Let’s talk bone broth. Is this just another health or food trend? NO! This is here to stay and I’m so happy it is. This is an old old old remedy, there’s really nothing new about it. If your Grandmother used to make you broth or chicken soup when you were sick – you know what I’m talking about. The benefits are truly amazing and if it’s one new thing you try, I’m going to have to say this should be it unless you’re a vegetarian.
I have been consistently drinking a cup daily now for so many reasons and love it, I hope you’ll try my template recipe below. You can buy bone broth, however, it can get pricey to buy so often. Making it at home is best because you know what’s in it AND it takes very little effort to make. It might sound intimidating but I promise you it’s not.
TIP: Make a whole chicken (or other type of meat) on Sunday for dinner and use the carcass to make bone broth for the week!
Benefits of Bone Broth:
- Heals the gut: gut health is the epicenter of your overall health, period. Illness, disease, symptoms such as poor skin or hair, weak or painful joints, etc. (the list goes on!) can be traced back to gut health because that’s where your digestion is. The saying “you are what you eat” is WRONG – you are what you DIGEST. And if you have a gut imbalance, leaky gut, poor digestion, IBS, whatever you’d like to call it – the rest of your body is going to feel out of whack because it is. It’s like if the house of your foundation has a crack in it. So this is the #1 benefit of drinking bone broth.
- The collagen, glycine, marrow, glucosamine, chondroitin, and amino acids are POWERFUL in naturally detoxifying your body, building blood and healing and repairing joints and other inflammation.
- Trains your body to burn stored fat naturally and to stabilize blood sugar – these are pinnacles in longevity, maintaining your healthy weight and energy.
- It’s delicious and you can really make it your own! Try different herbs and vegetable combos to personalize your bone broth. If you like soup, you’re just drinking it in a mug. I love having this as an “afternoon snack”, it gives great energy and is really soothing on the belly.
- 1 carcass free-range organic chicken or turkey* (approx. 4 lbs) or 4lbs of leg/wing bones with meat removed
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar (this helps the good stuff come off and out of the bones into the broth)
- vegetables of choice: carrots, celery, onion, garlic, etc.
- herbs of choice: thyme, oregano, salt, pepper, turmeric, etc.
- filtered water to cover
*can use other types of bones as well, if using duck or goose, they are extra oily so you’ll just need to skim it more before drinking or it will be very oily.
- To a 10-quart slow cooker, add the bones/carcass, apple cider vinegar, vegetables (you don’t need to chop much since you’ll be straining them out anyway) and any herbs you’d like to add.
- Fill with filtered water just enough to cover the top of the carcass. To make it thicker, you can add less water.
- Set your slow cooker for at least 24 hours on low to simmer.
- When complete, carefully remove the bones and veggies with tongs or large utensils. Strain the broth into glass jars. If you want to freeze the jars, fill them half-way so they don’t burst. It will keep well in the fridge for about a week. **
Recommended: Heat in a mug and drink 1-2 cups a day for amazing results in your digestion, skin, energy and more!!
**If you notice gelatin forming on the top when it’s cooled, that’s more than okay.. it’s GREAT! That means you have an extra juicy batch, it will dissolve when you re-heat it to drink. As mentioned above, if using duck or goose you’ll want to toss the fat that collects at the top or your broth will be too oily… but for chicken and turkey, it should just be the gelatin that forms which blends in great.
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