I have been meaning to post my recipe for Weekend Recovery Soup for a while now. This has been a staple recipe for us for many years. This soup is something I would make in advance of a fun-filled weekend or vacation where I knew we would be indulging in sweets, treats, and drinks. That way when Sunday or Monday rolled around and we felt like absolute crap, I would have something healthy to heat up and restore all the minerals and nutrients we lost. If you are looking for a hangover cure, it's this soup. This soup always brought us back to life.
A lot of people say one of the hardest parts of maintaining a healthy lifestyle is "falling off the wagon" after letting go for a special weekend or celebration. I hate that phrase, but the point is if you have something healthy that is going to make you feel good--all ready to consume once the festivities are over--it's going to be easier to "get back on the wagon" and move on from the indulgences.
As it turns out, being pregnant feels exactly like being hungover all the time (at least the first trimester). You are nauseous all the time, your digestion is a wreck, you constantly have to pee, you didn't sleep great, anxiety is through the roof (Natural Calm helped a lot with this), you might have a headache, everything hurts, you're dizzy, you are so thirsty yet your mouth is still dry, your skin is breaking out, all you want to do is lie down and take a nap, you're questioning every decision you've ever made in your life up to this point, and you feel like you should be thinking more about the future but all you can focus on is how awful you feel right now.
And you're so hungry, yet somehow food makes you feel worse. Nothing is satisfying.
Enter First Trimester Soup AKA Weekend Recovery Soup. Suitable for all stages of life!
This is the only food I have been able to eat more than once during the entire first trimester (once I ate something I was craving, the thought of eating it again made me gag...just me?). Plus with your digestive system being all squished up, it's really hard to digest a lot of food. I was craving healthy food and veggies, but I had such a hard time digesting them and it made me feel worse than I already did. The vegetables in this soup are really easy to digest, but still retained a lot of their nutrient value.
I also developed this awful aversion to pork and chicken and really most animal sources of protein. The thought or even smell of chicken sent me in a downward spiral of gagging and nausea...the only thing worse than the smell of chicken was perfume. I also developed an aversion to egg whites (but not yolks...smart baby), and for awhile I would be able to just eat the yolks (hey!), but eventually looking at egg whites made me want to gag as well. I was ok with scrambled eggs hidden in things (I made Nom Nom Paleo's Egg Drop Soup a few times as well). Luckily about once a week I would crave a steak, but other than that my usual sources of protein and fat became my new worst enemies.
The most important part of this soup, both for hangovers and pregnancy, is the bone broth. Rich in essential minerals (which you deplete with junk food, sugar, and alcohol, but are also stolen from you while pregnant and breastfeeding) bone broth also contains protein and collagen. The latter was really important for me to consume during the first trimester because I all of the sudden found myself an unintentional vegetarian.
In addition to the collagen protein found in bone broth, I began incorporating Vital Proteins collagen in as many ways as I could. I would add it to Kettle and Fire's bone broth (which replaced my morning coffee), I drank the collagen beauty water (I prefer the strawberry flavor with fresh lemon juice in a shaker bottle), and I made my collagen gummies. I also liberally added collagen peptides to my soups. Collagen is not a complete protein as it lacks tryptophan, but it's still nutrient dense and a really important for the baby's development.
I also increased my consumption of grass-fed yogurt, milk, and cheese (Organic Valley is a great pasture-raised brand that is widely available) to get protein and fat in since my meat consumption was lacking, and to make sure I was getting enough Vitamin K2 which is only found in full-fat, grass-fed meat and dairy. Luckily I had no issues tolerating dairy.
Before the suggestions come rolling in, I did try supplementing with B6 and I also tried topical magnesium. The magnesium worked initially for my protein aversions but after about a week, whatever was causing the aversions just became too strong for my measly attempts at bio-hacking...and I was too tired to even attempt more things. I'd rather nap and sleep through my nausea than spend any precious energy and effort trying to thwart it. I obviously tried ginger in various forms but I honestly think it made me feel worse. The only thing that seemed to even slightly lessen my nausea was grapefruit. There was a few weeks there where we were running out to the store multiple times a week to get more grapefruit juice--I just couldn't get enough of it.
A few tips for this recipe:
In this specific bowl pictured, I used a combo of parsnips, carrots, celery, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, and extra tomatoes. I used spinach as my greens. Onions and tomatoes I always use for this soup, but for the rest of vegetables you can pretty much use whatever you like, whatever you have on hand, or whatever is in season. My favorite combo is green beans, celery, and carrots...CLASSIC.
Weekend Recovery Soup/First Trimester Soup
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 60 minutes
Add coconut oil to a large soup pot and set stove to medium-high heat. Once coconut oil is melted, add the eggs and cook until scrambled. Break up the scrambled eggs into tiny pieces with your spatula.
Add the onion and tomatoes, and cook down, stirring occasionally until onions just start to turn translucent.
Add the rest of your veggies and then pour in the bone broth. Cook on high until it starts to boil. Then add your greens and bring to a boil again.
Cover and simmer on low for about 45 minutes. Add salt to taste.
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