One of my favourite recipes to make is a simple gut-healing bone broth.
First, I want to share some of the amazing benefits of incorporating bone broth into your life and why it's something that is regularly being made in my house.
Gut Healing: The gelatin helps heal the lining of the gut and helps keep fluid in the digestive tract, promoting healthy bowel movements.
Immune Boosting: Bone broth contains a ton of amino acids like arginine and cystine that help boost the immune system.
Anti-inflammatory: Contains amino acids that help fight inflammation.
Decreases Joint Pain: It is a source of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), such as chondroitin and glucosamine, which can help to decrease joint pain.
Bone Health: You are extracting all of the minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium, from the bones and they are just what our own bones desire.
Healthy Skin: The gelatin provides some of the building blocks for collagen that is important for that plump, tight skin.
1 Chicken carcass or 2 lbs of bones- I would highly encourage you to use organic, humanely- raised animal bones .
SAVE $$$- Buy the type of bones that aren't as desirable such as feet (feet are actually very high in gelatin),
Instead of throwing your bones away, freeze them until you have enough to make a broth with.
Vegetables of your choice: carrots, celery, onion, garlic etc.
Fresh or dried herbs for flavour boosting
4 tbs of apple cider vinegar
Sea salt to taste
Enough water to fill the pot you are cooking in
Modify the ingredients depending on your unique dietary requirements
Put all the ingredients in a large pot
Bring everything to a boil and then immediately lower the temperature to a simmer
Let simmer for 12-24 hours
Let cool down for 1 hour
Strain your bone broth
What to do with my broth?
Now that your broth is good to go there are so many things you can do with it:
An obvious choice would be to use it as a base for soup.
I'll also keep a jar in the fridge (no longer than a week) and use it in various recipes in place of chicken or vegetable stock.
Have you ever tried drinking a nice cup of bone broth ? It's delicious and incredibly nutrient dense.
I'll also freeze glass jars of the broth and take them out as needed. Remember to leave a little bit of room in the jar to allow for the broth to expand as it freezes.
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