March 28, 2016
One of the biggest factors in Leah’s healing process was the magic elixir bone broth. And it’s taking the wellness space by storm, Just check out NYC’s newest pop-up window café. And, read about Kobe’s obsession with the golden broth. Bone broth is made by slowly simmering chicken, beef, pork or fish bones for an extended period of time in water with other mineral rich vegetables and anti-inflammatory spices. The longer the simmer goes, the more benefits one reaps from the broth.
Since this delicious broth is great for digestion, we thought discussing the benefits called for an easily-digestible list of 5 on why we cannot get enough of this transformative cup. Maybe you’ll be swapping out your cold brew for some of this hot magic?
1. It soothes an aggravated gut. When your gut isn’t fortified with the proper microflora, food allergies and sensitivities, skin issues, brain fog, constipation and unwanted weight gain or loss may all be around the corner.
2. Gelatin is the secret miracle component of why the broth makes major moves on our health. As the bones break apart during the simmering process, the vitamins, minerals and collagen are at their most bio-available. Meaning, they’ll be most potent for our cells. (Psst, this is one of the reasons we love soaking grains and nuts too– the soaking releases their bioavailability and rids of preservatives like phytic acid.)
3. It has more fighting power than the run-of-the-mill supplements made for aiding the digestive tract. Regular consumption of bone broth can, in a sense, heal and seal the intestinal tract. The “sealing” piece is crucial, as the wear and tear from a modern American Diet can leave your GI in a state of distress, with perforation that leads to malabsorption and discomfort.
4. Snag a luminous glow with broth. The gelatin and collagen help to create a resilient and lovely complexion. Not only is your largest organ getting some love, but so are your bones and joints.
5. It’s completely easy to make and store in large batches, in the freezer for later use. We often make large pots of it, and drink often to relish its grounding and rebuilding properties. The transformation comes through consistency, and it works wonders as a satiating fix for the mid-afternoon slump when sugar may be on the brain.
GOOD LIFE’S SPECIAL BONE BROTH RECIPE
- 1 large yellow onion chopped in chunks
- 2-3 carrots chopped into chunks
- 2-3 celery stalks chopped into chunks
- 6 garlic cloves peeled and halved
- 2 large Bay leaves (or 3-4 small ones)
- 3-4 sprigs of fresh thyme
- 2-3 sprigs fresh of oregano (1 tbsp of dried works well too)
- 1 tablespoon crushed coriander seeds
- 1/2 tablespoon crushed peppercorns (you can crush this and the coriander together with a mortar and pestle)
- 1-2 tablespoon of pink sea salt or kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar (helps to bring out minerals from the bones)
- 4 lbs organic chicken backs and necks (we’ll usually do 2 lbs back and 2 lbs necks, but the ratio does not matter)
- Heat a large pot on medium-high and place the onion, carrot, celery, garlic with 2 cups water and let simmer for 2-3 minutes.
- Add herbs, spices, salt, vinegar and stir to mix.
- Add chicken and water to cover.
- Within first 30-45 minutes, skim off dark foam that rises to the surface. These are impurities that have no nutritional value and will immediately cook off to the top.
- Simmer on low, stirring occasionally, for 5-14 hours. (Our sweet spot is 7-8 hours!)
- Adding water as needed to keeping the water level about an inch from the top of the pot as a good rule of thumb. The longer it goes, the more nutritional value it has!
Once ready to remove from heat…
- Remove chicken, veggies and all larger contents from broth with a slotted spoon and discard.
- Strain the broth through a mesh colander to remove the smaller pieces to get a nice, clear broth!
- Let the broth cool to room temperature and freeze in glass tupperware or quart size ziplock baggies for later use.
Hot tip: Cooling may take up to a couple of hours, and will cool faster if you transfer it out of the pot and into a separate large bowl.
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