[I made this Gut Healthy Bone Broth for Earth Fare!]
Do you love your gut?
That word. GUT. It’s picked up a negative connotation, no?
GUT kind of makes you think of “beer gut,” or “bubble gut.” It makes you think of something you want to avoid–or get rid of. It doesn’t always make you think of something you need to nourish, love, and pay more attention to.
But our gut is the center of health for our entire body. It houses the trillions of microorganisms that we DEPEND on to keep us healthy and functioning in tip-top shape.
There are lots of things we can do to damage our precious guts:
- Eating too much sugar
- Taking too many antibiotics
- “Swallowing” stress (and keeping it deep inside)
But luckily, there are also lots of things we can do to heal, seal, and nourish a damaged gut (or keep a healthy one strong and resilient):
- Including plenty of probiotic rich foods (like yogurt, sauerkraut, kombucha…)
- Eating lots of fiber-rich plant foods (to feed that healthy bacteria!)
- And drinking Gut Healthy Bone Broth!
You guys. I’m about to get real here.
I’m a lover of beautiful foods and I’m a highly aesthetic person. That being said, I’m about to show you a picture of the bag of bones I keep stashed in my freezer at all times.
There it is. And you know what? That bag of bones is a beautiful thing, for a couple of reasons:
- It symbolizes how I feel about consuming animals. I believe if an animal gives its body to help build mine, I should be respecting every. last. piece of it. Right down to the bones.
- That pile of bones is full of nutrition. When made into a broth, that nutrition is delivered to us in a highly-accessible way. Our guts have to do very little work to absorb the minerals, amino acids, and gelatin in bone broth.
So what does bone broth do for you? Here are just a few of the benefits:
- Treat leaky gut syndrome
- Overcome food intolerances and allergies
- Improve joint health
- Reduce cellulite
- Boost immune system
Plus, it’s tasty AF. I mean, have you ever had homemade chicken soup??
I’ve included a recipe for the bone broth, but really this is a no-recipe kind of situation.
I collect any and every bone that comes through my kitchen, and store them in that pictured plastic bag until I get enough to fill a crock pot (or soup pot, or instant pot).
A pot, ok? It’s one of the few things you’ll need to make this bone broth happen.
Then it’s just a matter of throwing the bones into your pot of choice, filling with water (I use filtered water) and maybe adding some flavor enhancers. Like onions, celery, herbs, carrots, etc. (I also keep peels and scraps from veggies in another bag in the freezer for this very reason)
Bones and veggies get boiled away. You strain. And you’re done.
Drink a mug straight up, or use it as the base for your favorite soup. Just do it.
Your gut will thank you!
- Bones from Organic/Antibiotic Free meat
- 2-3 carrots, roughly chopped
- 2-3 stalks celery, roughly chopped
- 1 onion, roughly chopped
- Fresh or dried herbs (thyme, bay leaves, parsley, etc)
- Generous pinch of salt and peppercorns
- 1-2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar (optional)
- Add bones, carrots, celery, onion, herbs, salt and peppercorns to your crockpot or instant pot. Fill to cover with filtered water. Optional: add vinegar and allow to soak for 20 minutes before before turning on the heat.
- Turn crockpot to high and cook for 12-24 hours or cook on high pressure in an Instant Pot for 2-3 hours.
- Strain broth and discard bones and veggies. Refrigerate broth and use within 7 days, or freeze.
- Add bones, carrots, celery, onion, herbs, salt and peppercorns to a large stockpot. Fill to cover with filtered water. Optional: add vinegar and allow to soak for 20 minutes before turning on the heat.
- Bring to a boil, and then reduce to a low simmer and cover. Cook for as long as you can while keeping an eye on the stove (several hours).
Allowing the bones to soak with a little vinegar before cooking helps to leach the minerals out of the bones, but it’s a step that I honestly skip a lot for the sake of time.
Don't let me do all the talking! Let me know what you think in the comments.