Wellness Wednesday: Bone Broth
By Devorah Ungerlider-Moore
Bone broth? It’s all the rage! Hollywood’s brought back the “cool” in ancient nutrition once again. Over the last couple years there has been a sought after broth that celebrities and athletes, like with Gwyneth Paltrow, Salma Hayek and the LA Lakers, have touted life changing benefits from—beautiful skin, weight-loss, overall health and top athletic performance. The magic soup is not magic at all. It’s simply a nutrient-rich bone broth.
At Progressive Nectar, we believe, food is medicine. When it comes to wellness, bone broth is essential. Today many doctors prescribe bone broth to help heal gut problems, auto-immune diseases, common colds, and even recommend it as a staple in everyday healthy diets.
The good news is, you don’t have to be a celebrity super star or pro-baller to include bone broth in your life. In-fact, making it is simple and quite affordable. Growing up as the Kosher Butcher’s daughter in Northern California, making bone broth is second nature to me. Here’s my secret:
How to Make Bone Broth
How do you make bone broth at home and where do you get the bones? For essential bones, head off to your local butcher shop or Asian market. The best bones to use are beef knuckles and chicken necks. Other people use feet and tails…but not I. Once you get the bones home, roast them at 375F for about 30-40 minutes. From there making a basic broth is simple. For the most flavor, try sautéing carrots, onions, fresh ginger and bay leaves in your soup pot. Add ¼ cup apple cider vinegar and the roasted bones to the pot, then fill it with water. Bring soup to a boil for 20 minutes, then reduce heat and simmer on low for 24 to 72 hours. You can even transfer the soup to a crock-pot, then set-it and forget-it. Let the aromas fill your home while your soup turns into a super healing delicious broth. Add sea salt to taste. Feel free to drink bone broth as is or use it in recipes like our famous Pho Soup recipe found here.
Check out these top 5 reasons to drink bone broth:
- Nourish your gut. The gelatin in bone broth is found to support healing intestines.
- Increase Collagen. Bone broth is a rich source of collagen. The best inner nutrients for beautiful skin. Stop spending money on fancy creams, drink bone broth for natural beauty and look even more radiant.
- Protect your joints and strengthen bones. Bone broth contains glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate supporting joint health. Getting these nutrients from nature is way better than swallowing a pill. The phosphorus, magnesium, and calcium in the bones seeps out into the broth supporting healthy bones.
4. High in Protein. Broth is supremely rich in protein.
- Immune support. Bone broth is rich in vital minerals and nutrients supporting overall immune function.
Wrtitten By: Devorah Ungerleider-Moore, Culinary Editor at Progressive Nectar Publishing.