Happy Saint Patrick’s Day everyone!!! I know a lot of people are super into Saint Patrick’s Day, but not being Irish or a big drinker I’ve just never really gotten into it. Heck, I’m not even wearing green today (please don’t pinch me!). So while I won’t be partaking in any Irish car bombs or corned beef hash, that doesn’t mean I can’t get into the spirit with a little green beverage…and no I don’t mean green beer!
I’m talking about some green bone broth! This recipe is part of an updated AIP version of me eBook that I’ve been working on for a special secret project, but I wanted to share it with you all today for the sake of being festive and everything.
The problem with your typical green smoothie is that raw leafy greens like spinach and kale that people commonly put in their green smoothie contain oxalic acid. Oxalates are naturally occurring substances found in plants that help protect the plant from predators. In perfectly healthy people, oxalates aren’t harmful. However, when consumed in large amounts (like in a daily smoothie with several cups of raw greens) they can cause inflammation. In addition, oxalic acid also binds to calcium and other minerals and prevents their absorption.
However, when you cook greens, the oxalic acid content is greatly reduced. So in the case of this Green Machine Bone Broth recipe, because the greens are cooked before being blended into the broth (with some fat of course so you can absorb the fat soluble vitamins in the greens), the threat of any issues potential posed by oxalic acid is minimized and the minerals are readily available to be used by the body.
Is that enough geeking out for one blog post? I think so. So let’s get to the recipe!
- 8 oz warm bone broth
- 1 cup greens, packed (spinach, kale, chard, etc)
- 1 Tbs fat of choice (butter, ghee, coconut oil, etc)
- ¼ tsp salt
- ⅛ tsp garlic powder
- Heat broth in a small saucepan over medium heat.
- Bring to a boil and add the greens.
- Reduce to a simmer and cook until the greens are cooked through.
- Add fat of choice, salt and garlic powder and blend with an immersion blender until combined. Alternatively, add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth.
- Pour into your favorite mug and enjoy.
Do you have any fun plans for Saint Patrick’s Day? Are you planning on indulging a bit today? Remember, this is a judgment free zone over here so feel free to share!
In vibrant health,