’ll eat them at my grandma’s or on special holidays, but I wouldn’t want them everyday.

  53. I have a permanent retainer just like yours! You’ll hate it soon, especially if you eat popcorn or fruits with skin.

  54. Yumbles! I looooove kraut! My grandpa has a great recipe that seasons the kraut up with sauteed onion and green bell peppers and LOADS of paprika! Super delicious and takes some of the sourness out of it!! (He always made it with pork, of course, but that can be left out or substituted!)

  55. I’m studying abroad in Germany for the summer, so eating sauerkraut is just about a necessity! I had never actually had it before leaving the states, so I’m pretty sure I’m getting spoiled over here!

  56. I have a permanent retainer on both top and bottom! Like Julia said though, popcorn is a killer…and so are the pips from strawberries and raspberries. I bring toothpicks everywhere with me πŸ˜‰
    I’m English/French/Vietnamese, so mum always made loads of asian food when we were growing up. Egg fried rice is my go-to comfort food when I’m feeling homesick! My grandmother makes the BEST spring rolls as well πŸ™‚

  57. Stinky, but sooo good! I actually have some in the fridge just waiting for me on Sunday. Love it on hot dogs!

    I’m half a Italian, Cuban and Polish.


  58. Just found your blog and love it! I’m Irish and LOVE potatoes and GOOD beer! πŸ™‚

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