Oats are such a nutritional powerhouse and certainly one of my favourite breakfast meals! They make the perfect warming nourishing breakfast porridge in the colder months. And are fresh and delicious eaten cold as overnight oats paired with summer fruits in the warmer weather. What’s even better is you can make a large batch prepped for the next few days ahead. Now there’s no excuses for breakfast in a hurry!
It’s no secret that I love bone broth. Hence, you can catch me regularly sipping on a warm cup of broth, or using it as a base for soups, stews, curries, risotto, sautéing greens, as a stock to cook my grains, and just about everything to add flavour and incredible nourishment to dishes. I also use powered versions as a seasoning for chicken, meatballs or roasted veg for meal preps. It does take time to make a highly nourishing bone broth (as in 12-48 hours to extract the most nutrients), so I like to make a huge pot of it each time and freeze portions. However, the health and healing benefits of bone broth are more than worth your time!
I’ve found bone broth has been a key link in healing my gut and improving my skin, hair and nail health and overall health. Furthermore, the link between gut health, the brain and immune system has been recently researched. As a result, Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride author of Gut and Psychology Syndrome uses bone broth as part of the GAPS diet (a nutritional protocol) to improve gut health, leading to improvements in autoimmune, digestive, neurological and psychological conditions.
Miso is traditional Japanese seasoning made from soybeans and a grain (e.g. rice, barley, wheat, rye), fermented with salt and koji (a fungus). Before the fungus part grosses you out, this is the part that gives it health benefits, providing gut-friendly beneficial bacteria! Miso has a salty, umami flavour and is incredibly delicious as a soup and to flavour dishes.
Our gut. Our body’s second brain… That all health begins in the gut, is an understatement at best.
Our gut microbiome (or gut microflora – the bacteria composition in our gastrointestinal (GI) tract) makes up about 2kg weight, tens of trillions of microorganisms, at least 1000 species of bacteria, and over 3 million DNA genes (we have more bacterial DNA in our gut than our own DNA). Two-thirds of our microbiome is unique to each and every individual and is responsible for affecting our entire body and health in various ways. Technically we are more bacterial than we are human. Are you squirming yet??