It is BROTH season!
The truth is, we believe that every season is broth season, but especially Winter.
Broths are a powerhouse for combating winter cold and supporting wellness throughout the season (and every season). Broths warm, nourish, cleanse, and hydrate the body. They also open the heart, and provide vitamins and minerals plus protein and collagen. Broths are comforting, soothing, and deeply nourishing making them foundational for winter health.
What an amazing time of year for healing! We've moved from the beginning contractive nature of Autumn to the deeply internal nature of Winter. This is the time to invest deeply in your healing, to grow your roots, to pause, and to strengthen.
In many healing and spiritual traditions, Winter is a time of gestation and replenishment. This season shows us how beautiful it is to slow down, relax and rest. In Chinese Medicine, Winter is associated with the Water Element and the Kidneys (plus the bladder and adrenals). This season is all about gathering energy for the growth and expansion of Spring.
Vegetarian ✻ Grain-Free ✻ Gluten-Free ✻ Dairy-free ✻ Naturally Sweetened
This grain free date sweetened and sprouted granola is awesome for hiking, the kids love it as an afternoon snack, and it's really beautiful to give as a gift. It’s protein and mineral rich, super delicious, and great to make ahead! Below is a base recipe, but you can use whatever mix of nuts and seeds you like or have at home. I have also included some nutrient-dense optional add-ins for you to try. I always like to keep a batch of sprouted grain-free granola mix and bars on-hand and I think you will too!
Consuming plant-based foods is a foundation for a healthful diet and promotes optimal wellness. However, many of us are actually blocking our nutrient absorption by consuming anti-nutrients such as phytic acid. The good news is that decreasing phytic acid in these nutritious foods is actually quite simple!
To get the most from each bite, soaking OR soaking and sprouting, are two methods to increase the nutritional value of some plant foods including nuts, seeds, dried legumes, and grains. It may take a moment to learn this simple method. Rest assured, you will soon be like the millions of others that wished they had learned this sooner!
Below are simple preparation tools to improve nutrient absorption, promote improved digestion, and increase nutrient density (1). Hard to beat!
Vegetarian ✻ VEGAN ✻ Grain-Free ✻ Gluten-Free ✻ Dairy-free ✻ Paleo
The original version of this dressing comes from a recipe that my dear friend, Jennifer Rieger! She makes the absolute best Caesar dressing. Her dressing inspired these dairy-free and vegan versions. This vinaigrette is perfect for classic caesar salad with romaine (try the romaine grilled - yum!), coleslaw, as a dip for crunchy veggies, or on grilled chicken or fish for a weeknight meal. It holds well in the fridge for 3-4 days, so including this recipe in your weekly meal prep is a great way to add tons of flavor and even nutrition with not a lot of work.
One of my favorite twists on this recipe is to add handfuls of other fresh garden herbs for variety and extra punch. Fresh herbs like thyme, cilantro, basil, and dill are all wonderful. Most herbs you have on hand will work!
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