Chilly winter weather affects more than just your wardrobe and heating bill. Your body also experiences changes in energy levels, metabolism and even food preferences.
It’s all too easy to start craving heavy, starchy foods when the temperature drops but the cold truth is no weather warrants unhealthy eating habits. Just as you shouldn’t overdo ice cream during summer, you shouldn’t live on a steady diet of hot chocolate and calorie-laden puddings with custard during winter (no matter how tempting it sounds).
Let me share a warming and nourishing beef stew recipe that will keep you tummy happy and healthy this winter.
Beef stew is definitely one of my favourite meals when the weather gets colder. It warms me up from the inside. And the fact that it’s got a good combination of protein, healthy fats, and nutritious carbohydrates, makes me feel I’m doing the right thing for my health and wellbeing.
To support your immune system and good gut health, the stew contains thyme, bay leaves and garlic, and the standard beef stock is replaced with nourishing bone broth.
If you can, use beef that has been grass-fed and is organic. Not just because these cows have had a happier life, but also because they haven’t been getting hormones, antibiotics or grains loaded with pesticides. Better for your health and the cow.
This beef stew freezes really well – up to 3 months, so it’s a great meal to add to any batch cooking you do. I’ve always got some beef stew in the freezer for those nights when I don’t have time to cook, but still want a nourishing meal that supports my health.
We hope you enjoy this delicious stew and any of the other tummy-friendly recipes that you decide to try out. If you have any questions about food choices to suit your digestive needs or any of our products, please do get in touch.