Hello! I hope you are healthy and well.
Over the last few weeks I have been receiving many emails from clients and community members asking what they can do to support their health at this time.
I know for many, stress is at an all-time high and when this happens, digestive issues tend to follow suit.
Although I believe in a tailored approach for health, there are of course a few things that have been shown to be of benefit for many people, regardless of health status.
One of my favorite food-solutions for supporting overall health and vitality is bone broth. Consuming high-quality bone broth has been shown to benefit digestive health, reduce inflammation, improve sleep quality and is a easy to digest food that is a complete protein and full of important vitamins and minerals.
Now we have to remember, when we are in a state of stress – whether that is a mental stress or a physical stress, our ability to digest and assimilate the nutrients from our food goes down substantially.
This is why when we are stressed, it is best to look for easy to digest foods like soups, stews, and of course bone broth.
My top 3 reasons that I LOVE bone broth:
- It is an easily digested complete protein
- It is a source of collagen – great for our hair, skin, nails, joint and bone health
- It assists in keeping our gut lining strong, which contributes to healthy digestion
Now remember, our brain talks to our gut and our gut talks to our brain. If you can work on improving your gut health by reducing inflammation and providing it the nutrients needed to assist in repair, then you will see a benefit in your mood, energy, and sleep patterns
EASY SLOW COOKER BONE BROTH RECIPE:
- vegetable scraps (onion peels, garlic peels, carrot tops, brocolli stems, etc)
- 1 lb bones from chicken or beef The more bones, the better. You can use the scraps from a whole roasted chicken or rotisserie chicken, or raw bones
- 2 cups celery stalks halved – optional
- 1 cup carrots halved – optional
- 1 cup onion quartered – optional
- sprigs fresh thyme + rosemary optional
- salt/pepper to taste
- 8 cups water (approximately, fill to the top of your slowcooker)
Add all ingredients to a slowcooker, cover with filtered water and cook on low for at least 12 hours (16-18 is best). You may need to adjust the amount of water depending on the size of your slowcooker. You can fill to the top of the pot!
Allow broth to cool slightly, and run through a strainer into a large pot or container. (This will just be easier to do if it is not scalding hot).
- Storage: Store in airtight containers for up to 4 days, or put in the freezer until ready to use!
I will sip on this first thing in the morning as a nourishing way to support my digestive system.
Bone broth is a great base for soups, stews, and adding flavour to your favorite starches like rice or quinoa.
I hope that you try it out!
Yours in health,