1 | So Cheap + Easy, What's Not To Love
Being the biohacker-wannabe that I am, I'm a little lazy, so I need to find healthy solutions that are simple to implement to be sure I stick to them. I usually find remnant chicken back bones or beef bone marrow in the frozen meat area of Whole Foods for no more than around $3 for a few pounds. I also have access to local farms who will sell or give me extra bones. I have also ordered from US Wellness Meats where I can find extra good stuff for my broth like chicken feet for extra collagen. I have taken tips from the best, having used recipes from Nom Nom Paleo and Balanced Bites. Now I've gotten it down to the simplest, fastest execution I use most often: Cover bones with filtered water in a stock pot / Add a halved onion, fresh thyme + salt / Bring to a boil / Simmer for hours or until bones are falling apart / Strain out the cooled broth into Mason Jars for drinking, soups, + other dishes / I skim the fat that cools on top for roasting veggies.
2 | Because Bad Teeth Need Help
Because of the vital minerals in bone broth, it has been proven to aid in oral health – an area I need a lot of help in. I didn't used to care what I ate and believed eating tons of sugar was perfectly fine, as long as I moved a little, thinking it burned off so easily I could eat all I wanted – thanks a lot Twizzlers, "a low fat snack"! Thankfully, I'm not alone in this way of thinking about and getting hooked on low fat "foods." Hopefully, I am combatting the damage already done.
3 | Keeping My Family's Insides Intact
Bone broth was one of the first foods I introduced into Braxton's diet. When he was weaning I would give him broth to drink out of his sippy cup, or he loved eating it cold when it was the consistency of jello. I read a lot about first foods and felt compelled to arm Braxton with a healthy gut as early as possible; new research is developing all the time about how crucial our guts are to our overall health.
4 | Because It Has To Be Better Than Store-Bought
I used to pay around $4 for a carton of chicken broth with ingredients that sounded something like this: Organic chicken broth, Organic chicken flavor, Natural chicken flavor, Organic evaporated cane juice, Autolyzed yeast extract, Organic onion powder, Turmeric, Organic flavor. It's really made to sound pretty good, isn't it? But for one thing, what's with all the flavoring (The Dorito Effect is a must-must-read on this)? When I can make more quantity for less money and more nutrients in a small amount of time, I'm all about it. More importantly, store-bought broth is the consistency of water, which is a bad sign in itself. Homemade broth congeals when it cools because of all the awesome gelatin from the animal bones. We drink this to improve our own joints and bones. Incredible!
Hi. I'm Suzanna.
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