Great skin health starts within. To rebuild skin elasticity postpartum, start by adding food sources with collagen into your daily regimen. One of the best sources of collagen? Bone broth. Not only does bone broth support health hair, skin and gut health, but also it's rich in magnesium, calcium and phosphorus.
Thankfully, homemade soups are actually a new mom's dream recipe. They're perfect for those nights that you just don't have the time or energy to make an elaborate dinner, and can be made in big batches and frozen or stored for later.
To help with your meal prep, we tapped holistic nutritionist and health coach, Kelly LeVeque of Be Well by Kelly, to share a collagen-rich recipe you can easily add to your grocery list.
The Recipe: Postpartum Kale and White Bean Veggie Soup
- 1 quart chicken bone broth (homemade is best)
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1 cup of chopped onion
- 1 cup of chopped celery
- 6 cloves of minced garlic
- 1 cup of roughly chopped carrots
- 1 cup chopped Tuscan Kale (ribs removed)
- 1 cup of chopped broccolini
- 1 chopped vine ripe tomatoes
- 1 can white beans (or quinoa)
- 1 chopped red pepper
- 4 Tbsp Adobo Seasoning (Frontier Organic Adobo Seasoning)
- 2 Tbsp. parsley
- 1 lemon sliced in quarters
Heat the olive oil in large, heavy-bottomed stockpot over medium-low heat. Add the onion, celery, garlic, and a pinch of salt and sweat until they begin to soften, approximately 5 to 6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the carrots, kale, and broccolini and continue to cook for 4 to 5 more minutes, stirring occasionally. Add 4 tbsp of Adobo Seasoning mix and stir.
Add the stock, increase the heat to high, and bring to a simmer. Once simmering, add the tomatoes, white beans and the pepper. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook until the vegetables are fork tender, approximately 20 minutes. Remove from heat and add the parsley and lemon juice. Season, to taste, with kosher salt. Serve immediately.
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