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Clarissa's 4 Kitchen Staples

In the Kitchen with Clarissa

In the Kitchen with Clarissa

Keeping a well-stocked kitchen is crucial in staying on track with healthy eating. Our schedules don’t always allow for fresh, organic meals on a daily basis. But it is absolutely still possible to eat healthy in a time crunch – and keeping foods conveniently on hand at all times will help you tremendously.

 

To name a few – stock your kitchen with frozen veggies, canned beans, nuts and seeds, healthy condiments and seasonings to grab at a moments notice. Organic is always best, when possible.

 

Here are 4 of my favorite staples to keep on hand at all times…

 

  1. Coconut Oil — with its anti-viral, anti-microbial, anti-fungal properties and the healthy fats it provides – this is definitely one of my favorite staples to keep on hand. Not only can it be used in the kitchen, but you can also use it on your skin as a natural moisturizer, and in your smoothies for a kick of natural energy.

 

  1. Liquid Aminos — Bragg’s Liquid Aminos is your healthy alternative to soy sauce. Jam packed with amino acids, made with non-GMO soybeans, and it is also gluten-free. Coconut aminos are also a great staple to keep around. Coconut aminos are also packed with amino acids, and slightly sweet — a great alternative to teriyaki sauce.

 

  1. Spirulina- is a freshwater plant that’s grown across the globe, from Africa to Hawaii, and is renowned for its remarkable nutritional profile. In addition to being packed with numerous vitamins and nutrients, it’s also a great source of plant-based protein and, along with its algae cousin chlorella, is one of the most under-the-radar supplements around.Enjoyed daily, spiriluna can help restore and revitalize your health, and while it can taste pretty overpowering on its own, it blends into smoothies and juices easily and can also be sprinkled atop soups and salads. It’s also a great way for vegetarians to up their iron intake without having to endure bites of steak.

 

  1. Organic Nuts — a variety of your favorite nuts are a must-have staple to keep around when the snack-time bug bites. Having a healthy alternative to a typically unhealthy snack is a great way to improve your health in an easy way. When that afternoon hunger strikes, reach for a bowl of raw cashews or toasted almonds to satisfy yourself — while enjoying the health benefits of nuts, such as healthy fats and fiber that aid in your digestion. They’re also great to use in dishes as a garnish, especially on top of a hearty salad!

 

 

What are some of your favorite kitchen staples that you keep on hand at all times? Hit reply and let me know — I’m always looking for new ideas!

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Clarissa's Healthy Zucchini Muffins

Clarissa’s HEALTHY ZUCCHINI MUFFINS

 

this recipe takes about 10 minutes to put together

cooks in about 20

 60 seconds to devour…

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 2/3 cups white whole wheat flour {or gluten free baking flour}
  • 1 teaspoon aluminium free baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon himalayan or sea salt
  • 1 local egg
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup milk (almond, coconut or flax milk)
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract {or powdered vanilla powder}
  • 1 1/2 cups grated fresh farm zucchini
  • 1/3 cups gluten free old-fashioned oats (uncooked), plus extra for sprinkling

What ya do:

Heat oven to 350°F.  Prepare a 12-cup muffin and use fun cups liners.  Set aside.

In a  good sized mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt until combined.  Set aside.

In a separate smaller mixing bowl, whisk together egg, maple syrup, milk, coconut oil and vanilla extract until combined. I also throw it all in my nutri bullet. Pour this mixture into the dry ingredient mixture, and stir with a spoon or bakers spatula until just combined.  (Don’t overmix)  Stir in the zucchini and oats until just combined.

Portion the batter evenly between 12 baking cups.  Then sprinkle extra oats on top of each to make it look more “finished”.  Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the muffin comes out clean.  Transfer pan to a cooling rack, then serve the muffins warm.  Or let cool to room temperature, then store in a sealed container for up to 2 days, give as gifts and these freeze GREAT.

 

 

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Clo's Nutty Almond Truffles

Date-Balls

Sometimes something nutty & sweet just hits the spot! These are good  as a pre-workout snack, a mid-day snack, or just something because you want shove something in your mouth…  These almond butter bites are easy and generally if you keep a pretty clean and lean kitchen you will have the ingredients {plus more} and can make them on the spot.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup  gf whole organic raw oats
  • 1/4 cup raw almond butter
  • 3 tbsp  coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup, honey or sweetner of choice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract {alcohol free}
  • pinch himalayan sea salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

How ya do it:

  1. In a food processor, pulse the almonds and rolled oats until you get a flour-like consistency.
  2. Transfer into a medium bowl, add himalayan sea salt,  cinnamon.  MIX IT WELL
  3. In another small bowl, mix together the almond butter, coconut oil, sweetner, and vanilla extract.
  4. mix the ingredients and really mix well. It works better when I use my hands- helps it get better and more evenly mixed.
  5. Roll the mixture into quarter-sized balls and place onto a baking pan.
  6. Continue until you have completed – makes about 30 bites.
  7. Place them in the freezer for a minimum of 30 minutes.
  8. Store in an airtight container in the freezer.

YUMMM!!!!

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3 things you can do to improve your health….

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Can I tell you something? There’s something that I didn’t realize when I first started working one-on-one with people who want to make their health and wellness a priority, people who are sick of feeling less than amazing, and people who are confused about who to listen to for advice.

Here it is: Most of us already know what we need to be doing to improve our health!

There is a lot of information (and mis-information) when it comes to the foods we eat. Just look at the variety of books in the ‘diet’ or ‘health’ section of your local bookstore. But when it comes down to it, we still know the basic things we should be doing to improve our health.

In fact, when I ask my clients “What are three things you think you could be doing, to improve your health?” I get similar answers each time:

  1. Be more active
  2. Stop eating _______ or stop drinking ________ (or stop smoking!)
  3. Eat more vegetables.

We intuitively know how to make ourselves well. But when it comes to following through? That’s where we fall apart. I know!! I have done it, too. I still do it. I might be a health coach, but I’m still human! I eat chips, I LOVE ice cream, and sometimes I don’t eat as well as I know I can.

For the next week, I’d like you to think about the obstacles that are stopping you from living your healthiest life. Think about it, journal about it, reflect on it.

What obstacles are standing in your way? Maybe you work long hours and cooking a healthy meal seems too time-consuming, or maybe you feel that the price of healthy food is too high. Perhaps you will discover that you aren’t sure if you really deserve to feel amazing.

Your job for the next week is to simply think, reflect, and journal on these obstacles. Knowing your obstacles, habits, and patterns will help you figure out how to work around them!
I would love to hear your comments below. Tell me what is stopping you! Let’s work it out together!

 

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✔︎All ABOUT Epsom Salt Baths PLUS Recipes!

 

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Epsom salts have been used by many different cultures for hundreds of years. They have a number of different beneficial properties and are used in gardening, household cleaning and detoxifying the body. These salts are very inexpensive and can be purchased at bulk discounts in garden centers nearly everywhere. Using Epsom salt baths is an advanced detoxification strategy that has remarkable health benefits.
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Epsom salts are named for a bitter saline spring located at Epsom in Surrey, England. Epsom is different than traditional salts in that it is actually a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. These minerals have very powerful health benefits that can enhance the detoxification capabilities of the body.

Magnesium and sulfate are both readily absorbed through the skin and into the body’s blood stream. The skin is a highly porous membrane that both takes in minerals and eliminates toxins every day. Using a powerful mineral base such as Epsom salts in a bathwater medium creates a process called reverse osmosis. This process pulls salt and harmful toxins out of the body and allows the magnesium and sulfates to enter into the body.

Magnesium plays a critical role in over 325 enzymes, helps to improve muscle and nerve function, reduces inflammation and improves blood flow and oxygenation throughout the body. Sulfates are necessary building blocks for healthy joints, skin and nervous tissue. Epsom salts replenish the body’s magnesium levels and sulfates. This combination helps to flush toxins from the body and helps build key protein molecules in the brain tissue and joints.

The use of regular Epsom Salt Baths has been shown to improve the symptoms of many health conditions including athlete’s foot, gout, toenail fungus, sprains, bruises and muscle soreness. It is also good for anyone dealing with chronic disease or chronic pain to do regular Epsom baths to help detoxify and de-inflame while improving mineral and sulfur balance in the body.

How to Detox Bath

 

 

How to take an Epsom salt bath:

The first step is to schedule yourself at least 40 minutes, as you need about 20 minutes to remove the toxins, and for the second 20 minutes, the body absorbs the minerals in the bath water.
Fill up your bath with warm water. Be sure to have a water filtration system in your house, as you don’t want to bathe in tap water that has toxic chlorine, fluoride, dioxins and heavy metals. Add in the Epsom salts in the following amounts:

Children under 60 lbs: Add 1/2 cup of salts to a standard size bath
Individuals between 60-100 lbs: Add 1 cup of salts to a standard size bath
Individuals between 100-150 lbs: Add 1 1/2 cup of salts to a standard size bath
Individuals between 150-200 lbs: Add 2 cups of salts to a standard size bath
For every 50lbs larger – add in an additional 1/2 cup of salts.

Additional strategies to apply with an Epsom salt bath

 

  • Epsom Salts or Bath Salts like Celtic or Himalayan Sea Salt – wonderful for drawing toxins out of the body and establishing proper pH—Epsom salts can even raise magnesium levels in the body! Use 1 to 2 cups per bath—the more you use, the more powerful the effect.

 

 

  • Baking soda – Soothes the skin, alkalizes the body and is a natural antifungal. Use 1/2 to 2 cups per bath (a great adjunct to Epsom salts).

 

 

  • Apple Cider Vinegar – Neutralizes body pH and invigorates and softens the skin (note: be cautious when combining baking soda and apple cider vinegar—you may wish to do one or the other). Use is 1 cup per bath.

 

 

  • Essential Oils – Lavender is excellent in a bath, typically 10 to 20 drops will do the trick. Consider adding other relaxing essential oils, such as: basil, bergamot, chamomile, clary sage, frankincense, juniper, marjoram, neroli, rose and rosewood, sandalwood, sage and ylang ylang. Typical use is 10 to 20 drops, but depends on the intensity of the essential oil.

 

 

  • Clays such as bentonite or monmoillonite – A powerful drawing agent, pulling toxic elements out of your body like a magnet. Clay can also do wonders on draining and circulating lymph in the body. Use 2 cups per bath as an occasional treat.

 

 Best Detox Bath

A Recipe for the Perfect Bath

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Epsom Salts
  • 1 to 2 cups Baking Soda
  • 10 to 20 drops of Lavender Essential Oil (or your preferred essential oil of choice)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup olive oil or coconut oil for dry skin (optional)

Instructions:

Begin by turning the water on, setting it for a temperature as hot as you are able to tolerate (heat dissipates quickly, so it is often better to set the bath too hot rather than too cool). Add the Epsom or bath salts, baking soda, essential oil and olive oil, making sure to stir so that the salts and baking soda dissolve completely. Fill the tub to the desired depth and dip a toe into the water. If the water is too hot, simply add some cold water to balance the temperature to your preferred setting. Submerge your body into the tub and enjoy a good soak for as long as you desire (but no shorter than 15 minutes for optimal results).

NOTE: Make sure to drink plenty of water prior to your bath and after your bath. The bath tends to draw out from the body and can be dehydrating otherwise. For bonus points, buy a filter for your shower and run the water for your bath through the filter (to filter out chlorine and other unsavory elements). If this is not an option, add 1/2 a cup of clay to your bath to help keep the exposure to a minimum.

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?8 SIMPLE Truths about Detox

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[udesign_icon_font name=”fa fa-leaf” color=”#48bc1a”] 1.  Many people get worse before they get better. Remember symptoms we suppressed for years because of poor eating and poor self-care. Detox opens the pathway for poor health to be reversed and released. BE PATIENT WITH YOURSELF.  While the body cleanses, symptoms will reappear, this is known as a “healing crisis” it’s a GOOD thing!

[udesign_icon_font name=”fa fa-leaf” color=”#48bc1a”] 2.  True health and wellness takes time. This did not happen over night.  A 21-day detox plan isn’t going to fix the years and years of abuse we’ve put on ourselves. But 5, 10, 14 and 21 days is still a wonderful start! We all have to start somewhere!!!

[udesign_icon_font name=”fa fa-leaf” color=”#48bc1a”]  3. You will have highs and you will have lows. These are the toxins being cleansed and replaced. We carry emotions deep in our cell walls, they must be released for true health to be witnessed.

[udesign_icon_font name=”fa fa-leaf” color=”#48bc1a”] 4.  K.I.S.S.> Keep It Simple Silly… well that sums that up.

[udesign_icon_font name=”fa fa-leaf” color=”#48bc1a”]  5. Add in self care tools. Your skin is a living breathing organ made up of cells and eliminative organs… Dry Skin Brushing, Epsom Salt Baths, Rebounding, Bowen Therapy, Sweat Lodges/Saunas/Steam Rooms, Meditation, Gentle Yoga, REST, and walks in nature are a few. I can think of 20 more! How about you?

[udesign_icon_font name=”fa fa-leaf” color=”#48bc1a”]  6. Herbs can make everything better. Depending upon the severity of your health challenges, adding in herbs to your will help your body along in its health process and move things that buried deep in your body. Nt all herbs agree with everyBody, muscle testing is an option.

[udesign_icon_font name=”fa fa-leaf” color=”#48bc1a”] 7.   Balance is the KEY to your success. Start slow, ease your way in. Have some success, enjoy it, then dig deeper. Going deep then pulling back is a great strategy for most. Digging too deep too soon can be a huge stressor to your system and make you want to give up. REMEMBER we are  Powering Up! Not giving up! Getting help, at least a month from a Detox Specialists is a good idea. Depending on your specific needs you may require more support, whatever is okay, as long as you are realistic with what you need to succeed.

[udesign_icon_font name=”fa fa-leaf” color=”#48bc1a”] 8. REMEMBER: What you suppress today is your nightmare tomorrow. Face your challenges, claim your health back, it’s your birth right. RUN out of HellVille and Jump into Wellville.

POWER UP!!!! xo- Clarissa

 

 

 

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New Reserach Links Soda and Diabetes: FINALLY

New Research Links Soda and Diabetes

 

F0r those of us that have been traveling down our holistic and natural heath journey for some time are not surprised to FINALLY see this “new” research released. For others who have been stuck and who have been lead down the rabbit hole by western medicine will be super excited and happy to see that omitting this 1 toxic beverage from your lifestyle will impact your health and overall wellness GREATLY.  Do yourself a BIF favor and ditch the toxic sodas to the curb BUT also don’t stop there and follow the blog and do the research on how to repair the damage that has been done and I don’t mean with a pharmaceutical drugs…

 

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?? Zimmerman African Peanut Stew ??

 

 ?? Zimmerman African Peanut Stew

 

This is a hearty and DELICIOUS fall/winter stew that is SUPER easy, even a hard charging military warrior can make it?

Those of you that know Elijah  and I personally or follow our work know we spend a lot of time working with our nations’ heroes. This stew is dedicated to one of the warriors I am privileged and honored to work with. He makes my heath journey look weak compared to the road he is on in keeping his body in optimal condition.

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • 2 handfuls of fresh cilantro leaves and stems
  • 4 rough chopped organic carrots
  • Index-finger-sized chunk of fresh ginger root, peeled
  • 2 HEAPING tablespoons creamy peanut butter (I prefer the natural kind)
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeds and pith removed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into bite-sized chunks
  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 large red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 (15 ounces) can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can organic diced tomatoes {use the juices}
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can lite coconut milk
  • 4 cups cooked brown rice to serve the stew over
  • 1 tablespoon chopped peanuts (optional garnish)

Directions:

  1. In a blender or food processor, combine garlic cloves, jalepeno, cilantro, ginger, tomatoes, peanut butter, cumin, cinnamon, ground red pepper and curry powder. Blend into a thick sauce.
  2. In the slow cooker, add the garbanzo beans, chopped onions, red bell peppers, sweet potatoes, salt, and pepper to taste. Add the sauce mixture. Stir to combine ingredients. {Or, if you are making it the night before, you can just put all the ingredients together in a ziplock bag and stick it in the fridge, then dump the whole thing in the crock pot the next morning OR FREEZE IT and use on a hectic week- MEAL PREP IS EVERYTHING PEOPLE!!!!}.
  3. Cook in crock pot on low for six to eight hours. Serve over cooked  brown rice and top with fresh cilantro and chopped peanuts and drizzle the coconut milk in. OR EAT alone with an simple green salad.

 

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LOVE YOUR LIVER

Take care of your liver, nurture your liver, love your liver and it will LOVE you back for a long time.

 

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The liver filters and processes blood as it circulates through the body. It metabolizes nutrients, detoxifies harmful substances, makes blood clotting proteins, and performs many other vital functions. The cells in the liver contain proteins called enzymes that drive these chemical reactions.

The liver also stores some nutrients, such as vitamin A, iron, and other minerals. It produces cholesterol and certain important proteins, such as albumin. It produces clotting factors, chemicals needed to help blood clot. It breaks down (metabolizes) alcohol and many drugs.

We live in a world bombarded by toxins everywhere we turn, we all could use some daily detoxification tools.  In order to truly heal my gut, I MUST be detoxing well every day.  The lymph and liver need our daily attention to succeed with overall health and that includes OUR gut.

Did YOU know:

✔︎The average American consumes 10 pounds of chemical food additives each year.
✔︎The amounts of chemicals we are exposed to are unprecedented in history.
✔︎The average American consumes 10 pounds of chemical food additives each year.
✔︎ Food sprayed with pesticides and from air and water pollution are a chemical burden causing a chemical shit storm.

YOUR body has systems designed to eliminate waste and to detoxify poisons.

The liver chemically converts toxins to be easily eliminated by the kidneys.

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Top #2 Reasons for negative health  

1. Volume of chemicals in the environment

2.  diet

HELP YOUR BODY! When YOUR body is more burdened with more chemicals that it can efficiently detoxify, chronic health problems can occur.

Liver-protection

These problems manifest in many ways… 

allergies * skin problems * digestive problems * headaches * fatigue * joint pain

PLUS a variety of ailments can be caused by chemical exposure.

What Can I Do?

Eat my BEETS!!! Beets are a great liver-cleansing food. They also help our liver function properly. Our liver is our main organ in charge of detoxification. Supporting our liver is absolutely essential for ridding our body of toxins on a daily basis.

beet salad

Beets

Olive oil or coconut oil

Balsamic vinegar

Garlic

Salt

Pepper

1 lemon

1 orange

choice of nuts or seeds

choice of sprouts

Directions

Bake the beets at 350-400 until they become tender. I simply rough chop and add some water on the bottom of a roasting pan. Let them cool. Chop them and toss lightly with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper. Place on top of seasonal salad greens of your choice { toss greens with 1/2 fresh lemon and orange}. Sprinkle with nuts or seeds. Top with sprouts {I love sunflower}

beet juice

Love my Liver

Ingredients:
3 Organic Carrots (peeled and washed)
1 Organic Beet (peeled and washed)
2 Organic Apples (washed and cut)
6 Organic Kale Leaves
½ inch of ginger root
½ organic lemon, peeled
Serving: 2-4 servings.

Directions:

If you don’t have a juicer, just use a blender filled with with one to two cups of water or FRESH coconut water. Place all of the ingredients in a juicer and juice or in a blender and blend. If you used a juicer, make sure to stir with a spoon. If you used a blender, make sure to strain everything using a colander and then mix with a spoon. You can use mason jars to store it for later.

 

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? Bone Broth Fast PLUS Bone Stock ?

 

 4-day broth fast using a  5-6 quart crockpot

Tip 1 Plan to start your broth with 2-3 marrow, feet, neck, or shank bones, and a piece of organ meat, such as liver or heart, if you’d like. {Grass Fed, Free Range, Sustainably Raised} {if using beef bones roast them off first}

Tip 2 If you’re using chicken or turkey, choose either whole birds, or cuts such as thighs, backs, drumsticks, and necks that have the skin and bones intact; include the giblets if they’re available. You can also use the carcass from a roasted bird.

Tip 3 For fish, include the entire head and all of the bones.

What you Need:

  • Purified water, 3-4 quarts
  • Celtic Sea Salt, 2-4 tablespoons (best to start low and adjust flavor as needed after cooking)
  •  raw apple cider vinegar
  • A chopped onion {DO NOT USE IF  you are doing a Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) Fast or Microbiome Reset}
  • Organic Parsley, 2 bunches ends trimmed

Directions:

1.Place everything into a cool crockpot, and set it for a 4-hour cook period.

2. Fill the pot with enough water to leave only about 1.5″ of space at the top, and cover.

3. At the end of the 4-hour period, it will switch over to  “keep warm” setting.  Leave it here and use a meat thermometer to insure that your lowest setting is at least 180° F.  Allow the all of the ingredients to cook together for at least 14 hours, preferably for 20-24 hours.

4. After this 24-hour cooking cycle, remove anything solid left by straining through fine mesh metal sieve.  You can  freeze and  consume after your fast or to use in another recipe.

NOW you can serve yourself steaming mugs of broth to enjoy throughout this first full day of your fast. If you feel like the broth is too oily, pre package the broth from the crockpot into glass jars and cool in the fridge. Once the fat has set and  congealed at the top of the broth you can remove this disc of fat, then pour your broth back into the crockpot, and set the temperature to a 4-hour cycle, with the bones in the broth. I don’t throw this fat away as it is an excellent medium for sauteing vegetables after the fast. It can be stored in a glass jar in the fridge for up to a week and frozen into ice cubes trays for months.

Each day, you should be consuming 3-4 quarts of broth. Since you’re going to be adding so much fresh hot water to the pot to bring it back up to it’s original level, you will be removing many of the fats and proteins that otherwise would have overcooked in this continual process.

For days 2,3 & 4:

  • + enough liquid so it reaches back up to the original amount. Use fresh, boiling water each time you pull a mug from it
  • + a dash of  Celtic Sea Salt, to taste IF NEEDED
  • + a splash of vinegar to continue to demineralize the bone. You don’t have too  BUT it’s great too.
  • + a sprinkle of seaweed from time-to-time, to keep the iodine and other trace minerals up in the broth
  • + Keep the crockpot on the “keep warm” setting

EVENING OF DAY 2  Add a fresh bone or two, to keep the broth full of gelatin and some fats. Do this just before bed at the end of day two, and it will be ready on morning of day three.  REMEMBER when adding the bone(s), turn the heat up to the 6-hour setting, before allowing it to run onto the “keep warm” setting again.

 

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