Its cold season again and we are doing everything in our power to make sure that you get the immune system boost that you need before you come in contact with germs.
Much of that immune boosting comes from paying attention to what is happening in the gut. A majority of the immune system lies within the gut so making sure that your gut is healthy is actually the first step to making sure that your immune system is on the up and up.
Making sure that you have a healthy amount of good bacteria in your gut will keep you healthy and strong but you also want to make sure that you are repairing any damage that has happened to the lining of you intestines (where the majority of your nutrients are absorbed) so that toxins cannot slip out into your blood stream. This is known as leaky gut and it is not your friend.
One of the ways to repair the lining of the intestines is by consuming collagen. This is a protein that our body can make on its own but as we age we begin to produce less and less. A lack of collagen is also what’s responsible for loose, saggy skin, fine lines, wrinkles and dry patches on the skin as we age.
You can get collagen in something like bone broth (Try our amazing Bone Broth Recipe) or in supplement form. It doesn’t taste like anything an can be added to just about anything, including a smoothie. Along with gold old vitamin C and the antioxidants found in berries this smoothie not only tastes great but it packs a powerful cold busting punch. Here’s the recipe.
Banana Orange Berry Coldbuster Smoothie
1/3 c frozen or fresh blueberries
4 oz orange juice
1 tbsp collagen powder
1/2 c spinach (or any green leafy veggies)
5-6 ice cubes
Add everything to a blender and give it a whirl. Enjoy immediately.
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One of the many benefits to eating a really balanced diet that includes a ton of fruits and veggies is that you hardly ever get sick. All those fruits and veggies combine really well to create the perfect cocktail of vitamins and minerals that stop virus and bacteria from multiplying in your system but every now and again the winter cold can sneak right by and you end up feeling like doing nothing but cuddling under a blanket with a giant box of tissues and a gallon of cold medicine to mask the symptoms. One of my favorite tried and true cold busters is this bone broth recipe.
When I think about being sick the first cold remedy that I think of is chicken noodle soup. There is a bit of science that backs why chicken noodle soup is perfect for helping your cold. The steamy broth is really the key and every culture has their version of a broth based soup that is warm and comforting to make even the worst cold pass quickly.
Bone broth is an immune booster and is incredibly helpful in treating leaky gut syndrome. Because it is simmered for several hours, it breaks down bones and ligaments to release nutrients like amino acids, collagen, gelatin and trace minerals like calcium and phosphorus that are easily digestible and readily available for your body to absorb.
Unfortunately, a lot of the broth and stocks that you buy in the store are made with synthetic meat flavors, MSG and a ton of added sodium along with other additives and preservatives to increase shelf life.
Bone broth is super easy to make at home and really convenient. I tend to like using chicken bones for bone broth just because a rotisserie chicken is my most favorite fast food option. The way i see it is that I can have the chicken for dinner that night and just make a couple easy sides and then use the bones from the chicken for my broth. This means no waste. Here’s the recipe
Bone Broth Recipe
Bones and skin from 1 grass fed roasted or organic chicken
8 cups water
1 bay leaf
2 celery stalks
Toss everything in a crock pot and set it on the 12 hour setting. I like to do this before I go to bed and then wake up to a large pot of bone broth.
Discard the bones and veggies (they have given all they have to give) and strain your broth through a mesh strainer or some cheesecloth
Allow your bone broth to cool then, store in the refrigerator for 3-4 days or freeze it for up to a year.
Tip: I like to freeze my bone broth in ice cube trays and then pop out the cubes and put them into a zip top bag or freezer safe storage container.
Warning: I don’t want you to be surprised when you pull your cooled broth out of the fridge. Because of the collagen and gelatin that naturally occurs, it will be a bit wiggly and jelly like. Don’t worry, it thins out again when you warm it.
I like to season my bone broth as I use it with just a bit of salt, pepper and paprika if i’m having it plain or I like to serve with noodles, and season with a bit of tamari, ginger, and red pepper flakes.
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I am so excited that it finally feels like fall around here. After the crazy southern California heat wave that we get every September and October it feels really great to trade out tank tops for sweaters and enjoy comforting and warm dishes that make me think of all the things I grew up on.
When I was younger and living a pretty unhealthy and exhausted life, I wold make these milkshakes that were incredible. Basically, I wold put ice cream, milk and an entire piece of pie in the blender and give it a whirl. Then, put it all in a tall frosty glass and top it with whipped cream and gram crackers. The were absolutely delicious but they had a ton of unwanted calories, fat and sugar plus they were full of dairy and gluten which I’m pretty sensitive to.
Now that i’m living a much healthier lifestyle I understand that things like that just aren’t something I want to put into my body. The dairy makes me tired, phlegmy and totally bloated and uncomfortable in my clothes. The gluten gives me an unsightly skin rash and all the extra sugar and calories are something that i’m just not about anymore. But I still crave those same amazing flavors because…I’m still human. So I came up with a way healthier version. Here’s the recipe.
Pumpkin Spice Smoothie Recipe
4 oz canned pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filing)
3 tbsp gluten free oats
1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
4 oz flax milk or nondairy milk of choice
1 tsp ground flax seeds
2-3 pitted dates (depending on how sweet you like it)
4-5 ice cubes
1 scoop plan based vanilla protein powder (optional)
1 can coconut milk (optional)
1 tsp unsweetened coconut (optional)
Add the first 7 ingredients to a blender and whirl away
add the unsweetened coconut to a dry pan on medium heat and toast until golden and set aside to cool (this happnes quickly so keep an eye on it)
scoop the cream from the top of the can of coconut milk and whip with a pinch of pumpkin pie spice
Top your smoothie with this coconut whipped cream and toasted coconut