With millions of people suffering with bone diseases like osteoporosis, osteoarthritis and other debilitating conditions, our bones need help. Interestingly, it’s well documented in modern medical science that when someone has kidney disease, they often suffer with high rates of bone disease. Kidney health is essential to bone health!
If you want to truly nourish your bones, I’d highly recommend you ditch the supplements and get into your kitchen to cook up some traditional bone building foods like this Nourishing Bone Stock, Beans and Collard Greens Stew – your bones will thank you for it! You’ll need:
- 4-6 ounces, cured ham with fat and/or skin, diced (optional)
- 1 tbsp. organic olive oil or other fat
- 1 large onion, peeled and diced
- 1 tsp. Real sea salt
- 2 medium sized carrots, cut into 1/2 inch rounds
- 2 red potatoes with skin, diced into 1 inch cubes
- 1 tbsp. fresh rosemary
- 2 tsp. fresh thyme
- 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
- 4 cups chicken stock (or other stock)
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 & 1/2 cups white beans (cooked)
- 2-3 collard green leaves, sliced thin
In a soup pot, sauté ham until fat releases. Add onion, pinch of sea salt and olive oil. Sauté on medium heat 2-3 minutes. Add remaining sea salt, carrots, potatoes, rosemary, thyme and black pepper. Continue sautéing 3-4 minutes. Add stock and bay leaves, and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to simmer and cook 15 minutes. Add beans and collard greens into the pot. Cover and cook 7-10 minutes. Adjust seasoning if needed.
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.