Spring is approaching and for many of us, that means waking up out of a sleepy winter of warm, rich meals and a more sedentary lifestyle. As the days get longer and temperatures rise, we are called to shed layers of clothes, and perhaps some layers of toxins that have built up over the months. If you are looking for a simple way to ease into a Spring Cleanse, try Bieler’s Broth. It’s a delicious green soup that even my kids love to eat.
Dr. Henry Bieler was a visionary American physician and author of Food Is Your Best Medicine, in which he advocated the treatment of disease through diet. He believed that the body has a natural ability to heal and that the primary cause of disease is not germs, but imbalances in the body caused by lifestyle, including poor diet.
His famous broth is rich in potassium and sodium, alkalizes the body, and supports the liver and the adrenal glands. It also helps the pancreas control blood sugar.
Adding ghee to the broth brings a host of additional health benefits. Ghee is clarified butter (but with all the toxins removed). In the practice of Ayurveda, ghee is used to heal a wide variety of ailments. It reduces inflammation, lubricates connective tissues, bolsters the immune system, and is believed to promote memory and intelligence.
Bieler’s Broth provides a gentle way to detox, either as the sole food intake or to supplement a juice fast, but it also works beautifully as an addition to your regular diet. I often start my day with a cup or add a bowl of it to my lunch.
What You Need
- 4 medium zucchinis, chopped
- 3 cups string beans, ends removed
- 2 sticks celery, chopped
- 2 bunches parsley, stems removed
- 1 quart filtered water
- sea salt to taste
- ghee (optional)
What You Do
Place water, zucchini, string beans, and celery in a stock pot Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer for about 30 minutes until vegetables are softened but not over cooked. Spoon the mixture into a blender, add a handful of parsley and liquefy. I usually pulse a few times to get it started. Make sure you hold onto the lid!
One pot of broth will create several blender batches. Have a pitcher or jars on hand to fill as you blend. To thicken and enhance the healing properties of the broth, add a teaspoon of ghee to each blender batch.
Try to use organic vegetables if at all possible. Feel free to play with the relative proportions of the various ingredients. There are times when I make it heavier on the zucchini and sometimes I crave more string beans.
Call on your intuition and creativity to play with the ratios and vary the consistency. It’s important to remove the stems from the parsley and use only leaves. They have a special immunity to blending and will show up in the bowl and palate as pointy, stiff intruders. Enjoy!