Bone Broth

IMG_20140707_113959 I would probably not believe you if a year ago you told me that I would be making Kale smoothies for my kids for breakfast while a batch of bone broth was being made in my crock pot.

It’s funny how even the tinniest of baby steps can move you so far!

Last night I was roasting a whole chicken in an effort to do some meal planning for the rest of the week. After cutting all the meat off I remembered a friend telling me about bone broth and how amazing it is for your health. I decided to look it up. Turns out all I needed to do was put the carcass (meat, skin and all) into a crock pot, cover with water and add a Tbs of vinegar. Let it cook on low for 12 hours and you’ve got it! (I already had some celery and onions in the chicken carcass from roasting it, and that adds a lot of flavor too). Just like that I have a nice batch of bone broth.

I’m actually doing it again – with the same carcass…I just re-covered it with water and put the crock pot back on again.

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10 Benefits of Bone Broth

1. It heals a leaky gut. The gelatin in bone broth protects and heals the mucosal lining of the digestive tract and helps aid in the digestion of nutrients. If you have damage due to eating gluten bone broth can actually reverse the damage and heal you. 

2. Fights infections such as colds and flu.   A study published in the journal Chest shows eating chicken soup during a respiratory infection reduces the number of white blood cells, which are the cells that cause flu and cold symptoms.

3. Reduces joint pain and inflammation.   The glucosamine in bone broth can actually stimulate the growth of new collagen, repair damaged joints and reduce pain and inflammation. 

4. Produces gorgeous skin, hair and nails. The collagen and gelatin in bone broth supports hair growth and helps to keep your nails strong.

5. Helps with bone formation, growth and repair. The calcium, magnesium and phosphorus in bone broth helps our bones to grow and repair.

6. Saves you money. Homemade bone broth is cheaper and healthier than store bought.

7. Super easy to make. All you need is a crockpot. Throw all of the ingredients into the crockpot and it cooks while you sleep.

8. Healthier than buying supplements. Homemade bone broth contains all nutrients and minerals found in bones and tendons rather than just one or two found in pills. Slow cooking preserves the nutrients better than the high heat extraction used to make supplements.

9. Fights inflammation. Bone broth is very high in the anti-inflammatory amino acids glycine and proline.

10. Promotes sleep and calms the mind. The amino acid glycine found in bone broth can be very calming.  

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