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-right 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
Do you ever make (bone) broth to support your health or keep you cozy on bad days?
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Thank you for including this post in your weekly round-up Claire! And for supporting other health bloggers by sharing their work. https://painpalsblog.wordpress.com/2018/01/15/7404/
Great post and information - I have shared a link on my regular feature Monday Magic – Inspiring Blogs for You! Claire (PainPalsBlog) x
Thank you soo much may God bless you in many ways ☺
I'm sorry, the blog post is a few years old so the giveaway has been closed for a while now. Perhaps you can use some of the tips above to create a care package: puzzles or magazine, (free) samples of body care products if your dad is still in the hospital, a gift card for iTunes? I also like the Gifts in A Tin from DIYMommy: https://thediymommy.com/a-gift-in-a-tin-christmas-baking-kit-gift/ (Scroll down for an overview) or an edible gift like the five bean soup IF he's medically allowed to eat that of course!: https://thehealthsessions.com/healthy-edible-gifts/ Hope your father feels better soon!
I was going to leave a comment for the give away... For my dad cuz he had his gull bladder taken out a fue hrs ago but congrats... Is there a cheep way i can make something for him?
Being careful with what you eat might be a good idea if you're feeling sick or have stomach aches. Luckily, there are still plenty of things listed you can do to entertain yourself :-) Feel better soon!
When I am I'll myum doesn't let me eat so some wouldn't work 😢🍕
Hi Darci, thank you for your message. Unfortunately the guide is not available yet as a hardcover and a paperback. If that changes in the near future, I will let you know. Warm regards, Jennifer
I would like to buy this book in hard cover or paperback instead of e-book for a friend
Super useful habits Nat! I also need to mentally unwind before bedtime or I'll be laying awake all night with thoughts racing through my mind.
A few things that help me ( I suffer from insomnia) is by not taking my phone to bed with me, i finish checking emails, social media etc in the living room and go to bed to switch off. Something else I do is turn on my essential oils diffuser an hour before bed so the room is scent with a relaxing mist of essential oils such as lavender, or vetiver which is like a sedative and incredible for helping me unwind. Another thing that work well when i can't switch my brain off is to write a quick list of everything i think i need to be dealing with now and highlighting only the ones that need to be taken care of the next day. Helps me not to feel so overwhelmed and in turn helps me fall asleep easier.
I'm touched by your kind words Darla, thank you. It's perfectly normal that you're resentful and feel sorry for yourself. You've had a lot to deal with. Not just experiencing horrible symptoms on a daily basis, but also having to adjust the plans you had for your future and your sense of identity. To me, positivity in the face of adversity is not about having an irrealistic rose-colored view of life. But I do believe that trying to find the good in little things each day can help make the bad ones more bearable. It's a challenge, but your insightful comment tells me that you're up for it ;-) Let me know if there's anything I can do to help. Good luck, be gentle with yourself and take care Darla!
Dr.Jen the Zen one, first off you rock! Since being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 4 years ago and 2 years ago double pneumonia that left me with heart failure with 28% left undamaged it has seriously limited my mobility energy patience and unfortunately my positive attitude. 52 years on this planet, I lived a happy-go-lucky , look on the bright side, things will be better tomorrow, or crack a silly joke and get over it type of life. Now for the first time in my life I find myself having to work at being positive. Anger and resentment and even the dreaded " poor little me" mindset is trying to set up permanent residence. And tonight I find your blog and it gives me hope I just want to say "Thank you" Darla