I don’t usually make New Year’s Resolutions. I do however take the start of a new year as an opportunity to examine our family’s lifestyle and some things I’d like to incorporate throughout the upcoming year. While I partner with others in their journey to better health, I’m always encouraging them to choose 1-2 things they can commit to, to make small changes in their health. I do the same for my family and myself! At the start of 2016, I chose some nutrition changes I’d like to make in our family. One was being more intentional about the colors of foods we were eating at each meal (i.e. fruit and veggie varieties), to ensure a balanced nutritional content and benefit. Another was to start making bone broth and increasing our consumption of this super food.
While I haven’t done either as well as I had intended, I did make our first batch of bone broth in March…and I’m finally writing a blog to share our experience and recipe. (I never said I put a time line on these New Year nutritional changes or in sharing them with others!) I have to say, YUM! It was delicious! I noticed the flavor was richer than the chicken stock/broth I’ve purchased at the store. The kids loved it as well!
So, why did I want to start making bone broth? I mean, since I’m such a queen in the kitchen, why not, right? Not really! I often feel a bit inadequate when attempting new things. I believe in healthy eating, and we do eat healthy…but we also eat a lot of the same things, hence these two New Year changes. Many will even say how easy bone broth is to make, and while it actually was, I was a bit intimated, for some reason! But, I know the benefits of bone broth, and we use broth frequently, so it makes sense to make it from scratch!
I’ve had several people ask some of the benefits of bone broth. While I’m no expert, there are a lot of studies and experts who provide so much knowledge on this topic! Some that I’m most intrigued with are the benefits of bone broth for infections like colds and flu, digestion, allergies, inflammation and pain, relaxation, bone repair and growth, healthy skin, healthy hair & nails…the list goes on and on.
For me, it was relaxing to spend some time in the kitchen, the aroma of the bone broth for 12 hours was enticing, and the benefits were rewarding. My middle son loved helping me as well, which is encouraging to both him and I!
I saved the frames of our whole chickens (free-range) when we fixed them. Once I had enough (2-3 pounds of bones) I was ready to make our first batch of broth! I purchased some organic carrots, organic celery, organic onion, organic parsley, and organic garlic. I also gathered apple cider vinegar, filtered water with my Shaklee Water Pitcher, and my stainless steel stockpot.
- 2-3 lbs of bones (we chose free-range chicken bones)
- 1 onion
- 4 carrots
- 4 celery stalks
- 1 bunch of parsley
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 2-3 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
Instructions (Details found here. I followed a version of what Wellness Mama shared. My version is simplified and basic, check her details out!)
- I placed the chicken bones into my large stockpot, and added my filtered water. I then added the apple cider vinegar. I let these 3 ingredients sit in the cool water, while I prepared the veggies.
- I washed and chopped the veggies. (will add parsley and garlic later, so set aside)
- Add the veggies to the pot and begin to boil.
- After combination has begun to boil, reduce to a simmer for the remaining time. I let mine simmer for 10-12 hours. (Some time I will try a crock-pot version!)
We used our first batch up pretty quickly. The boys and I all sipped on a cup of warm broth and it was so soothing. We weren’t even sick! I kept some fresh in the refrigerator for the next couple of days, and froze the rest. I was so glad to have this homemade chicken bone broth for upcoming meals! It not only tastes amazing, but I know I’m providing whole body health for my family. Plus, I enjoy making it!
Small steps lead to big results! What are you doing TODAY to change your TOMORROW?