So, as many of you probably know, bone broth has been all the rage lately. New Yorkers have been standing in line, hoping to get their cold hands on a warm cup of this nutrient-rich goodness. While we can debate whether the craze surrounding bone broth is actually justified or just another example of a successful health food marketing trend, there is no denying the health benefits of the beverage hiding inside of the health-conscious coffee tumbler. Here are some of the benefits of bone broth as I understand them.
- Can be a rich source of protein and minerals
- Contains collagen, the building blocks of cells to bones, ligaments, cartilage and the brain
- Rich in gelatin (a kind of collagen), which supports healthy digestion and healthy skin
While restaurants are now offering seasoned bone broth as a sip-able soup, bone broth, like commonly used chicken, veggie, and beef stock, as be used as the base of a heartier soup or used to add flavor to slow cooked meats or vegetables.
Making Your Own Broth
I’m an advocate of making bone broth at home for a couple of reasons. First, like all delicious things that you make from scratch, making broth at home allows you to control the quality of the ingredients that you put into it. The ingredients on commercial stocks and broths can get a little funky. Most have added sugar and many have other weird ingredients that really have no business being there. Additionally, the nutrients in broth are commensurate with the health of the animal bones that you use to make it. Thus, if you’re buying grass-fed beef, wild caught fish, and pasture-raised chicken, these bones are going to yield more health punch than their factory-farmed counterparts. Also, if you’re shelling out for quality meat and fish, which can be pricey, you might as well get the most out of it. Second, broth is super easy to make and extremely low maintenance. One you gather all the ingredients, you literally just throw them in the a pot (or your slow cooker!) and let them sit there for a long time, unbothered. If only all things could be so simple.
There are a ton of broth recipes out there but here are a couple of links that I refer to.
Paleo Leap: Making Fresh Bone Stock
Stupid Easy Paleo: Bone Broth 101
For the batch that I made, I used beef and chicken bones along with celery, onions, carrots, bay leaves, salt and pepper.
Happy sipping to you.