If you’re an avid follower of me, you know I love a good cup of bone broth. Not only is it super comforting & considered a “feel good” food, it’s incredibly versatile and provides so many health benefits. Whether I’m making a brothy soup, sauteeing veggies or preparing my usual bone broth “tea,” bone broth is definitely a staple in many of my recipes. We’re also coming up on Fall so you’ll be seeing tons more recipes on my page!!
It’s actually extremely filling as well, so it makes a great snack or addition to any smaller meal!
- Bone broth has been used for centuries as a healing food for anything from colds and flus, all the way to ailments that affect connective tissues, such as gastrointestinal tract, the joints, the skin, lungs, muscles and blood
- Able to treat leaky gut syndrome, restore gut lining and help fight food sensitivities
- Contains essential vitamins and minerals in forms your body can easily absorb; calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, Vitamin D, Potassium, zinc, manganese, iron, and Vitamins A, K and C.
- Incredible source of collagen, which helps form elastin & what gives our skin the healthy and youthful look
- Helps maintain skin, hair, nails
- Helps protect joints
- Great for the gut
- Contains gelatin, which supports intestinal gut lining (source)
- Boosts detoxification: bone broth contains both potassium and glycine, which support both cellular and liver detoxification
- Immunity boosting: there is a reason that soup sounds so good to us when we’re sick!! Bone broth is full of easily digestible and absorbable nutrients. It can help to clear mucus and open up your respiratory system. If you didn’t know, nearly 70% of our immune system lies within our gut, making it extremely important to supply it with nutrient-dense food!
- Helps metabolism and promotes anabolism, otherwise known as the synthesis of complex molecules from simpler molecules
- Bone broth contains L-glutamine, an essential amino acid. These amino acids in bone broth play a part in building and repairing muscle tissue, supporting bone mineral density and boosting mineral absorption.
- Can replace water when cooking for a yummy boost of nutrition! Ie. quinoa, rice, veggies, braising meats, etc.
HOW I PREPARE MY BONE BROTH “TEA”
I like keeping a frozen bag of bone broth in my freezer until I’m ready to use or know I’m going to use within the next few days. If I need right away, I’ll put the entire bag in a large bowl under running warm water until defrosted enough to pour into whatever I’m making. Otherwise, I’ll set the bag in the fridge overnight to defrost for the following day. I’ll generally use one bag within 2-3 servings for soups, sauteing veggies, drinking out of a mug, using to help steam my turkey burgers, etc.
Most of the time I’ll drink straight out of a mug… and I know that might sound weird if you’ve never done it before. You’re probably thinking, “so you’re just drinking soup broth?” I wish it could be more exciting, but the short answer is yes! I’ve grown to love it because it tastes so comforting, is extremely nourishing, and further, provides your body with essential nutrients and energy.
1-2 cups bone broth
½ cup filtered water (depending on your preference– the concentrated bone broth may be a bit too thick, so sometimes I’ll add water to both thin it out + prolong remaining servings)
1 tsp ghee
1/4 tsp Primal Palate Adobo Seasoning
Couple shakes turmeric spice
Ground pepper (increases bioavailability of turmeric benefits)
Squeeze of citrus (i.e. lemon or lime)
2-3 tbsp chopped cilantro
⅓ avocado, diced in small cubes
Pour bone broth in small to medium-sized pot and let cook on medium along with water (if using), ghee, turmeric, pepper and pink salt. Once boiling, turn heat off and let cool for several minutes. Stir in cilantro and diced avocado, then pour bone broth “tea” into mug. Enjoy!
You can find other recipes using bone broth here!
WANT TO MAKE YOUR OWN BONE BROTH?
I have yet to make my own bone broth…. One reason because my apartment kitchen is too small to store any other appliance (ie. slow cooker), and two, because companies like Bonafide Provisions make it incredibly convenient enough to purchase as is, with no additional steps.
It’s made from all organic, grass-fed, and pasture-raised bones. They don’t add any meat or additional broth to their recipes. And never any preservatives, gums, or fillers! It always tastes so fresh and can be seasoned to your liking.
These packed broths can be found in the frozen section at many health food stores (Whole Foods, Fred Meyer). They keep it frozen so that it retains the maximum amount of nutrients! Bonafide Provisions also released their new organic bone broth soups, in six delish flavors. I definitely recommend trying them out– my favorite dairy-free flavor is the Chicken Vegetable.
Nonetheless, I’ve pulled a few easy recipes to make your own bone broth and linked them below–
HOW TO STORE YOUR BONE BROTH
If you’re worried you’re not able to use the entire bag of bone broth or the remainder of your homemade recipe before it goes bad within 4-5 days, no worries! There’s several different ways to store it for use later on.
Check this idea below:
TBH I also sometimes warm a few tbsp up and pour it over my dog, Ellie’s food… she loves it!!