Tummy troubles are no fun. Producing symptoms that range from indigestion to aches and pains, to feeling as though you’ve swallowed a jar full of butterflies, gut health problems can result in a myriad of side effects, while also impairing your immunity and even depressing your mood. Gut health isn’t just a wellness buzzword – it’s something everyone should take seriously.
If your gut is all out of sorts, due to pandemic-related stress, workplace anxiety, or some other reason, try making a batch of this gut-healing broth, taken from the pages of Gemma Ogston’s The Self-Care Cookbook: Easy Healing Plant-Based Recipes. All you have to do is blend a variety of natural veggies, herbs, and other nutrient-dense foods with water and enjoy as a broth or drink.
• 1 small onion, quartered
• 1 garlic head, smashed
• 1 fresh chile, chopped
• One 2-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
• 3½ cups greens (such as kale)
• 2 large carrots
• 2 celery stalks
• 1¾ ounces dried mushrooms (optional)
• 1¾ ounces dried seaweed (optional)
• 1 tablespoon coconut or olive oil
• 1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns
• 2 tablespoons ground turmeric
• 1 tablespoon tamari
• 1 tablespoon raw apple cider vinegar
• 1 tablespoon miso paste
• One bunch of fresh cilantro, chopped
• 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast (optional)
• One bunch of fresh parsley, chopped
1. In a large pot, combine everything except the parsley with 6 cups of water. Bring to a boil, then decrease the heat and simmer, with the lid on, for about 1 hour.
2. Strain the liquid through a mesh strainer into a large bowl. Serve immediately topped with fresh parsley, or cool and store for later. You can also add noodles or raw veggies to this, or drink it plain.
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