This bone broth recipe for a slow cooker or crockpot is an easy way to get the healing properties and nutrition of bone broth without much hassle. I love bone broth and credit it for helping me heal from my leaky gut.
Why Bone Broth?
Traditional bone broth is one of the most healing and nutrient dense substances that we can add to our daily lives, as well as for treating specific illnesses. It can help restore health and work towards healing of autoimmune issues. For centuries it has been a healing food in cultures around the world.
But what makes a broth from bones so special? Well, the complete nutrient profile of bone broth varies on the type of bones used, as well as how and what it is cooked with. However, it is undeniably rich in minerals that are found in bones and marrow, including calcium, magnesium, iron, silicon, phosphorus, sulphur and other trace minerals. Bone broth also contains easily digestible proteins such as gelatin, and other unique substances that are difficult to obtain in other foods, such as marrow, cartilage, glycerin, proline, and collagen.
Thankfully bone broth is simple to make, in fact, it’s probably the most nutritious concoction that requires the littlest amount of work. If you have access to a slow cooker you can easily get this started.
Bone Broth Vs. Stock
Bone broth is not the same as stock. You only generally cook stock for a short time to get the flavor. Bone broth is more about the healing properties (but still tastes great too!)
Bone Broth Recipe Ingredients:
• 4 quarts of cold filtered water (I just ALMOST fill mine after adding all the bones and vegetables)
• 2 Tbsp to ½ cup of apple cider vinegar (to help get the most out of the bones so it is important not to skip!)These additions are optional, but will really improve flavor:
• 1 onion,
• a carrot or two,
• 2-3 celery stalks,
• garlic, salt and pepper if desired.
How to Use Bone Broth
Now that you’ve made your own healthy elixir you can drink a small cup daily for an immunity boost or to heal from leaky gut. You can also use it as a base or soups or to enhance the flavor of your cooking. Because it is one of the easiest foods to digest, it takes little energy from the body and is incredibly nourishing to the digestive tract and helps to treat many chronic illnesses. The high gelatin content is considered one of the most healing foods for your health.
Another use of bone broth is as a blood builder. Bone marrow is where the body creates blood cells, and the process of cooking down bone marrow supplies everything you need to build those new red and white blood cells. Gelatin in particular helps to regenerate red blood cells and is often used to treat anemia. Bet you didn’t know gelatin could be so useful!
This is really only scratching the surface of the benefits of this immensely nourishing and versatile broth. Because this broth can help with common issues such as stress, immunity and fatigue, it makes a great staple to have on hand!
Easy Paleo Tip:
Sometimes we all have that night when we have no time to cook. When that happens, we sometimes grab a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store and eat it with some apples or vegetables for dinner. (It is not the perfect healing food…but sometime good enough is good enough!!!!) Then we throw he bones in the crockpot, vinegar, vegetables and spices and start the broth. This not only gives us a quick and easy dinner, but also starts the base for a future meal or healing drink. 🙂