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Health Support For Our Busy Life

People ask me frequently “how do I keep up with my busy life?” Many of us have health issues that can hold us back at times while we watch the world seem to “go on without us”……and “busy” is the new normal for so many of us. Whenever I ask someone how they are doing…..the answer is frequently “busy!” How do we support our health and manage our busy life?

A few years ago, I developed some new symptoms and they really were scary. It changed my life – most of us go to bed each evening planning the next day. But this experience changed my perspective – I became aware of how precious each day is on this earth. And that tomorrow is not promised. Now when I go to bed each night I review my blessings and pray for the people that are on my mind/in my heart. I thank the Lord for the abundance in my life and I pray for the opportunity to have another day to serve all those that I love!

Elizabeth Anthony Gronert meeting with new friends!

Yep – things have changed. I have learned how quickly things can change. In an instant, life may never be quite the same as it was before. It has helped me be far more intentional with my wellness. When I wake, first thing I offer God a prayer of thankfulness. Then I focus on my self-care and pray that my day will be full of value!

Each day I now have to make decisions on what will be my choices for the day. There’s always more to do, see and help than I am able…..I have to decide what amount of activity will be manageable. Then start about my self-care. Exercise, supplements, food choices, brain stimulation and meditation! Staying in communication with all that I love and serve!

I start the day with supplements that require an empty stomach. Then I blend a smoothie from organic fruits and vegetables – there are required items like lots of greens, cucumber, a banana or avocado plus citrus and berries. I will add in fresh herbs from the garden, fruits/veggies that are on the counter or in the fridge/freezer.

Snacks and lunch will contain a serving of my Bone Broth Soup or the addition of Bone Broth to meal items (potatoes, vegetables, sauces, gravies) is an everyday requirement – 12-24 ounces of my special recipe that supports my immune system and keeps my gut healthy! Besides giving me energy and strength, it has visibly improved my skin, hair and nails!

Citrus water (half a lemon, lime or orange with 16 ounces of water) helps me detox and stay hydrated. And even being around many people each week, I have managed to stay remarkably “cold” free even though I am challenged by autoimmune.

When I am physically more active – like attending a conference and speaking, traveling or visiting the grandkids (one always seems to have a runny nose!) – I boost my smoothie with a liquid probiotic called Bio-K and an immune system supplement! Plus I will be sure to have 32-48 ounces additional citrus water. Since I have bone broth each day – I may have both chicken and beef bone broth. When traveling, I bring frozen containers of the Bone Broth Soup (includes lots of veggies and bits of meat) and have 16 ounces or more for breakfast. Then a cup of broth or soup with dinner or as my evening snack. I am always inspired by how much better I feel after giving my body the fuel it needs!

Love to learn what practices help you be your best self each day. Let’s chat about creating your wellness plan or staying accountable to your strategies; I am only a phone call or text away to support you!

Be well!

Elizabeth Anthony Gronert – email is elizabeth@elizabethanthonygronert.com

Nourished Festival Education & Sampling

The next six weeks are full of opportunity for us to connect in person at three different Nourished Festivals and a Hacking Your Health event in Denver! Would love your support sharing this information with your friends and family who would be blessed by these events! Here are the dates for your calendar – and watch the events page for virtual classes to follow up each event. Can’t wait to see you!

May 4: 10-4 & 5: 11-4 Nourished Festival – Salt Lake City/Sandy, Utah

              May 4: 12PM – Survival for Sensitive & Autoimmune Skin*

May 5: 11:30AM – Bone Broth Meals – More than a Pot of Bones!*

May 18 & 19 10-3 Nourished Festival – Denver, Colorado

May 18 5-7PM Hacking Your Health – Denver, Colorado

              5:15PM Survival for Sensitive & Autoimmune Skin*

June 1 & 2 10-4 Nourished Festival – Schaumburg/Chicago Area, Illinois

              June 2: 10:30AM Bone Broth Meals – More than a Pot of Bones!*

*Go to my events page for the seminar descriptions! elizabethanthonygronert.com/events

Turkey Bone Broth White Chili Recipe

Many of you asked – so here I share one of our favorite nutritious recipes using our Turkey Bone Broth.

After the bone broth is completed and before making any soups, we fill two old fashioned ice cube trays with the bone broth and put in the freezer. We use these cubes when boiling potatoes, cooking rice or the water when cooking/steaming vegetables! This adds wonderful flavor and loads of nutrition to the meal.

Turkey Bone Broth White Chili Recipe (using Elizabeth’s Turkey Bone Broth)

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground turkey (I use turkey meat from carcass)
  • 2 (4 ounce) cans canned green chili peppers, chopped
  • 1-2 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1-2 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 tsp Salt
  • ground cayenne pepper to taste (1/2-1 tsp)
  • ground white pepper to taste (1 tsp) (I do ½ black, ½ white)
  • typically, I use 3 beans: cannellini, navy beans, Great Northern white bean 2-3 lbs (soak beans while cooking down the turkey carcass for bone broth)
  • Turkey bone broth from cooking Turkey carcass for 10 hours with vegetables
  • Organic Carrots – food processor
  • Organic Celery – food processor
  • Organic Parsley – chopped/food processor
  • 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese (optional – part of the “original recipe” I found on the internet. I don’t add this – too many friends with dairy issues!)

Follow Turkey Bone Broth directions (prior blog post.) After removing the carcass and “cook down veggies”, after making the trays described at the top of this post; I usually divide the broth into 2 pots – half for this turkey bone broth white chili recipe and half for turkey bone broth vegetable soup recipe.

Drain the soaked beans. Then cover the beans with the turkey broth – the beans should have 1/3 to ½ more liquid in the pot than beans (liquid to cover additional veggies, and meat.) If you want thicker soup, puree some of the beans with broth to make the soup thicker and creamier. I food process the green chilies, too. Add the processed parsley, carrots, celery and any other veggies you want to the soup (my family prefers just the carrots and celery.) Cook them to the almost desired doneness. Add the reserved turkey meat and seasonings.  Cook for a few minutes to let the flavors brew. Taste and add more seasoning if needed – lately I have been adding in some powdered garlic. This dish always seems to taste best after a day of rest in the refrigerator.

Making this soup is a 2 day process for me – bone broth and soak beans on the first day. Then making the soup and storing on the second day.

Enjoy! Let us know how this dish blesses your family! We are here bringing your comfort for life! Kris and Elizabeth Gronert (847) 502-8394 elizabeth@elizabethanthonygronert.com

Turkey Bone Broth – More than “Just Soup!”

Thanks to a few friends, our soup making skills have moved up a few notches in our home. Grateful for the experience and generosity of my friend Tiffany Hinton, GF Mom Certified. Tiffany has been a valuable health coach and resource for our family. She has introduced me to the world where “food is medicine”. Particularly grateful for learning about Dr. Terry Wahls. I found Dr. Wahls book easy to read and have applied her wisdom to the way we shop and cook for our family’s health.

As a result, it’s not just great soup! We make incredibly nourishing, healing bone broth soups. Bone broth soups help reduce inflammation – an important every day therapy! This tutorial is for our “after Thanksgiving” Turkey Bone Broth Soup. Being an artist – I enjoy instructions so much more if there is a visual to go along. Therefore, photos have been taken at each step of this cooking adventure.

Thanksgiving day we smoked a turkey, baked a turkey and grilled a turkey breast (with the bones of course!) In this photo you will see the start of our Turkey Bone Broth. Here are the three carcasses covered by filtered water.

1128160954 My husband, Kris, installed a grow light by our sliding glass doors. Therefore, we are able to continue to have herbs, greens and tomatoes growing indoors. From this garden, I have added freshly picked organic parsley, thyme, sage along with some chopped garlic, sea salt and organic pepper to the pot.

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Whenever possible, we invest in organic produce. If I see any starting to go soft, where it may not be enjoyed fresh anymore, I place in a freezer bag. In addition, I have collected stems, leaves and even the roots of some of the organic plants we had in our outdoor garden this summer before it got cold and froze them. I use these vegetables in the “cook down” of the carcasses. We add these vegetable right away to enhance the flavor of the remaining meat on the bones. Some may prefer to wait till after the meat is collected (after 2 hours of cooking) which does make the process easier. We feel the flavor and nutrition added to the meat, is worth the extra work later when collecting the meat.

1128161050Because we still have organic Brussel sprout plants outdoors, decided to add some greens. Snipped off the top and added the leaves and stems with some tiny Brussel Sprouts! (I love these fresh leaves cooked in ghee with garlic too!)

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Let everything cook for about two hours.

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At two hours the meat should be starting to fall off the bone. Time to use tongs to grab the carcasses, loose meat and bones to glean the usable meat. I have a plate to collect the cook down veggies, cartilage, skin and bones that will go back into the soup pot to continue cooking for an additional 8 hours.

Most people don’t realize how much meat they throw away with the carcass! Look at all the meat recovered from the turkey carcasses! Place the recovered usable meat (I do not like any fat or chewy meat in my soup!) in a container in the refrigerator to add to the completed soups tomorrow. All scraps, cartilage, bones and cook down veggies go back into the developing broth to cook down for another eight hours. I personally do not cook longer. The broth gets a unique smell after cooking twelve hours. So we stop around ten hours. We love the taste, smell and nutrition after 10 hours of cooking!

Finally, after the eight hours (ten hours total) of cooking has passed, we will prepare to get the wonderful bone broth. You may wish to let the hot pot cool for a bit. Place an empty large pot in the sink with a colander on top. Then pour the contents through the strainer – the remaining bones, meat and vegetable parts will be caught by the colander with the nutrient dense bone broth going through into the pot. Throw the bones and leftover meat and veggies away in a safe container that animals cannot get into. Poultry bones are very dangerous to pets and wild animals!

Refrigerate the pot of bone broth overnight. Most broths when refrigerated get a layer of heavy fat at the top  – it is especially thick with turkey bone broth. I remove most of this really goopy fat from the broth before continuing.

This turkey bone broth is ready to use for sauces, gravies, cooking vegetables, potatoes, rice or making soups. I made 2 different soups from this pot of broth plus a tray of cubes to use for cooking veggies, potatoes, etc. to boost nutrition! The first soup was a turkey white chili and the second was turkey vegetable! My family raved about both – they keep getting tastier and more nutritious every year!

My goal is to have at least a cup of bone broth soup every day! So nourishing and I can really feel the benefits! Let me know what you think of this tutorial….happy to share the soup recipes with you!

Let’s connect if we haven’t already! Send us an email at elizabeth@elizabethanthonygronert.com or call/text at (847) 502-8394. Elizabeth & Kris Gronert bringing you Comfort For Life!