REAL FOOD 101: How to Make Beef Stock

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Wintertime always seems full of good cheer and warming foods: hearty soups and stews, bright cranberries and pomegranate seeds, hearty root vegetables.  These foods all provide seasonal nutrients that we need to stay healthy and properly nourished.  In my opinion, probably due to my body’s intense need for it, the heart of cold season nourishing foods is bone broth. [Read more…]

REAL FOOD 101: How to Make Chicken Stock

Real Food 101: How to Make Chicken Stock | OUR NOURISHING ROOTS

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Besides craving the warming spices of autumn in oatmeals and quickbreads, when October rolls around I can feel a change in the air.  That shift tells me something subtle, but that I always notice.  It is not just time to enjoy cool breezes across the desert at night, to get out slippers and sweaters; it is time for a shift in my body and soul.  I start to crave warm soups and stocks, hearty dishes that will nourish me to the bone as the Earth tilts away from the Sun.

I know that we live in a culture that villianizes fats and nourishment.  We are told, especially as women, to deprive ourselves of food for beauty.  Well it didn’t matter how much I deprived myself of calories and fats, I wasn’t happy or healthy.  I was shocked when I realized that fats are nourishing.  I have found that true nourishment means that I feel satiated and energized, not fat and unhappy like conventional dietary perspectives insist.  I have actually lost weight and gained energy by eating three square meals a day, each loaded with traditional fats like grass-fed butter, egg yolks, and coconut oil.  It was this acceptance of healthy fats that helped me turn the health corner to greater vibrancy and feeling like my “real self”.

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