Sip on this tea, er, vegan bone broth to keep your digestive system running smoothly all party season long.
If you're hungry for something super soothing to help nourish your body and soul this winter (because don't we all need a little TLC in these pandemic times?), you might want to reach for one of the oldest gut-boosting remedies in the books: broth.
"Broth started as a way for people to be able to use all parts of an animal," holistic health coach, herbalist, and Supernatural founder Rachelle Robinett says in the latest episode of Plant-Based. A way to be sustainable before it was a buzzword (slash environmental necessity), broth was used as a way to consume the less-desirable cuts of meat after the main cuts were already used. But Robinett explains that broth has long had medicinal uses, too.
"Broth extracts amino acids, collagen, vitamins, minerals—all the good stuff—out of the meat and vegetables; anything that's in that pot," she says. "What you get is a nutrient-dense, soothing, very simple-to-digest beverage." Talk about a major wellness win.
As for how to put those benefits into action, Robinett shares her personal go-to recipe for a vegan bone broth, made with miso to utilize its plant-based umami flavor and probiotic benefits. (It's added later in the cooking process, so the heat doesn't kill any of its good bacteria.) Other good-for-you ingredients include nutritional yeast (high in brain-boosting vitamin B12), garlic (which is anti-inflammatory and supports immune health), and ashwagandha (good for managing stress).
Want to try it? Learn all about broth in the video above, and keep reading to snag Robinett's easy recipe. Consider this your savory alternative to green juice.
Easy vegan "bone" broth recipe
1/2 lemon, juiced
1-2 tbsp nutritional yeast
1/8 tsp sea salt
1 tsp herb/adaptogen of choice (Rachelle uses ashwagandha powder)
4 cups water
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tbsp raw white miso
1. Add the lemon juice, nutritional yeast, sea salt, and herb or adaptogen to a blender.
2. Heat water until just below boiling, then let cool slightly. Add to your blender.
3. Blend on high speed for several seconds until combined.
4. Let broth cool slightly, then add the garlic and white miso to the blender.
5. Blend on high speed for a few more seconds, until garlic and miso is combined into the broth mixture.
6. Pour into a mug or thermos, and enjoy.
This story was originally published on November 20, 2019. It was updated on November 11, 2020.
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