This vegan bone broth alternative includes an assortment of vegetables that are rich in vitamins A, B, C, and E as well as antioxidants and phytonutrients that protect the body from free radicals.
This broth is a tonic to help with general health and boost immunity. The ingredients such as sweet potato, carrot, cabbage and cashew help to strengthen the spleen/stomach dynamic, whilst ingredients such as lemon and avocado help with qi energy such as the liver qi. Tofu helps strengthen Kidney qi.
Many thanks to Peaceful Dumpling for the inspiration for this recipe.
I love this Roast Vegetables recipe; it is so easy to prepare and makes a great side dish, or the base of a number of different meals. It’s my current favourite take to work lunch, mixed with other leftovers. Each of these vegetables contains a wide variety of vitamins, minerals and trace elements which are essential for health and vitality, as well as being rich in fibre which helps you feel sated for longer. Match with green vegetables and/or chickpeas, plus hummus for a balanced vegan option, or add as a side dish to a meat-based casserole or a slow cooked meat dish.
Energetics of Spring
Spring energy is about rising upwards and expanding outwards. All around you, nature is growing green shoots and plants are blossoming. The body naturally becomes more active at this time; it is the time of year to rise early with the sun and take brisk walks, this gently activates the body’s energy and is in harmony with the ascending and expanding energy of the season.
Spring is a new beginning; a time to see things in a new way. Spring is the time to contact your true nature and give attention to your own self-awareness and self-expression.
Food habits for Spring
Spring is the time of year that we naturally eat less, and this can even be a time for fasting, in order to cleanse the body of the heavier and fatty foods eaten during winter. The foods eaten during spring should reflect the ascending and expansive qualities of the season – fresh greens, young plants and sprouts, plus wheatgrass or other cereal grasses – which can be a way to create a little personal spring within the body. One way of producing this effect is to combine a little concentrated sweetener with pungent herbs (eg. mint tea with a dash of honey).
Shredded Beetroot, Carrot and Apple Salad
Spring is the time to cleanse the body fats and heavy foods of winter and attend to your Liver and Gallbladder, which have been busy working overtime during winter processing the heavy sodium rich foods you were enjoying.
Your diet should become lighter with sweet*, pungent** foods emphasizing the Yang, ascending and expansive qualities of Spring, with young plants, fresh greens and sprouts. This shredded Beetroot, Carrot and Apple Salad combines these properties with some Liver stimulating*** ingredients to really benefit the Liver and Gallbladder. Raw garlic also assists to reduce catarrh(inflammation of mucous membranes) which is beneficial in reducing hayfever symptoms in Spring.
Bone broth is excellent for the winter as it supports and nourishes your kidneys.
The bones (particularly beef bones with marrow in them) contain minerals which are more easily absorbed. They support your adrenals and improve bone density and health and also help to balance the good micro-organisms in your gut.
If you are unable to get beef bones, chicken is your next choice. Lamb can also be used, just check with your Chinese Medicine practitioner that it’s not too warming for your body type.