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Hi, I’m Kim Christensen, M.Om., Dipl.OM, L.Ac. I’m a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and owner of Constellation Acupuncture & Healing Arts in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Back before going to school and becoming a healthcare practitioner, Affairs of Living was my creative outlet while healing from chronic health issues. There's big changes coming to the site - it will soon be the home of my new health coaching practice! Stay tuned. 

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Super Health Broth (gluten-free, vegan, ACD)

super health broth

I'm currently in the middle of the Colon Cleanse from Blessed Herbs, a 9-day cleansing program that removes mucoid plaque from your colon. Sounds lovely, right? [insert heavy sarcasm] Yeah, mucoid plaque may be disgusting, but the way I figure it, I'd rather get it out then let is stay in my body. So, out it must come...haven't seen any yet, but I'm still early in the cleanse. 

Right now I'm swimming in the liquid fast portion of the cleanse. Apple juice psyllium drink, herbal digestive stimulator supplements, warm broth, and herbal tea pretty much summarizes what I'm allowed to consume at the moment. It may sound awful, but honestly, it isn't bad. I feel much better than I thought I would, and am enjoying the apple juice and broth plan quite a bit. The first few days of the pre-cleanse (where food is allowed but slowly reduced) were actually harder for me than the liquid part of this fast, which surprises me greatly. And I'm definitely noticing some very positive cleansing effects on my colon. I'll skip the gory details and leave it at that for now.  

Once I'm done, I plan on writing up a review and summary of my experiences with this cleansing kit.  In the meantime, I want to share a broth recipe with you. This broth is really tasty and is currently the highlight of my day.  Perhaps my food deprived existence at the moment sways my judgement a bit, but truly, this broth is bomb.  It tastes very fresh, very green, and it makes you feel warm, satisfied and nourished. Yum! And best yet, it was very simple to make.  I've made similar broths before just to have around when I'm feeling in need of something cleansing, but I think I hit the nail on the head with this combination.

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What makes this broth so health promoting?  The first thing is that it packs a great mixture of super powerful vegetables. Turnips are naturally antimicrobial, and are packed with potassium and vitamin C. Carrots are loaded with vitamin A. Parsley is a powerhouse, loaded with vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin A, and valuable volatile oils that may have anticarcinogenic qualities. Celery and zucchini are fabulous sources of natural sodium, and green beans have an impressive assortment of vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants. Wow!  The short cooking time keeps the nutrients of the vegetables intact, meaning you get all sorts of good antioxidants, vitamins and minerals with every sip of this broth. These nutrients will help nourish you while you cleanse, giving your body what it needs to be strong and giving your brain a sense of satisfaction.  Broth like this is super cool because all those minerals and vitamins and antioxidants are readily available and easy to absorb, but without requiring a lot of digestive energy. This means your body can use that energy for healing and restoring itself, rather than breaking down all sorts of food. Pretty cool, right?

Additionally, these ingredients help promote a proper balance of sodium and potassium, an important thing to think about if you are undertaking a cleansing regimen. A touch of unrefined sea salt provides excellent trace minerals, and miso provides good bacteria to help support your gut flora and support proper digestion.  And of course, this broth is also wonderfully hydrating.  Yay! Super health broth rocks!

Either strain out the veggies and use the clear broth, or blend the veggies with the liquid for a thicker soup-type broth - the choice is up to you. Since I'm on a liquid diet, I'm straining out my vegetables, and saving them for later in the freezer - they will be perfect to  add to soups and casseroles, or to reheat for a quick vegetable side dish.  Waste not, want not!

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Super Health Broth

adapted from Sally Fallon's Nourishing Traditions

This broth is excellent for fall or winter detox/cleansing regimens. Use organic vegetables if possible.

  • 3 stalks celery
  • 3 medium zucchini
  • 2-3 cups green string beans, ends removed
  • 3 carrots
  • 1 turnip, peeled (optional, but high in potassium and vitamin C)
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled (optional)
  • 1 bunch fresh parsley
  • 4 quarts filtered water
  • optional: 1/2 tsp unrefined salt (like Real Salt, Pink Himalayan Salt, or Premier Pink Salt)
  • optional: miso (South River azuki bean and chickpea misos are soy-free and gluten-free)

Clean all vegetables well and chop.  Place water and all vegetables except parsley in a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and let simmer for 20 minutes. Then add parsley and cook another 10 minutes.  Vegetables should be just barely tender and should not overcooked.

Now you have two options...

Option 1, Clear Broth: Strain out vegetables and put in the refrigerator or freezer for later use - they are perfect to add to soups, casseroles, etc. Then put broth in jars and store in the refrigerator, reheating as necessary. If desired, stir in a tablespoon of miso into each serving after broth is heated (strain out miso chunks before serving if you are on a liquid diet).  This clear broth is perfect for liquid cleansing regimens or to drink as a nourishing beverage anytime.

Option 2, Chunky Broth & Veggies: Eat broth with chunks of vegetables, or blend broth with cooked vegetables to desired consistency with a blender or immersion blender. Serve warm, storing leftovers in fridge and heating as necessary. Add a tablespoon of miso if desired to each serving after it is heated.  This option is more filling than the clear broth, and is good if you are doing a light cleanse or want a simple, light meal to recover from tummy troubles, illness, or to balance yourself out after an overindulgent weekend.

And finally, one more bonus option..

If you are permitted to eat fat during your cleansing period, try put a little dab of butter or coconut oil in it before consuming. It can help absorption and give increased satisfaction. Yum!




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Reader Comments (2)

I've been really into broths lately. I am lovin' parsnips & fennel & chuck them in with my other veggies too. (for the fennel - definitely the staks, fronds and outer hard layer of the bulb). I wish more people used fennel. It bothers me that it's always described as having a licorice flavor. It puts people immediately since licorice is a love it or hate it flavor. Most people I know hate it. It's so subtle and fragrant. I put it in everything. Hubby loves it raw in salads. I know - enough fennel talk tangent!

Thank you for this. It's another to add to my repertoire.

I always look fwd to your posts, Kim. Have a great day!

January 13, 2011 | Unregistered Commentergina

Fabulous recipe, and I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the cleanse kit. I've been wanting to do a cleanse for quite some time.... but am so overwhelmed by all the choices.

January 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStephinie
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