Healing Vegan “not-bone” Broth

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Bone broths can be super beneficial for our bodies as they contain collagen and are very nutrient dense. 


Collagen is a protein that is found abundantly in the human body...and the human body actually makes its own collagen. 


Collagen fibres are used in the body to support tissues like in our skin and our joints as cartilage. 


Whilst collagen protein is found in bone broths, it is important to remember that is does not necessarily always convert to collagen in our bodies for the body to use. 


So it’s also important to support our bodies to make their own collagen.


Vegetable broths can be particularly healing for the body as they are nutrient dense, nutrient bio available and have great nutrient variance which is why they can be particularly helpful in encouraging the body to produce more collagen.  


My favourite boosting broth is dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan!  Recipe below ;)


What You'll Need:


LOTS of veges!!  Anything and Everything!! Organic is best. 


I tend to go for :


2 red potatoes

½ a celery

2 garlic cloves

5-6 pieces of snack seaweed (or seaweed of your choice)

⅓ cauliflower head

½ an onion

1-2 cups of cabbage 

1-2 carrots 

1-2 courgettes

3-4 good sized mushrooms

5 good sized kale leaves

2 teaspoons of turmeric 

1 teaspoon of salt (to taste)

The juice of one lemon

1 teaspoon of pepper

A good hanful of fresh herbs (parsley, coriander, thyme, rosemary, oregano - whatever you have in the garden!)

Other options for veggies are, leeks, kumara, spinach and parsnips..


I also recommend saving any of your veggie scraps in the freezer over a couple weeks before you make your broth, for extra goodness to add into your broth. Including; onion peels, celery leaves, garlic peels, potato peels, pumpkin skin and seeds etc. - basically anything that is a vegetable, save it and add it to the broth. 


How To Make Your Broth:


1. Wash and chop all veggies.

2. Fill a large pot with all the ingredients, and cover with filtered water (this could also be done in a slow cooker).

3. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 2.5 hours.

4. Strain vegetables from the broth. 


Agar agar is a highly nutritious and healing vegan addition if you'd like to thicken the broth. Add about a teaspoon to every cup of liquid. 


It should keep well in the fridge for a few days . Alternatively freeze in portions that suit you for later :)


xx Dr Kellee (DC)