As the days get colder and the germs get more abundant, it’s a good time to whip up a batch of bone broth.
Bone broth has received a lot of attention in recent years for its elixir-like properties. Here are just a few of the touted benefits of bone broth consumption:
• Builds up your immune system – hence why chicken soup has long been recognized as key to fighting a cold
• Good for your bones – glucosamine, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium….all present in bone broth and all critical for building bones and healthy joints
• Supports digestion – glutamine is an important amino acid that helps strengthen the digestive lining, improving absorption of nutrients and reducing food sensitivities
• A younger you – the collagen in bone broth is credited with improving the state of one’s nails, hair and skin
And it’s delish to boot!
Thanks to Stevie from Holistically Radiant for sharing her easy and nutrient-packed bone broth recipe.
Chicken Bone Broth
1 whole organically raised chicken
3 stalks of organic celery
3 organic carrots
1 organic onion (peel and all, cut in half)
2 sheets of sea weed (ex. kombu, dulse, or nori)
1 bunch of parsley
1 tbs. Apple Cider Vinegar
16 cups of water (or enough to cover contents)
Place all ingredients in a large pot. Ensure that vegetables are kept whole as many of the nutrients are found in the skin. Cover, and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to a simmer and let simmer for 2 hours. Take the chicken out and pull off the meat for nice pulled chicken. Return the skin and bones back to the pot, continue simmering for another 16-22 hours. Add water if needed throughout this time. Strain and enjoy. Use this broth to drink as is, bases for delicious soups, or cooking liquid for your whole grains like quinoa.
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 18-24 hours