There’s something fishy going on around here…
We all know that bone stock is all the rage these days.
It’s an AMAZING way to get a wealth of nutrients into your beautiful body to support your digestive system, skin, hair, nails, plus your bones and joints.
Unfortunately, there’s one stock that many people often forget to include in their diet.
The sad news is if you don’t eat fish stock you are missing out on vital nutrients that you cannot get access to in beef, pork, or poultry stock.
Most notably, iodine.
According to the Journal of Cancer, a lower intake of dietary iodine has been linked to an increase in breast cancer. On the other hand, a higher intake of dietary iodine not only supports breast health, it has a protective effect against thyroid cancer, too.
Energetically, fish stock is cooling in nature where the meaty land animal stocks are more warming.
If you are craving a stock that is light and refreshing, or if you are feeling hot and bothered, fish stock would be a great choice for healing.
The BIG question is… have you prepared an iodine-rich fish stock lately?
Most of us don’t. Including me.
It’s kinda stinky, and not as easy to procure the fish carcasses unless you buy whole fish and debone them yourself, or reach out to your local fishmonger for scraps.
So how do we get access to this uber-nourishing broth if it’s too much of a bother to prepare it?
Don’t dismay, my friends.
I have the perfect solution for you.
You can easily prepare a classic Japanese Dashi in less than 30 minutes to naturally boost up your dietary iodine intake and get all of the benefits of a fish stock.
It’s uses two simple ingredients that you can find in most health food stores, or online. And, because it’s so darn easy to prepare, it’ll probably make you more likely to consume it on a regular basis.
Dashi is the umami-flavored broth at the base of many Japanese recipes, and can be used in place of any traditional fish stock. It contains Kombu (kelp) and Bonito fish flakes (Katsuobushi), and is rich in dietary iodine.
I love to use Dashi in my Miso Soup recipes as well as Noodle Soup recipes. Or you can simply prepare the dashi and add some ginger, garlic and scallions, and sip on it when you need a metabolic boost.
Here’s an easy as heck Dashi recipe for you:
For those of you that do have the time and desire to prepare a fish stock, this one’s for you:
Either way, you are doing your body a great service by adding classic dashi or fish stock into your healthful eating routine.
Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker and Herbalist. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.