I love sipping on hot beverages especially during the fall and winter months.
I enjoy a warm cup of herbal tea, something fruity is always refreshing and I also love roasted teas like bancha or kukicha with some sweetener. Than there are the dessert teas with a touch of milk and honey. Delicious!
But there is another beverage I also love drinking, even all year round.
What kind of broth?
Well all kinds. Vegetable, chicken even beef broth.
Another name for broth is stock.
I make larges batches of stock in my crockpot or on the stovetop, let it cool off and store it in mason jars in my freezer. When I want to make soups or stews it’s ready to go. But I notice that I defrost the stock just to sip during the day. In addition to being a tasty hot beverage there are numerous health benefits.
Here I have outlined some basic recipe for broths / stocks and the health benefits.
STOCKS AND THEIR BENEFITS
This potassium broth is a vegan broth and it’s a great way to get minerals into your body. This broth is a cleanser for the intestines and the blood. It is delicious all by itself, hot or cold. I love to add a spoonful of miso to this broth as well to make a simple miso soup or drink. It can also be used as a stock for nourishing soups. This recipe makes a good amount so I recommend making a full batch and storing it in the freezer.
WHAT YOU NEED
10 celery stalks
beet tops from 1-2 bunches
cloves of garlic
2 summer squashes
handfuls of parsley
WHAT YOU DO
Chop all the vegetables, place them in an 8 quart soup pot, and cover them with purified water.
Bring the water to a boil.
Turn the heat down and simmer, uncovered, for thirty minutes.
Turn off the heat, cover the broth, and allow it to sit for another thirty minutes. Remove and discard the greens from the pot.
Their nutrients are now in the stock.
Remove the rest of the vegetables,
Put the clear broth into containers.
HOME MADE CHICKEN BROTH
It’s important to make your own chicken broth instead of using the store bought ones in a box or can. And bouillon cubes might be convenient but supple no nutritional value.
Of course I do not judge having a box or cube on hand but it’s important to know you are not receiving any health benefits from these foods. I strongly encourage you to prepare your own.
Here are some of the health benefits from homemade chicken broth. It helps boost your immune system. The gelatin, found in cartilage and connective tissue helps aids digestion, especially of certain minerals like calcium. It also increases the efficiency of protein use in the body.
Chicken broth is also known to help with ulcers, inflammatory bowel disease, osteoporosis, pain and inflammation, cramps, muscle spasms, depression, insomnia, irritability, hyperactivity, anxiety, hypertension, high cholesterol, allergies….the list goes on!
WHAT YOU NEED
Chicken Bones (I recommend the head, feet and neck because of the gelatin but use what ever parts you can find)
WHAT YOU DO
Place all ingredients in a crock pot. Cook on low for 8-12 hours.
You can also do this in a stock pot. Bring to a boil and let simmer on a very low flame overnight.
I will admit I have only made my own homemade beef broth a few times. So I am not going to provide a recipe today because I have yet to master the broth. I generally purchase it from Three Stone Hearth in Berkeley CA or from the Good Earth Natural Foods in Fairfax CA.
If you purchase beef stock try your best to get a variety of bones and that they are from grass-fed animals.
The main benefit to sipping beef broth or using it in recipes is that it is blood building. For many of us out there we are blood deficient. The result of building our blood is a stronger immune system, and can help with anemia, which will increase energy.
I really hope you try these recipes and begin to prepare your stocks. You will be happy once the winter rolls in and you can open your freezer and you are already stocked up.
Feel free to post comments below.
In health and service~
Darshana Weill, Somatic/ Spiritual Counselor and Yoga Teacher has counseled over 900 women world wide to learn to feed their souls and nourish their bodies through individual sessions, group work, tele-classes, webinars and home-study programs. A guest teacher at the 2011 Yoga Journal Conference in San Francisco you can also find Darshana teaching LIVE between Sonoma and Santa Cruz CA or via tele-classes and webinars.
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