Happy Spring! Even in the midst of this challenging collective global experience, Spring has still arrived and I absolutely love this time of year for healing and transformation. We feel a sense of growth and re-emergence. We have the energy to take steps, to look at things anew, and to sink into nature. We've gone into the dark, we've been nourished, and we've come back. This feels relevant every year and even more so now.
In the midst of the darkness, many of us have been gifted with the beautiful opportunity of time and rest! I am choosing to sink into this opportunity. It doesn't mean that we ignore the darkness. We just acknowledge and expand in the darkness AND embrace the growth of Spring.
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!
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