21 Apr Healing Broths
Granny knew it; now so many people are again swearing by this time honored tradition. This South American proverb: “broth will resurrect the dead” is (almost) true! Bone broth is one of the best healing, nutrient-dense foods.
In our recent Digestion posts we discussed all disease begins in our gut, how rebuilding our gut using probiotic foods and drinks is vital to rebuilding gut flora, and enhancing digestion which is foundational to health. Introducing Bone Broth to your diet is one way to nourish and heal your gut!
It can seem a little odd or unfamiliar to a lot of people – but it’s simple and also inexpensive to make.
Bone broth contains tons of collagen, calcium, phosphorous, glucosamine, and essential amino acids, making it a potent defense against illness and inflammation. It’s full of gelatin – something we don’t get enough of. Gelatin benefits your gut health, skin, joints, and has been found to help sleep.
If you cook, you’ll know broths and stocks form the bases for sauces, soups, and gravies. The concentrated burst of flavor that comes from these liquids can be used in just about anything. Many sip it like a cup of warm soup daily as a part of their nutrition supplementation regimen.
The nutritional benefits of bone broth depend a lot on what the broth is made from. Broth made from pasture-raised animals raised without antibiotics or hormones is ideal because it has more nutrients, a better fatty acid profile, and fewer toxins than the typical kinds of broth you can buy at your local grocery store.
Bone Broth (from Wellness Mama)
2 pounds (or more) of bones from a healthy source
2 chicken feet for gelatin
2 stalks celery
2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
Herbs or spices
Large stock pot, strainer
If using raw bones, especially beef bones, improve flavor by roasting in the oven first, for 30 minutes at 350F.
Place bones in a large stock pot. Pour (filtered) water over the bones and add the vinegar. Let sit for 20-30 minutes in the cool water. The acid helps make the nutrients in the bones more available.
Chop + add vegetables (except the parsley and garlic). Add spices.
Once broth has reached a vigorous boil, reduce to a simmer and simmer until done.
Remove impurities floating to the surface; discard. Grass-fed and healthy animals will produce less of this than conventional animals.
During the last 30 minutes, add the garlic and parsley.
Cool; strain. Store in glass jar in the fridge up to 5 days, or freeze.
Bone broth is very vogue as Americans are catching on to a long lost tradition.
Pick up the phone and tell your health coach all about the broth you will make! Look online for new interesting recipes and enjoy your journey into healing nourishment! You’ll be so glad you did ☺
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