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TCM Soup by Margaret Lee

TCM Soup by Margaret Lee

In TCM the Lungs and Large Intestine are associated with Autumn, they are the yin & yang pairs responsible for taking in the new and letting go of the old. This time of the year is important to take care of the Lung system to avoid colds, flu and allergies especially since it has direct access to the external environment.

In #TCMnutrition, the food flavour, temperature and colour have healing properties for the body. Eating too much excess cold and raw food creates dampness or phlegm that can result in stagnation and blockages leading to imbalance.

🍁Eat less cold and uncooked foods. That means switching to warmer drinks, soups, stews and steamed vegetables.

What’s in Margaret Lee‘s soup?

Lots of onions, garlic, sweet potato, celery, kale, cherry tomatoes, oyster mushrooms, green onions, miso and bone broth.

📷@nutriacure

Comfort by the Cup

Comfort by the Cup

by Health & Wellness Retailer Magazine, pages 17-18

Soup has long been considered a comfort food. In fact, many people rely on broths, bisques, and bouillabaisses to help them get through a bout of a cold or the chilliest winter months. It warms from the inside out and is the perfect accompaniment to a salad or your favourite sandwich. Alone or as a side dish, with a good book or a slice of homemade bread, soup is a staple in many people’s lives for both comfort and wellness.

Hot liquids, in general, help to keep the body hydrated, soothe a sore throat and can relieve nasal congestion. In fact, chicken soup, in particular, is notoriously associated with cold and flu recovery because chicken contains an amino acid called cysteine, which is released when made into broth. Dr. Christian Brix of BONED Broth says, “Cysteine is an amino acid that helps improve communication in our immune cells, which aids in the body’s healing process.”

According to The Dieticians of Canada, “Many foods in our diet can be filled with sodium, and too much salt can raise your blood pressure, as sodium draws water from the body to the veins, leaving your body vulnerable to dehydration. Dehydration can lead to unclear thinking, mood changes, digestive issues, and other health issues.”

In other words, consuming soup is not only beneficial for a person’s emotional state; it’s good for the body too.

Dieticians of Canada advise, “Not only is soup perfect for staying cozy and healthy, but soup made with bone broth is rich in minerals that support the immune system and feature collagen, which has been shown to help heal the gut lining from damage; in addition, bone broth has been known to help to make your skin glow and reduce joint pain as well as support digestive health.”

BONED Broth has recently undergone a rebranding, coming back to market as the only federally certified organic brand of bone broth in Canada. BONED Broth was born from co-owner grandma Marie’s Slovakian family recipes, brought over from the old country. She and Dr. Christian Brix along with board member, Dr. Jennifer Dyck, naturopathic doctor remain committed to not only producing the freshest, and most nutrient-packed broths, but also to share the education about the benefits of broth. And, with a new kitchen in Vancouver’s lower mainland, supply demands will not be an issue. “Our greatest challenge was getting the best quality bones. But we have found them,” he says, “and we are more prepared than ever to deliver the best possible bone broth.”

He goes on, “One of the most popular movements in the world of nutrition these days is to follow a Keto or Paleo diet. Bone broth is a superstar for anyone wanting to adhere to a Keto/Paleo program.”

Dr. Brix and Dr. Dyck lecture together, spreading the word about the health benefits and medical upside to regularly consuming bone broth.

Read the whole article in this Fall 2018 edition of Health & Wellness Retailer Magazine, pages 17-18

Purple Sweet Potato Bone Broth Soup

Purple Sweet Potato Bone Broth Soup

Who doesn’t love looking at this bowl or soup? We know we do!

By RACHAEL’S GOOD EATS

 Servings 2 servings
 Author Rachael DeVaux

Ingredients

  • 2-3 cups bone broth (I use Bonafide Provision’s)
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 1 medium purple sweet potato, skinned and diced
  • 1-2 tbsp avocado or olive oil
  • 1 organic chicken breast
  • 3 heaping cups swiss chard, chopped
  • 1 tbsp ghee (I use Fourth & Heart Himalayan Pink Salt)
  • pink salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Chop chicken breast into 1-inch pieces and sauté in a skillet with oil, s + p until fully cooked.

  2. Meanwhile, in a medium pot, sauté diced purple sweet potato in oil, salt and pepper for about 8-10 minutes on medium heat, stirring constantly. Once sweet potato is slightly tender, add in remaining ingredients (broth, water, ghee, Swiss chard, s + p) + cooked chicken and let heat for 5-7 minutes, covered.

  3. Top with red chili flakes and diced avocado. Enjoy!

CHFA East 2017

CHFA East 2017

We are extremely excited to be returning to the CHFA East on Saturday September 16th and Sunday September 17th 2017, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

“The path to retail excellence begins at CHFA East.  Discover the latest trends and new product offerings from 850 exhibiting companies.  Enjoy big savings on show specials, sample product to your heart’s content and make new business connections.  Whether you are sourcing natural health products or specialty foods like organic, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, kosher or halal – it’s all here at CHFA East!”.

If you are looking to see our products on the retail shelf near you in Eastern Canada, send a note to the local grocery buyers at your favourite grocery stores and let them know by including a link to this post!  We’ll be in Booth #1100.  We can’t wait to meet and greet all the fabulous health-preneurs and foodies representing the best in grocery and independent retail in your neck of the woods.  We’ll be showing all our new and current retail suppliers how we sip it and soup it with some fun recipes featuring our Boned Broths.

Can’t wait?  Check out our Store Locator here to see all the stores that are currently carrying Boned Broth products.  You can also sign up for our Newsletter below for any updates, recipes, informative product write ups or new store location announcements!

See you soon Toronto!

Ironman Canada 2017

Ironman Canada 2017

We had been to Whistler before but we had never seen Whistler like this.  The small ski town that is always buzzing with tourists and travelers not only transforms into the IRONMAN hive when the race comes to town, but an epicenter of inspiration and spirit.  It was as if every single resident of every age was on a sideline cheering if they weren’t volunteering at transition stations or passing out water, energy drinks and when the time came, our Boned Broth at the aide stations.

We came to Whistler in July 2017 for our first partnership with IRONMAN hoping to educate the athletes but mostly to provide a quality bone broth on the course that was so much more than the usual basic stock or bouillon that they receive.  Our BC based business came and did what we set out to do, but the boost to our spirit that we received from participating has been the nutrient dense supplement boost that we needed.

SWIM

We were up at the crack of dawn and rode the athletes and VIP bus over to the lake.  The rising sun could not have been more beautiful and a little hot broth on the dock as the rolling starts to the Pro Women’s, IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 all began.  The amazing head start from BC Pro Athlete Rachel McBride on the swim had us reeling with excitement and the array of athletes showed no boundaries.  The mood was fuel in itself.

BIKE

The transition from swim to bike was the first stop to where the organization and the amount of volunteers to run the IRONMAN really started to show its true efficiency.  If we could have predicted the beautiful moments that we would capture with our eyes we may never have put our camera down.  From the mom that stopped to kiss her husband and baby to the pure energy of the athletes’ entourages that were there every step of the way.  We were absolutely in the midst of awesomeness.

RUN

The above pic of the little girl volunteer passing the cup of water to the female athlete has to be one of our absolute faves!  This is where the hardcore volunteers came to play!  The kids that were at our tent handing out cool drinks for the first half and our broth later on were phenomenal bundles of energy and enthusiasm.  They proudly scooped up cup after cup from the table and clearly shouted out the contents of each cup to ensure each runner was fueled with the exact right drink.  They were relentless and fierce and didn’t let down for one second   fearing one athlete might pass them by.  It was pure magic to see such passion and commitment from all the volunteers.

In the end, it was Linsey Corbin that took the lead and was the Ironman Champion in Whistler with Rachel McBride following close up in 3rd place.  YAY BC!   The place to be is definitely the finish line!  The expressions, the support, the triumph!  Here’s what Linsey Corbin posted recently on her blog about the race (also check out the little video on her website here):

 

“We put ourselves in a vulnerable position when we start a race, putting it all on the line after so much work goes into a single day.  You have to not be afraid to fail and that takes courage.  I have failed many times over my career, and to put it bluntly:  it sucks.  Those are the days that build character, thicken your skin, and show what you are made of.  Those are also the days that make Sunday all the more special for me.  I encourage everyone to find something you are passionate about that gets you out of bed everyday, chase that dream and don’t stop until you get there.  If you fail short of your goals, don’t let that stop you.  Keep working hard, keep chasing, stay the course, if you fail – dust yourself off to get back up again and have some fun along the way.  The spirit of Ironman is “Anything is Possible” and I truly believe that if you put your mind to it, anything IS possible.”

We won’t even both saying that we couldn’t have said it better ourselves.  We can’t.  We’re not IRONMANS… yet!

 

LOVE

What an incredible experience it has been to attend and sponsor an IRONMAN event in beautiful Whistler BC in the summer of 2017.  We absolutely want to say a big thank you to the coordinators, especially Sean and Morgan on site and Brett behind the scenes.

It was a fantastic experience connecting with all you amazing athletes, vendors (check out our inspiring neighbours in the IRONMAN Village Naak Bars and 1st Endurance Canada) and volunteers and we would absolutely love to return again.  Thanks also to Olives Community Market in Function Junction for being the go-to place in Whistler that currently carries Boned and one final thank you to The Green Moustache for keeping us full of delicious smoothie bowls and other goodies between cups of broth and connection.  A definite place to go if you are in the village!

 

Broth on!


Credits // Author and Photography: Suzanne Serwatuk