We've been a bit obsessed with Bone Broth over the last few months, and as we head in to the cooler months it seems to be an even better time of year to incorporate this wholesome nutrient dense powerhouse into our diets, so what better way to incorporate it than with mushrooms, all of the mushrooms including our Medicinal Mushroom Complex - there are a lot of mushrooms and 'party in your belly' nutrients in this little dish and so easy to make.
You can either make the bone or vegetable broth yourself or buy some preprepared, and the rest of the recipe is pretty much all in and go. Don't forget to soak the lentils, your belly will love you for it. You can even freeze some if you make too much to eat while it lives in the refrigerator for around 7 -14 days. And go... yum! :)
Bone broth is quite popular at the moment, probably brought back into popularity through the paleo diet, but bone broth has been a staple in many traditional diets for 1000's of years. Bone broths powerhouses, nutrient-dense and easily digested, providing nutrients such as; collagen, proline, glycine and glutamine from the bones, and minerals such as; calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulphur and many more. Research suggests that the reason Chicken soup is so effective against colds and flu due to the amino acids reducing respiratory inflammation and aiding digestion. The health benefits of bone broth are significant; adding gut health, joint health, immune function, anti-oxidantion and metabolism.
In recent times Mushrooms are becoming more popular and their health benefits more widely known. Research suggests that many mushrooms contain a wide variety of bioactive compounds that may be; anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative. One of mushrooms claims to fame is the high levels of vitamin D, but they also contain; B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), potassium and selenium. So if you don't already include these little guys in your diet, you should.
1 of the ingredients in the Medicinal Mushroom Complex, known historically as the Mushroom of Immortality, Reishi's compounds have been shown to provide good all around calming and relaxing effects as well as supporting the immune system.
1 of the ingredients in the Medicinal Mushroom Complex, Cordyceps has been used for cognitive and athletic performance along with it's possible immunomodulatory effects.
1 of the ingredients in the Medicinal Mushroom Complex, Chaga is packed with anti-oxidants with studies suggesting its compounds have the capacity to provide support for the immune system and its ability to modulate it.
We soak the lentils over night because the outer shell of lentils (and some beans) contains anti-nutrients that can interfere with digestion and cause you to feel less than awesome, soaking them neutralises these anti-nutrients. Then you get to access all the awesomeness that they have to offer, with research suggesting that they can help; heart health, digestion, balance blood sugar and provide a good portion of the essential amino acids required in a vegan diet (They rank 3rd in their levels of protein, 1 being the soybean (which should only be consumed when fermented) and 2 being hemp seeds).