Ah, the healing power of broth. It is no secret how medicinal this stuff is, though it is often overlooked. It is a traditional food used commonly by our ancestors and popularized in the modern day Paleo diet. There are a few great reasons to lean on this wisdom that has stood the test of time.
First, let’s explore the benefits of bone broth. Then, scroll down to take a look at two of my favorite recipes that may bring more of it into your life.
The benefits of bone broth are extremely impressive. Though not exhaustive, this list should give you a few good reasons to consume more broth.
- Supports joints, builds cartilage, & encourages healthy shock absorption through collagen, gelatin, chondroitin sulfate & glucosamine.
- Supports immune function and encourages stem cell regeneration. May improve allergies, asthma, and arthritis.
- Bone contains ample bioavailable minerals to support our bones [calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sulfur, silicone, and trace minerals].
- Marrow contains iron, phosphorus, & healthy fats
- Improves digestion
- Encourages healing of the intestinal lining
- Helps the body assimilate protein
- Supports skin health with hyaluronic acid
- May support sleep with the amino acid glycine
- Brings balance to the body overall – healthy blood, proper detoxification, neurological function, anti-inflammation, and anti-aging.
Where you source your bones matters! Look for bones from organic, pasture-raised, grass-fed & finished animals.If you’d like to learn more, check out the book Nourishing Broth by Sally Fallon & Kaayla T. Daniel.
The Bone Broth Challenge
What changes would you see if you made broth a part of your daily life? Less achey joints, pain or stiffness upon waking? Better digestion and elimination? Sound sleep and sense of calm? All are possible.
Download the challenge here! Try the recipe out for yourself and make it a regular habit for just two weeks to sip it daily. Be sure to add spices to your broth that suite your taste. There’s plenty of space to get creative by adding lemon, salt, pepper, garlic, ginger, onion, carrot, celery, or herbs like thyme, rosemary, oregano, and bay leaf.
Consider trying a few products from the list of reputable brands to the right. These are a bit more convenient and can be easily added to soups, stew, or sauces; you can also add a splash when cooking vegetables to enhance flavor.
Maybe you’ll enjoy it so much you’ll continue to use it regularly after two weeks!
Bone Broth Hot Chocolate
- 1/2 scoop pure bone broth powder OR 1/2 cup bone broth
- 1.5 cup hot water
- 1/2 packet chocolate salt LMNT OR 1/2 tablespoon cocoa powder, 1/2 teaspoon Celtic salt, & 1/2 capsule magnesium glycinate
- optional splash of almond milk
In a 16 oz mug, combine all ingredients and use a frother or whisk to mix well. Enjoy morning, afternoon, or evening! It makes a nourishing start to the day and a great swap for coffee.
Kabocha Mac + Cheese
- 4-6 cups roasted kabocha squash [1 large]
- 4 cups bone broth*
- 2 tablespoons pure bone broth powder
- 1 teaspoon each onion & garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 2 teaspoons stone ground or dijon mustard
- 2 teaspoons sea salt
- Healthy grind black pepper
Roast the kabocha squash face down on a parchment lined baking sheet for 40-50 minutes at 375 degrees. Remove from oven and let cool. In a large stock pot, heat bone broth on medium low. Scoop out the squash from the skin and add into the pot with all remaining ingredients. Use an immersion blender or transfer to a blender to blitz until well combined. Add more liquid as needed to reach a thick consistency. Ladle onto your favorite macaroni [I like Chickapea pasta or Shirataki macaroni], then top with protein and more veggies for a balanced meal. Store in a glass container in the fridge and reheat with more liquid. Enjoy!
*Homemade or store-bought. Reference the Bone Broth Challenge sheet for a recipe and brands I like.