A great assist to the warming is something called "bone broth." This is a traditional food that is very grounding and foundational. And its so easy to make, and perfect for the cold winter.
You can also add vegetables, herbs and spices during the simmering. Strain these all out at the end of your cooking time, and you are left with mineral-rich, bone-building broth to use as a simple soup itself, or to use as a base for other soups, or you can use this instead of water when cooking grains like rice or quinoa. It gets soaked up into the grains and they become super-mineral-rich. Wait for the broth to cool, then put into containers (leave some room on top) and freeze. If you use quart or pint containers it is easy to defrost and heat up for small serving sizes.
**Kitchen Tip*** During the week, when you are chopping vegetables for your meals, instead of throwing out or composting your carrot tops, garlic and onion skins, the inside stalk of greens like kale or collards that you may not want to eat, put them in a ziploc bag and keep in the vegetable drawer of your fridge. As the week goes on, keep on filling it up. Then use these in your bone broth!
You can also buy bones from the meat dept. of your grocery store to make bone broth. And you can use any kinds of bones you'd like, even fish bones. Just make sure you are using the bones of healthy animals that were grass fed or raised with organic feed. For extra minerals, throw in some seaweed like hijiki or dulse when you are simmering up the broth.
By making bone broth, we are taking the minerals found in the parts of the food we don't eat and finding a way to consume them and incorporate them into our bodies. I particularly like how I can get vitamins and minerals from food instead of supplements. The calcium, magnesium and phosporus you can get from bone broth is much more readily absorbable than supplements you may buy.
So try it out and see how it feels. You may find your hair and nails are thicker and more lusterous. This is a gift of bone broth. Plus a nice warming base for your winter meals. Great for digestion, too!
Enjoy, and let me know how you like it.
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