Bone broth seems to be all the buzz lately (in the wellness world at least). The Today Show coined it “trendy” after the entire Lakers team hopped on board. New Yorkers began swapping their lattes for cups of bone broth from NYC’s Brodo, a walk up window serving only slow-cooked bone broth. So, is this superfood trendy, or will it stand the test of time? We believe the latter and we’re here to tell you why.
This traditional food dates all the way back to the Stone Age. Bone broth is rich in collagen, gelatin, glutamine, glycine, proline, and countless minerals. It supports gut health, joint and bone health, the immune system, and holds anti-aging properties. It’s no wonder our grannies loved this stuff!
Immune Support: Roughly eighty percent of the immune system is located in the digestive system, therefore it is really important to have a healthy gut! The high gelatin and collagen content in bone broth is wonderful for gut health, which also means it is wonderful for the immune system. The amino acids found in bone broth also reduce inflammation.
Heal and Seal Your Gut: One of the most vital nutrients in healing your gut is gelatin. The gelatin in bone broth helps to heal the mucosal lining in the digestive tract and can even reverse leaky gut syndrome and digestive conditions. Bone broth is also rich in amino acids like l-glutamine, which are beneficial for gut health and healing.
Protect Your Joints: Bone broth is full of glucosamine, chondroitin sulphates, and other compounds that are crucial to joint health. The glycosaminoglycan in bone broth is resistant to digestion and is easily absorbed.
Look Beautiful: Bone broth contains collagen and the amino acids needed for collagen production. It supports hair, skin, and nail health. This magical molecule also keeps skin firm, smooth, and wrinkle-free. Prevent aging, support hair growth and nail strength…where do we sign up?
Strong Bones: Bone broth is full of calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus, which help our bones to grow and repair.
Detox: Our liver is constantly working to rid of toxins. Its ability to detoxify is limited by the availability of the amino acid, glycine. Bone broth is full of glycine and it’s bioavailable.
INGREDIENTS (Makes 2 quarts)
- 3-4 lbs. Mixed Beef Bones
- 1 tbsp. Avocado Oil
- 2 Medium Carrots
- 2 Stalks Celery
- 2 Leeks
- 1 Fennel
- 2 tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
- Optional herbs: rosemary, thyme, sage
- Sea Salt
- ROAST THE BONES (optional) Preheat the oven to 400. Toss the bones with olive oil and arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet. Roast for about 1 hour, turning once. This step is optional, but really helps to develop a deeper flavor.
- CUT THE VEGETABLES Rough chop vegetables into large chunks
- COMBINE THE BONES AND VEGETABLES IN POT: Combine in a stock pot or slow cooker
- COVER WITH WATER Add enough water to cover the ingredients by a few inches
- ADD APPLE CIDER VINEGAR AND HERBS the apple cider vinegar helps extract nutrients from the bones.
- STOCK POT Bring the water to a simmer over high heat on the stovetop, then turn the heat down to the lowest setting. Cover and keep the broth at a low simmer for at least 12 to 24 hours, checking the pot occasionally. Skim off any foam that collects and add additional water if needed to keep the ingredients covered.
- SLOW COOKER Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 12-48 hours. Check the slow cooker occasionally and skim off any foam that collects. Add additional water if necessary to keep the ingredients covered.
- STRAIN THE BROTH The broth should be deep in color and full of flavor. Strain through a fine mesh strainer
- ALLOW BROTH TO COOL Cool the broth to room temperature then refrigerate
- SKIM THE FAT As the broth chills, the fat will rise to the top and solidify. Once it has solidified, you can scrape it off if you choose.
- STORE & EAT Broth will keep refrigerated for up to 5 days or frozen for 3 months. Reheat over the stovetop and enjoy!
Alright - so you want to start drinking this magical cup of wellness, but you don't have time to make it? We've got you covered. You can buy a cup of qiality bone broth at Another Kind of Sunrise on Abbot Kinney, Bulletproof on Main St, or Belcampo in Santa Monica. Switch out your latte for bone broth a few days a week or double fist like we do daily. Happy healing!