This Clear Vegetable Broth recipe is a well-suited option for the clear liquid phase of a bariatric diet.
Why It Works Well in a Bariatric Clear Liquid Phase Diet:
Easily Digestible: The clear liquid form ensures that the broth is gentle on the digestive system, which is crucial for patients who have recently undergone bariatric surgery.
Hydrating: The broth provides essential hydration, helping to replenish fluids lost during surgery and recovery.
Nutrient-Rich: Though light and clear, the broth contains vitamins and minerals from the vegetables, supporting overall health without overwhelming the digestive system.
No Added Sugars or Fats: The recipe is free from sugars, fats, and artificial substances that could interfere with the healing process.
Flavorful Yet Mild: The natural flavors of the vegetables, along with optional herbs, provide a pleasant taste without being overly strong or spicy. This can make the often monotonous clear liquid diet phase more enjoyable.
Customizable: The recipe can be tailored to individual preferences and dietary restrictions, such as reducing or omitting salt.
Aligns with Dietary Guidelines: The clear vegetable broth adheres to the guidelines for the clear liquid diet phase of a bariatric diet, making it a safe and appropriate choice.
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 onion, peeled and chopped
1 garlic clove (optional, for flavor)
6 cups of water
Salt to taste (optional)
Fresh herbs like thyme or parsley (optional, for flavor)
Prepare the vegetables by washing and chopping them. If using garlic or fresh herbs, make sure they are cleaned and prepared as well.
In a large pot, add the chopped carrots, celery, onion, garlic (if using), and fresh herbs (if using).
Pour the water into the pot, ensuring that the vegetables are fully submerged.
Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat.
Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for 2-3 hours. This slow cooking process will extract the flavors from the vegetables.
After simmering, remove the pot from the heat.
Strain the broth through a fine-mesh strainer into a clean container, discarding the solid vegetables.
If desired, season the broth with a pinch of salt. Be mindful of the sodium content, especially if there are any dietary restrictions.
Allow the broth to cool slightly before serving, or store it in the refrigerator for later use.