Nourishing, Cleansing and Warming Borscht
Here we are fully into the New Year and I am still on my mission to recalibrate and cleanse my body after the food indulgences of the holiday period.
When you hit your forties, restriction and denial, fasting and juice-only cleanses just do not support your body or deliver the results that you might have enjoyed in your twenties.
The forties are a time of hormonal adjustment as our bodies do their peri-menopausal dance and begin to wind down.
Hormonal change always creates stress in our bodies…come on ladies, we recognize that tension every month! With the stress in our lives and stress in our bodies…..the last thing we need is to throw in the reduced nourishment of the ‘master cleanse’ or a crash diet.
Extreme weight loss diets are a recipe for metabolic shock and for the body to hold onto whatever weight you are carrying as it panics about your food supply. It is harmful for the thyroid gland and can throw us into even more of a hormonal roller coaster.
What our bodies need is deeply nutritious, calming, grounding and cleansing foods. Especially during the cold winter months.
This Borscht recipe fits the bill perfectly.
Just look at those deep beautiful colours!
Beets contain compounds that support our livers to detox the body gently daily.
Bone broth is dense in micro-minerals that help the metabolism to function more efficiently, to provide support to tissue repair and renewal and to ‘heal and seal’ the gut lining after an onslaught of alcohol and sugary foods over the holiday season.
Onion and garlic are cleansing to the blood and support a strong immune system.
Red cabbage provides anti-cancerous properties and a hefty dose of vitamin C to aid cleansing and again to support the immune system.
Caraway seeds contain calming oils and add an anti-flatulant property to this vegetable rich food!
Warm blended soups are easy on the digestion. they do not ‘shock’ the stomach like a cold smoothie, they make it easy for the body to absorb the soups nutritional content and are gentle with the thyroid gland (our bodies thermostat) as they warm the body gently from the inside.
Warm, flavourful and easy to digest, this is a perfect dish to include in your after Christmas reset rotation.
- 1 heaped tbsp coconut oil
- 4 medium beets diced
- 1 red onion diced
- 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
- 3 stalks celery finely sliced
- 1000ml or 4 cups chicken or beef bone broth
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tsp caraway leaves
- 1 big chunk red cabbage (2 cups finely chopped) sliced finely
- Melt the coconut oil in a large saucepan
- Add the onion, garlic, celery, beets, caraway seeds and bay leaves and sauté gently for 10 minutes until the vegetables are softening and here is an aromatic smell of caraway seed. (you can add a little hot water from a boiled kettle if your vegetables are burning)
- Add the bone broth and simmer the soup for 10 - 15 minutes.
- remove the bay leaves and blend the soup until smooth with a stick blender.
- At the last minute add the red cabbage and simmer for 2 minutes until it is wilted so as to preserve the vitamin C content.
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