You know how chicken soup is the go-to dish when you’re sick? Modern science shows there’s truth to that traditional wisdom.
Not only does it keep you hydrated and comforted, but old fashioned bone broth is packed with health-boosting nutrients that are easy to absorb. By simmering bones and connective tissue of chicken, beef or fish, bone broth becomes a valuable source of collagen and gelatin, which protects the lining of your gut. And in turn, good gut health boosts your immunity, since 70% of your immune system is located in the gastrointestinal tract. What’s more, bone broth is rich in bone-strengthening minerals and glucosamine, a natural compound that supports healthy joints.
Bone broth is made by simmering animal bones high in collagen for a long period of time, up to 8-12 hours on the stovetop. Nourished Kitchen has a helpful guide to understand the difference between broth, stock and bone broth, as well as how to make a basic bone broth.
If you’re not a fan of eating animal products, there are vegetarian broths you can make. You’ll miss out on the gelatin and glucosamine, but you can load up on garlic, onions, vibrant veggies, medicinal spices and fresh herbs to create a nutrient-rich broth.
Bone broth also makes a great recovery meal for practical reasons: it’s easy to digest, requires little cleaning and when you make a large batch, you only have to warm up a cup on days you’re feeling sick.
All the more reason to try these 10 homemade (bone) broth recipes, plus some creative ways to use your broth!
The Best Slow-Cooked Bone Broth, 3 Ways from Diet Doctor
Gut Healing Chicken Soup from Prana Thrive
Scallion Ginger Bone Broth from Inherited Salt
Prawn and Pea Thai Broth from Food& __
Homemade Bone Broth and Stock from Adventures In Cooking
Low FODMAP Chicken Broth from Fun without FODMAP’s
A Nourishing Vegetarian “Bone” Broth Alternative (And A Pho) from Hello Glow
Healing Lemongrass and Mushroom Broth from Full of Plants
Mineral-Rich Vegan Umami Mushroom Broth from Will Frolic For Food
3 Creative Ideas to Use (Clear) Broths
Homemade bone broth tastes great as it is, as a light starter or a healthy pick-me-up when the afternoon slump rolls around. And of course you can use it in soups, stews and sauces. But the 3 recipes below show you can take your bone broth consumption to the next level.
Bone Broth Latte from Cotter Crunch
Not-Just-Any Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate from Bonafide Provisions
Raspberry Bone Broth Collagen Gummies from Kettle & Fire
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