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Good for Your Bones and So Much More
Lately, there has been a great deal of conversation about bone broth. This ‘magic’ elixir has been credited with everything from decreasing the appearance of wrinkles, lubricating our joints, to healing the lining of our guts. Clearly there appears to be multiple benefits to drinking bone broth on a regular basis. So, what exactly are we getting when we drink bone broth? First you have to consider what goes into making bone broth in order to understand where the good stuff comes from. Bone broth is literally made from ‘bones’, along with vegetables, water and salt. So, if bone broth is made from bones then naturally we should not be surprised to learn that bone broth contains calcium, phosphorus and magnesium, all components of bones. Along with those great things, bone broth is also rich in collagen, amino acids, glucosamine, chondroitin and glutathione. This profile of nutrients, vitamins and minerals provides a pretty compelling argument as to why we should consider adding bone broth to our diets.
But, it sounds like work to make right? Wrong!! After doing some research I came across numerous recipes for making bone broth in the crockpot!!! I was so excited! No slaving over the stove for hours to cook this wonderful liquid. How did I do it? I saved up a bunch of bones in the freezer from chicken that I had previously cooked, but I didn’t think I had enough for my crockpot, so I roasted off some organic chicken necks and backs in the oven and threw all of the bones (freezer ones too!) into the crockpot with a few veggies and some filtered water and salt – pretty easy so far right?! I turned the pot on low and let it cook overnight. By some wonderful culinary miracle it was ready the next morning and all I had left to do was strain it, cool it and package it up for the freezer!!! Unbelievably easy!!! I really was impressed by how little time and effort it took to create something that is so healthy and good. I would like to add, that in keeping with making healthful decisions concerning food, I recommend using organic ingredients if you are able, that way we are avoiding pesticides and additives that we are trying to keep out of our bodies. So, it’s time to dust off that crockpot and put it to work making some bone broth, you’re going to love it!
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