BY: Hannah Tate

November 16, 2018

Try These 3 Health-Boosting Recipes Next Time It Gets Really Cold

The cold-weather season is officially here. While it would be ideal to lock yourself at home with endless Netflix and snacks to stay in top shape, we know that’s not going to happen. Chances are the weather will wear you down at some point this winter, so when it happens, you might as well be prepared when with these three health-boosting recipes.

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Bone Broth

Yields 2 servings

One of the most comforting things to sip on when you’re feeling down, or even just when you’re craving comforting warmth in a cup, is collagen-rich bone broth. Make a batch of this bone broth and heat it up to sip your way back to health.

Garlic, apple cider vinegar and oregano all have naturally-occurring properties that can help promote optimal health-boosting immune function, improving metabolism, and providing antioxidant support to neutralize free radicals.  Onions are naturally high in vitamin C, which is an integral part of collagen production. *

Ingredients:

  • 3 C water
  • 5 scoops Vital Proteins Bone Broth Collagen
  • ½ yellow onion
  • 4 cloves of garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 3 T apple cider vinegar
  • 4 fresh sprigs of oregano
  • 1 t black pepper
  • 1 t salt

Directions:

  1. Bring the water to a boil in a pot. Once boiling, add in the Bone Broth Collagen and stir until combined.
  2. Then add onion, garlic, apple cider vinegar, oregano, salt and pepper.
  3. Lower heat and bring water to a simmer. Cook for 15-20 minutes.
  4. After cooking, remove pot from heat and strain the ingredients.
  5. Add salt and pepper, if desired.

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Garlic Chicken and Rice Soup

Yields 4 servings

Garlic has been used for centuries as a health-enhancing tool, providing cardiovascular and immune support, which makes this garlic broth soup especially beneficial for cold weather. *

Ingredients:

  • 8 C water
  • 5 scoops Vital Proteins Bone Broth Collagen
  • 2 heads of garlic
  • 1-2 C fresh herbs, such as parsley, cilantro or thyme
  • 2 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 t black pepper
  • 1 t salt
  • 2 C baby spinach
  • 1 C cooked jasmine rice
  • 2 C cooked, shredded chicken

Directions:

  1. Slice 1 head of garlic in half crosswise, set aside. Take the remaining head of garlic and separate the cloves, crushing and peeling all of them. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium. Add crushed garlic cloves and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden and softened, about 10 minutes.
  2. Add 8 cups of water to the pot and increase heat to high until water is boiling. Add in Bone Broth Collagen and stir until dissolved. Add in the halved head of garlic and fresh herbs. Reduce heat to simmer broth until it is reduced almost by half and garlic is tender, about 30-40 minutes. Season with 2 tablespoons of salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper, to taste.
  3. Strain broth through a mesh strainer or use a slotted spoon to remove garlic and herbs.
  4. Return broth to the pot with the cooked rice and chicken. Heat over medium-high until chicken and rice are warmed through. Stir in spinach until wilted.
  5. Divide soup among bowls, serve immediately. Soup will keep for 3 days.

RELATED: How to Make Bone Broth

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Vitamin C Elixir

Yields 2 servings

This drink includes vitamin C-rich kale, strawberries, oranges and pineapple, which is especially important since we cannot produce vitamin C on our own. Vitamin C is vital for the formation of collagen, absorption of iron, maintenance of cartilage, bones and teeth and healthy immune function.  Our Elixir also includes turmeric, an immune system enhancer, and ginger, a powerful digestive aid. Coconut water adds a hydrating lift to round out this powerhouse smoothie. *

Ingredients:

  • 1 C fresh kale
  • ½ C fresh orange juice, or 1 orange
  • ½ C strawberries
  • ½ C pineapple
  • 1 t turmeric, fresh or powdered
  • 1 t ginger, fresh or powdered
  • 1 C coconut water, or more to taste.

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. If needed, add more coconut water to get the smoothie to desired thickness.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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