Eating Vegan

Give Your Digestive System a Boost Before the Holidays With This Soothing Vegan Broth

Emily Laurence

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Sip on this tea, er, broth to keep your digestive system running smoothly all party season long.

There are a lot of holiday foods that, while delicious, aren’t exactly a friend to the digestive system. (Looking at you, baked mac-and-cheese.) But if you’re looking for something super soothing to help you reset before or after the holidays, you might want to reach for one of the oldest gut-boosting remedies: 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 animo 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.) She also includes some key ingredients for immunity, as it’s the time of year where it seems virtually everyone has the sniffles.

Want this vegan bone broth in your life ASAP? Watch the video above to see how it’s done.

Another gut health superstar: sauerkraut. Plus, get the intel on the herb that will help you sleep better.  

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