The Bone Broth Post-Holiday Detox
Get yourself back on track with bone broth and a few powerful vegetables.
The Holiday season has come and gone, and somehow you (once again) managed to survive. Yes, you finished your holiday shopping, and made it to every party you had on the books. We bet you even managed to have quite a bit of good food, goodwine and good cheer. But now, in the harsh light of January, that mantra of “What the heck? It’s only once a year” doesn’t quite hold up. The indiscretions of the Holiday season are difficult to grapple with every year, but this year, face your New Year’s resolutions with determination instead of guilt. Instead of despairing over your lack of will power, be grateful for the fun you had. A happy life is all about balance, so we at Bone & Co. are pleased to provide you with a few detox tips and a simple recipe to help you get back on track after a season of indulgence.
MAKE A CHANGE WITH BONE BROTH:
The most common New Year’s resolution is to get fit. It’s no wonder gyms are lousy with new members every January. Unfortunately, this popular resolution is often abandoned by March. But there’s no need to brace for failure if you’ve decided to give this resolution a go. You can do it and the best way to ensure your success is to enjoy it. And in order to enjoy your time at the gym, it’s vital that you work at your own pace and fuel your body appropriately before and after your workout. That’s where bone broth comes in.
Bone broth helps hydrate your body before you even set foot on a treadmill. With bone broth in your corner you can start strong, avoid muscle cramps, and finish on a high note. And if a nasty cough is keeping you from the gym, bone broth will help reduce the symptoms to ensure you don’t fall out of step with your fitness routine. After your sweat session, bone broth has a role to play as well. It helps replace the electrolytes and sodium you lost during your workout. Bone broth is also rich in amino acids, which are adept at repairing and strengthening fatigued muscles.
Bone broth may play a vital role in your journey towards your new found fitness, but it can’t do it alone.Starting with a clean slate before undertaking a major lifestyle change will make the transition easier and decidedly less painful. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of foods that will make your transition from holiday glutton to proud powerhouse a smooth one. Get ready to detox.
Artichokes contain caffeoylquinic acids, antioxidant plant compounds that stimulate the production of bile. Bile is produced by the liver as a means to digest fat. A healthy flow of bile helps the body efficiently eliminate inflammatory substances found in fatty foods, like those shortbread cookies you couldn’t say no to. Artichokes are a great way to rid your system of potentially harmful compounds that may have lingered in the aftermath of your Holiday indiscretions.
Beloved by many for its creamy texture, the avocado is a lot more than a crave-worthy bite. Avocados contain monounsaturated fatty acids as well as glutathione. These compounds stop the absorption of certain fats by the intestines. This limits the potential for oxidative damage to the intestines. Avocados also helps cleanse the liver.
We know it’s cliché to suggest kale, but this veg is a health nut’s cliché for a reason. Like other members of the cruciferous family, kale is rich in antioxidants. Studies suggest that eating a diet rich in kale can limit the risk of certain cancers. Kale is also an excellent source of glutathione, an antioxidant that helps detoxify the liver. This leafy green is also high in fiber, so it’s great for digestion. Try to eat kale and the other members of the cruciferous family raw. They are at their most nutrient-rich when they are uncooked.
Yes, dill is the eternal friend to seafood, but it’s also a good ally in the fight to stay healthy and eat clean. This punchy, refreshing herb activates glutathione and propels the antioxidant into action. As we mentioned before, glutathione helps detoxify the liver by attracting potentially harmful free radical molecules and disarming them. Dill is also rich in Vitamin C and it just so happens to be cold and flu season, so eat up!
Citrus fruits find their way into every cold remedy under the sun and with good reason. Their vitamin C levels are off the charts. Lemons will help arm you against the worst of the worst this cold and flu season. And on top of the anti-bacterial properties, lemons also so have a knack for making all this healthy stuff way more palatable, so squeeze away.
At this point you’re probably wondering where you’re going to find the time to consume a head of kale, and bail of dill. We get it. You work for a living; you can’t spend all your time consuming vegetables. That’s why we’ve concocted this delicious Green Detox Gazpacho. It features all of the detox-friendly foods we’ve covered as well as a hefty dose of bone broth. Not only does this Green Detox Gazpacho have everything you need to reset after the holidays, it’s also simple and quick to make, especially if you take advantage of Bone & Co.’s exclusive door-to-door delivery service. And the gazpacho is as sip-able as it is spoon-able, so slip it in a to-go mug and eat on the go.
Post-holiday detoxing doesn’t have to complicated or time-consuming. All you need is a few good vegetables, a little bone broth and a whole lot of heart. Put your best foot forward this New Year with Bone & Co.
GREEN DETOX SOUP
Makes 6 cups
1 (14 oz.) can whole artichoke hearts in water, drained
1 bunch kale, washed and stems removed
2 avocados, peeled and pitted
¼ cup fresh dill, coarsely chopped
3 cup Bone & Co’s chicken bone broth
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt and Pepper to taste
- Give the artichoke hearts a firm squeeze to remove any excess moisture. Place the artichoke hearts in a large food processor.
- Add the kale and turn the food processor to high. Process the vegetables until they resemble mulch.
- Add the avocado and dill. Process until the avocado forms a rich creamy paste, and the kale and artichokes are well integrated.
- Turn the food processor to low and slowly pour in the bone broth, followed by the lemon juice.
- Turn the food processor off and taste the soup. Season with salt and pepper accordingly.
- Serve the gazpacho in a bowl or a to-go mug. Garnish with a dollop of yogurt and/or pomegranate arils if desired.
- The gazpacho will keep in the fridge for up to four days.