Cold-Fighting Alkaline Broth


Cough.  Sneeze.  Sniffle.  Ewww.  Unfortunately, myself and far too many people I know are experiencing a lot of that ewww-ness lately!  As a result, big batches of this broth have been coming out of my kitchen.  Alkaline broth is a powerful detoxifier that works to ward off sickness, strengthen the immune system as a whole, and even helps in trimming your waistline.  I am not going to delve too far into the logistics but the CliffsNotes’ version is that, at its simplest, alkaline broth is water fortified with things that are really good for you!

This is very easy to make – you just throw all of the vegetables in a pot and let them do their magic – so even when I am not feeling under the weather, I like to keep some of this on hand.  I sip it warm throughout the day, or use it in any recipe I would normally add a vegetable stock to (and don’t mind having a little ‘kick’ in).  I find it particularly helpful if I am planning on doing a juice cleanse in the near future as it prepares me for all of the sipping ahead, and gives my body a fresh slate to work with.  It’s something I recommend anyone try, especially if your system is in need of a little reboot.

I hope you have had a great Monday, and here is to a happy and healthy week ahead!



Cold-Fighting Alkaline Broth
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Recipe type: Mains, Sips
Serves: 6
  • 1 Sweet Potato, Peeled & Quartered
  • 1 Onion, Quartered
  • 2 Carrots, Peeled & Large Chopped
  • 2 Celery Stalks, Large Chopped
  • 2 Cups Baby Spinach
  • 1 Beet (Golden or Red), Peeled & Chopped
  • ½ Bunch Fresh Cilantro
  • ½ Bunch Fresh Parsley
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 Tablespoon Ground Turmeric
  • 1 Tablespoon Ground Flax Seed
  • ½ Teaspoon (or More) Cayenne Pepper
  • 16 Cups Filtered Water
  1. Place all ingredients in a large stock pot.
  2. Bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer for 2 hours.
  4. Strain the broth, removing any solids. (Optional) Reserve the cooked vegetables - Eat as is, or blend with a bit of the broth as a healthy vegetable soup!
If your vegetables are organic you don't have to worry about peeling them [with the exception of the beet], just clean them really well.




6 Responses to Cold-Fighting Alkaline Broth

  1. Dale says:

    We have – knock on wood – not needed anything this year. That said, I am so putting a pot of this on because now I’ve mentioned it…. 😉

  2. Interesting – I have not needed anything but like you said it is good to be ready! I have that same Martha Stewart magazine. A month ago I took a macaron cooking class at Sur la table so I have been gathering up all kinds of info on macarons.

    • jjbegonia says:

      Oh wow, what a cool class to take!

      I loved that cover – so pretty, and so tempting with all of the macarons : )

  3. Great recipe! Simple, delicious and so comforting when you’re fighting something. Luckily I haven’t had a cold in over a year, but this could still be lovely to sip on on any cold & snowy winter day 🙂
    I hope you feel better soon!

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