By now you have probably heard of bone broth. Celebrities swear by it, it’s popping up in grocery stores, heck, they are even making bone broth protein powder. What you also may have noticed is that it usually comes with a high price tag (like $7 for a small bottle). You probably wondered, is that stuff really worth $7 a bottle, especially since its recommended you drink it frequently throughout the week. The answer to that is, yes! Bone broth has a ton of health and beauty benefits, including:
- Helps heal and seal the gut (which can cure acne related to gut issues)
- Boosts Immune system
- Gives you glowing, youthful skin
- Supports the body’s detox systems
- Helps with sleep (when drank at night)
- Strengthens nails and promotes growth
- Helps strengthen hair and helps it grow
**There are some claims it helps with cellulite due to collagen helping to repair and restore connective tissue.
So hopefully you are now convinced that bone broth should be incorporated into your diet (I’m on board for the beauty benefits alone-who couldn’t use help with their hair growth?!). However, are you still not willing to shell out the extra money for store bought versions? I have great news, if you have a crock-pot or a large pot, you can make your own! It may take a few days, but its totally worth the wait! Give it a try and let me know how you like it:
Bone Broth Recipe
- Beef or Chicken bones (3-4 pounds)
- 1/3 Cup Apple Cider vinegar
- Any seasoning or veggies that you like
- Place bones in a pot or a crock-pot, adding the apple cider vinegar and water to cover the bones. Let the mixture sit for 1 hour so the vinegar can leach the minerals out of the bones.
- After 1 hour, add additional water if needed to fill the pot
- Turn heat on high and bring to a boil, skimming the scum from the top and discarding.
- Add any veggies and or seasoning
- Reduce to a low simmer, cover, and cook for 48-72 hours-you can play around with the amount of time, different bones need different times.
- Once done, let the broth cool and make sure all marrow is knocked out into the broth.
- Strain the broth and it’s ready to drink
- Broth can be kept in the fridge for up to a week, or in the freezer for a couple of months
*The more gelatin-y the bone broth is when cooled, the more collagen it has (which means the better it is for you skin and hair :))
Now if you are all about convenience and want to just go with store bought, make sure it has around 10 grams of protein per serving. There are a lot of products that say “bone broth” on them, but they do not contain the good stuff that is needed to get all the beauty benefits. And we don’t have time for that!