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Bone Broth Benefits: How to Incorporate Into Your Holiday Season Recipes

There are a great deal of bone broths now out on the market. Whether they are sold in your local grocery store or ordered from a broth delivery service, there is no doubt that these broths hold a vast nutritional benefit. Knowing how to choose the most nutritious broth however can be confusing. Many consumers often get tricked into buying more “stocks” vs. broths; stocks tend to have much lower mineral/protein content. Here are a few tips to help you choose the highest quality product.

Ideally broths should typically simmer for a very long period of time (often in excess of 24 hours), with the purpose not only to produce gelatin from collagen-rich joints but also to release minerals from bones. Choosing a high quality bone that is from a sustainable organic farm is also essential, as the intent is avoiding needless antibiotics or hormones in your broth. When purchasing a premade broth look for these details on the label.

Why bone broth is good for you

  • Anti Inflammatory

  • Boosts Immunity

  • Gelatin and collagen from bones help repair damaged muscle tissue as well as coat bone joints= decreased pain/improved movement

  • Helps aid in digestion and absorption of nutrients

  • Promotes supple/strengthened skin/nails/hair

How to Use Bone Broth

  • Drink it plain with a little salt, ground pepper and crushed garlic or seasoning of choice. Add turmeric, ginger and lemon for added anti-inflammatory/immunity boost.

  • Braise & Roast Meats with broth to promote more moist/higher protein preparations

  • Soups & Stews can use broth as a base

  • Braising Vegetables

  • Cook/boil with rice or lentils or grain of choice

How to Store Bone Broth

Bone broth can be stored in the refrigerator for no more than a week. You can also freeze it in ice cube trays, and transfer the frozen cubes of broth to a re-sealable freezer bag where they will keep for 6 months.

If you haven’t yet tried bone broth, I highly recommend it! have quite a few quality broths available for purchase on their site. Check it out!

- Megan Sewards MS, RD

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