February 23, 2020
If you spend a lot of time in the kitchen, you may already be familiar with bone broth. However, if you are not, you may find yourself wondering exactly what it is and how it’s used. I’m going to tell you all about bone broth, and even how to make it! You may find yourself surprised at all of the benefits of bone broth.
Bone broth is made from boiling animal bones with vegetables, and straining out the solid pieces. Boiling the bones allows all of the nutrients to be transferred to the liquid and, the vitamins and minerals that are released from the bones are the same things we need to strengthen our own bones! It’s essentially a concentrated vitamin shot.
Drinking a bit of bone broth every morning has been known to be beneficial in general, similar to a multivitamin. You may experience an energy boost and an improvement in overall gut health. The energy that these vitamins provide is enough to sustain you for longer than caffeine or other morning energizers. The one difference is that bone broth may be an acquired taste for some! If you aren’t fond of drinking it plain, you may just consider adding it to more of your recipes, which will give you the benefits as well!
You also don’t need to limit yourself to only drinking some in the morning. People who use bone broth for their vitamin supply typically drink anywhere from 2-4 cups a day. This can be done by either heating it up or drinking it cold, whichever you prefer. Some people will drink some in the morning and some at night, and others may spread it throughout the day. It all depends on what fits into your lifestyle. A lot of people start seeing improvements in their health within a week of adding bone broth to their regimen.
Depending on what ingredients you add to your bone broth, it can be full of collagen, vitamin A, vitamin K2, minerals like zinc, iron, boron, manganese, and selenium, as well as omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, glucosamine, calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, and more! It’s truly amazing how adding this to your recipes, or drinking a bit every day can improve your overall health! With that being said, the one thing you would not want to add to your bone broth is salt. It should be pretty rich in salt already, and any additional salt needed can be added to the final recipe and should not be added to the base.
You can add the bones of any type of animal into your bone broth, and each will provide different types of vitamins and minerals. The two main types of bones used for broth are bovine and chicken, but for my recipe, I am using lamb. The type of collagen that chicken bones provide has been known to help with healthy joints, cartilage, and ligaments. It is also known to have serious anti-inflammatory properties! If these are things you are looking for help with, chicken bones are the way to go.
If you are looking to improve the elasticity and hydration of your skin, you may consider bovine bones. This broth will provide collagen that is known to help with preventing wrinkles! If that wasn’t enough, it can also help to strengthen your blood vessels, muscles, and for women, your uterus! The vitamins and minerals from beef bone broth are also well known for helping with overall gut health. Lamb bone broth has a lot of the same benefits, and is very tasty, too!
It really is very simple. My mom showed me a long time ago how to make a good homemade healthy bone broth. All you need are bones, water, and veggies! I posted on my stories that I was making homemade bone broth and so many people asked about it. I will gladly share the simple recipe I use.
1. Add all ingredients to 6-quart pot
2. Fill wth water to about an inch below pot
3. Bring liquid to boil
4. Set on low for 6-10 hours
5. Place a colander inside a large glass bowl
6. Pour contents of pot into the colander
7. Remove colander, compost remaining ingredients
8. Pour liquid into ball jars, freeze, refrigerate, or drink
Additional benefits of consuming bone broth include:
With all of the health benefits that this superfood is enriched with, I can’t stop telling all of my friends about bone broth!
Do you have a bone broth recipe that you love? Share it in the comments, friends!
Christina & Trevor
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