Broth soup in a cooking pot with ladle on dark stone background. Top view

If you’d mentioned drinking bone broth a couple years ago, I would have wrinkled my nose at you, and most other people would have too.
Nowadays, everybody seems to be drinking it. Fitfluencers on Instagram swear by it, celebs have it for breakfast, and there are recipes in every health and fitness magazine available.
So what’s the deal? What is it and what makes it so great?

Bone broth is what you get when you boil and slow simmer chicken or meat bones with herbs, vegetables and spices. It’s the kind of stock you might use as a base for a sauce, but it’s actually good enough to drink on it’s own.

Here’s what’s in it:
Type 2 collagen – improves the skin, repairs the cartilage, eases joint pain, strengthens the gut lining, boosts immunity, and should make your sleep better
Gelatin – good for gut health and digestion, keeps you full for longer, strengthens your bones, improves your cognitive ability, protects your joints, and reduces joint pain.

That’s not bad for a few bones and vegetables!

Drink or eat
Although it is a broth (i.e. a liquid), drinking bone broth straight isn’t the only way to have it. You can cook grains in it, use it as the base for sauce or a soup, turn it into a gravy, poach eggs in it, or add some of it to a homemade bowl of mashed potatoes.

Ready to try it? Here’s a Keto recipe from the bulletproof blog:

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons grass-fed butter or ghee
3 medium carrots, peeled and cut into rough chunks
3 stalks celery, peeled and cut into rough chunks
2 1/2 pounds assorted beef marrow bones
1 fresh bouquet garni (your choice of fresh oregano, rosemary, thyme, sage, etc.)
1 to 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 cup collagen protein per liter of broth (optional)
Himalayan pink salt to taste

Instructions:

  • In a large stockpot, lightly saute the carrots and celery for a few minutes until translucent.
  • Add the beef bones and bouquet garni and cover with water. Add the apple cider vinegar to the water, as it helps draw out the nutrients from the bones.
  • Simmer on a low heat (do not boil) for anywhere between 8 and 14 hours. You can do this in your slow cooker if you prefer.
  • After your broth has reached the desired color and flavor, remove the bones and strain the vegetables out.
  • Add the appropriate amount of collagen (if using) for the amount of broth and stir until dissolved.

Optional: Add salt to taste at this point and then store in mason jars for future use.

For more Keto-friendly recipes, check out the Keto plans in the Lifesum app!

Femi A-Williams is a health and fitness convert trying to reconcile a healthy lifestyle and a happy food life. She is 80% whole grain and 20% donut.

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