Bone Broth for Weight Loss & Everything Else
Have you heard about the magic elixir known as bone broth? It is hard not to since it is great for so many health concerns of today…even weight loss. Back in the day however, before pre-made stocks at your local grocer, people actually had to make the stuff.
How is stock made you might ask? From bones…yup, bones. I am sure many of you know this, but for those of you who do not…lesson to you – know where your food comes from. Second lesson – learn more about it.
What is it really?
So, bone broth is using bones from animals that perhaps we had for dinner, like a whole chicken, or bones that you can get at your local butcher. It is incredibly easy to make, you just want to know the things that will make it better, or so you can get the most bang for your bones.
You might be thinking right now, but can’t I just buy this at the store? There is stock at the store yes, but bone broth is slightly different. It is cooked for WAY longer and contains gelatin (the best stuff). I have seen some great companies online also selling it for a pretty penny, but know what you are buying and that it is not just stock in disguise.
Bone broth, like so many “trendy” food practices of today, has been around for a long, long, long time. It was not new news to say your grandmother’s generation or even way before her. People from many cultures all over the world have been making bone broth for its healing properties. Think of it as a return to tradition and our health.
Bones All Around Us!
Bone broth can be made out of any bones that you fancy. (beef, chicken, fish, etc.) The BEST bones to use are joint bones because they are more plentiful in cartilage and connective tissue. Yes, I know how gross that may sound, but if you want the best broth, you want parts like chicken feet, wings, cow knuckles, or ox tails.
These parts will make your broth richer, and more gelatinous, which is a sign you have done your bone broth well. If it doesn’t have that thick gelatin on top, your broth is still filled with important nutrients, but the more gelatin the merrier.
We have all heard about collagen, especially in the beauty industry. We see ads all over for supplements because it is great for the skin, hair, wrinkles etc. If you have heard of Jell-O before, then you have had gelatin. Gelatin is what gives Jell-O, that classic wiggly.
Gelatin actually comes from the breakdown of the collagen in the animal bones. Both collagen and gelatin is magic for your gut health, which also helps with your weight loss!
When it comes to weight loss, bone broth helps to support the reduction of inflammation in the body. It actually helps to heal the lining of the stomach and intestines.
Inflammation is what keeps our bodies in stress mode, plus bone broth is also low in calories.
When your body is under a great deal of stress, like so many are today due to poor diets and not much movement…bone broth can calm this panic down. Gelatin also has wonderful amino acids such as proline, which is believed to repair leaky gut, and increases metabolism.
- 4 lbs. of bones (Get grass fed when you can. Healthy animals = healthy broth)
- 2 unpeeled carrots, rough chopped
- 1 onion, rough chopped
- 1 garlic head (cut in half – crosswise)
- 2 stalks of celery, rough chopped
- 1TBSP Apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp turmeric
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Preheat your oven to 450 degrees
- Place all the bones and cut up vegetables on a sheet pan, and allow to brown for 40 minutes, tossing halfway through.
- Add the browned bones and vegetables into a large stock pot or a slow cooker, then fill up with filtered water until it covers all the bones and vegetables (about 12 cups)
- Add to that, the rest of the ingredients
- If using the stove top method: allow it to come to a boil, then set to simmer for a minimum of 8 hours but as much as 24 hours for best results. (be sure to keep adding water to the pot if the water goes below the bones and vegetables)
- If using the slow cooker method: set to low for 24 hours and continue to add water if the water drops below the bones and vegetables.***do not leave your broth unattended for long periods of time for household safety***
- Once broth is done cooking…
- Allow to cool
- Toss bones & vegetables in trash
- Put into containers and allow to cool in fridge overnight
- You can store in fridge for 5 days or freeze for us to 6 months
Note: When it is cooled, there will be a layer of fat on top and under that is the gelatin. Skim off the fat, but keep the gelatin. Once it is reheated that will mix back in and you won’t even know it’s there.
You can use bone broth to drink, add to soups & stews, or even to replace the water in certain recipes like rice to give it added flavor. My favorite way to enjoy it, is to just simply drink it.
The addition of turmeric in the broth, adds an extra punch along with the gelatin to help decrease inflammation even further. If you are suffering from joint pains, or stomach issues…bone broth is a must to add into any diet.
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And because the more you know about bone broth the MORE it can change your life…click the info graphic below and read an amazing in depth article about the magical elixir from my friends at COGNITUNE.
With Nourishing Love,