We have all grown up eating chicken soup with carrots and we know that it is great for us when we are sick, but what do we choose to eat to stay healthy in the first place?
Allergies, autoimmune diseases and behavioral problems aren’t all that far from someone we know nowadays, and it is safe to say that diet is often the answer, or at least a ginormous part of it. When the body is sick or stressed, we become irritable, snappy and snarky, no matter our age. It is time to combat this presence by being mindful, not only of our attitude, but of what we eat.
Slow-cooked vegetable broth is an immune boosting, vitamin and mineral rich soup which can be made from whatever vegetables you have on hand: onions, carrots, celery, sweet potato, parsley, leafy greens, squash, always adding herbs to taste.
In order to really “feel it”, you will want to add ingredients such as garlic, turmeric, ginger or shitake mushrooms for the deepest of flavors. Whether you are feeling under the weather or not, it is sure to warm your heart.
Bone broth, on the other hand, boasts additional gut healing properties, as it is abundantly rich in restorative compounds: collagen, glycine, glutamine and proline. Drink it to help in mending joint pain or digestive disorders, or use it as a base for cooking gluten-free grains for greater nutritional benefit. Bone broth is a hearty, slow-simmered liquid that you can consume regularly to increase your uptake of calcium, potassium, magnesium and phosphorus.
If you consume enough of it, you may also see how it benefits your hair, nails, skin and your overall wellbeing. If the abundance of minerals isn’t enough to convince you, know that it is at very least an ancient food. If our ancestors could survive and thrive on it, so can you.