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!
Sometimes you accidentally make something so good and so nourishing that you have to get it up right away. This was one of those sometimes. Most of my recipes come from something that I have made forever and at some point I get asked for the recipe so many times that I just commit to writing the post!
This recipe was divine creation! I tasted it and wanted to drink that whole pot. Seriously.
I started with the intention to make my Vegan “Bone Stock”, but I had lots of beets and beet greens from the garden that needed to be used. My dad always makes his stock with beets and I love it, so I decided to throw them in. I also had extra nettles and a bunch of other leftover herbs from the summer. Then I started to throw in all of the other “extras” that I had. So, it began.
It turned into a deep red, nourishing, herbal goodness. I will be adding this broth to my cleansing and postpartum protocols. I am in love.
This recipe is for all or my vegetarian and vegan friends out there that are looking for something delicious and deeply nourishing, like bone stock, but vegan! Don't get me wrong, we are kind of die hard bone stock drinkers in our home, but I grew up vegetarian, my Dad is still vegetarian, and so many of my clients and friends are very healthy vegetarians or vegans. This broth is delicious and full of nourishment. It has similar gut healing and energetic properties to meat bone stock, and will sooth your soul in the same way. We use this as a replacement for boxed veggie broth in soups and sauces as well. I particularly love this broth for a homemade Korean egg soup. The original recipe for this broth came from Wall Flower Kitchen. I have just tweaked it to make it my own. You should too! Enjoy!
Making an infusion (long steeping herbal tea) is such a simple way to increase our mineral intake and absorption! Almost all of us are needing more minerals and mineral deficiency is at the root of so many health and wellness challenges. Increasing minerals has been shown to support healing in depression, anxiety, various autoimmune disorders, allergies, sleep issues, low immune system, weight issues, adrenal fatigue, cravings, addictions, tooth decay, osteoporosis and so much more.
Most herbal infusions contain large quantities of calcium, magnesium, trace minerals and other minerals, in their most absorbable form. They also contain essential fatty acids, vitamins and protein. In addition, they each have particular medicinal qualities, actions and uses.
This is a simple recipe that I like. You can add anything to your daily infusion if you are looking to address additional wellness concerns with herbs. I think that you'll find that this recipe has a pleasant taste and aroma and is easy to drink.
From a Chinese Medicine or Ayurvedic Medicine perspective, raw foods are hard on the spleen and can decrease your digestive Qi. I’m personally very sensitive to too many raw foods in my diet and right now I’m paying the price with my digestion and energy levels. This is especially tough in the summer because raw foods like fruit and salads are just so satisfying and cooling. Yesterday, I knew that I needed to get back on track with my daily dose of bone broth and other gut healing foods. In the summer, you also have to be particularly careful not to eat foods that are too heating or you end up with a host of other yucky physical and emotional symptoms. Bone broth is a perfect solution for this. It’s not too heating, very easy to digest, and incredibly nourishing. I read all kinds of recipes for serving bone broth cold in the summer, but I just ended up sipping it for breakfast like I always do. It was so satisfying. It may take me a few days, but I’m already starting to feel better.
A couple of really important notes about bone broth. It’s delicious and one of the most nourishing foods you can consume. Bone broth is a straight shot (literally) of minerals (calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and trace minerals) and contains collagen which aids in mineralization of teeth and bones. Bone broth is also essential for healing the mucosal lining of the gut. I always say, if you are not already using bone broth regularly for your general health, you should be! Try the recipe below and enjoy incredible nourishment year round.