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The chilly winter months are the perfect time for thinking about giving your immune system a little boost. My favorite way to do this is with nourishing foods that not only taste wonderful but also give my body the building blocks it needs for better health. Today's recipe for Golden Broth contains some of my favorite immune system assistants: homemade broth, turmeric, ginger, and garlic.
A few months ago, I shared my recipe for Golden Milk. I enjoy this drink so much, but sometimes I prefer a savory cup over something sweet. Enter Golden Broth.
Turmeric is the star of today's recipe and it is one special little root. It gets its lovely golden color from curcumin, which not only boosts the immune system but also strengthens the digestive system and supports joint health.
It's important to include black pepper in preparations involving turmeric as the piperine (what makes pepper peppery!) increases the bio-availability of the curcumin, making it easier for the body to absorb this beneficial nutrient. Adding some coconut milk provides some healthy fats which also assist in the absorption of all this immune boosting goodness!
Ginger and garlic are also well-known for their anti-inflammatory properties and are the perfect flavor compliments to turmeric. These three powerful flavors make for one delicious cup of broth!
I highly recommend making your own broth for this recipe. It's simple, economical, and the taste is like nothing you will ever find in the store. Broth freezes well and is wonderful to have on hand for soups, stews, sauces, or recipes like this one!
Homemade broths contain the components of both collagen and cartilage (glucosamine and chondroitin), which have been shown to be beneficial in the treatment of arthritis and joint injuries. Homemade Broths are also a healthy source of gelatin. Gelatin is made up of the amino acids arginine and glycine, which are helpful in aiding digestion and encouraging the body to utilize complete proteins more efficiently. Gelatin is sometimes referred to as “Nature’s Botox” as it is known to promote hair, skin, and nail growth!
Important Note On Gelatin Types
When it comes to gelatin, you don’t want any old gelatin off the supermarket shelves. You want to look for 100% grass-fed gelatin from healthy animals. Just like other animal products, quality is important. I discuss this in detail in this post, The Scoop on Gelatin Brands.
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How to Make Golden Broth
- 4 cups of homemade chicken stock
- 1 cup of coconut milk
- 1 turmeric root, peeled and diced
- 1 inch piece of ginger root, peeled and diced
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- Several pinches of freshly ground pepper
- Place all of the above ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat and bring to a simmer.
- Simmer for 10 minutes and then remove from the heat.
- Use an immersion blender or a regular blender to puree the turmeric and ginger into the liquid, giving you a smooth broth for sipping!
- Serve in a bowl or a mug. Keep leftovers in a Mason jar in the refrigerator. Enjoy!