Updated: Nov 26, 2021
One of the easiest / delicious ways to get collagen
A huge trend right now is taking collagen supplements, it benefits digestion, hair, skin, nails, energy, mental clarity, essentially boosts overall health. Supplement options range from capsules, powders for smoothies, creamers for your coffee and in sports drinks.
My fav is the traditional way- eating pasture-raised meat and boiling bones into a delicious gelatinous broth. I lovvvvvve it, it is refreshing, warming, nourishing, it's like a million bucks in a glass. Any time I feel run down I imagine a mug of salty bone broth.
Benefits of bone broth
Bone broth contains the vitamins and minerals from bones, which includes collagen, healthy fats and easily digestible amino acids (protein). When made with root veggie scraps, we gain the benefits from the Earth too.
A top recommendation for people with digestive complaints, bone broth is soothing and regenerating for the digestive tract. It provides nutrition without sugars to ferment or fibre to irritate.
Just by Googling the benefits of bone broth you can read various benefits ranging from hormonal balance, digestive balance, nervous system nourishment, benefitting sleep, mental clarity, muscle recovery, stronger hair, skin, nails, etc. etc. etc.
Bone broth is a multi vitamin in a mug.
Recent antidote: I had a experience not too long ago where I went on a sugar binge, way too many sweets in a short amount of time, then later that night I had so many things on my mind I went into a downward spiral and then into a full on anxiety attack. I couldn't sleep, my mind was racing, my muscles tense, I felt like squirming. I generally don't like to eat late at night, but I knew I needed something with some healthy fats to slow down my system. Luckily we had a jar of bone broth in the fridge and within 5 minutes of drinking a mug, I was sitting crossed legged on my yoga rug, smiling, realizing that it was going to be okay. Soon after I fell right to sleep.
Brian's bone broth
Into a large stock pot:
Bones from about 1 chicken (check out this blog post here to learn how to break down a chicken). We keep both raw bones like neck, feet, and cooked bones and meat scraps from our meals in the freezer for when it's time to make this recipe.
Veggie scraps- we keep onion peels, celery stems, carrot ends, general root veg scraps in the freezer for when it's time to make a recipe like this.
Add sea salt and optional to add a splash of apple cider vinegar to help extract more nutrients.
Cover the pot and bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer on medium heat.
Allow to simmer for 1-3 hours+. Some recipes talk about 6-12 hours, but we don't have the patience or time for that!
Skim the scum off the surface of the broth ever so often as you check on the pot.
When you like the colour and aroma of the broth, allow it to cool a bit and then strain the contents.
Return to the liquid broth to the stove and simmer uncovered so it can reduce down and evaporate a bit of the extra water, Sam like's it thicker and gelatinous.
Store in the fridge for 1-2 weeks, or freezer for long term.
When it cools, the fat/oil will separate from the liquid, so when you reheat it attempt to divide the oil slab evenly to distribute the fatty nutrition into every mug full! :)
Thanks so much and enjoy!
Samantha & Brian.