For those trying to look for a delicious bone broth recipe, look no further! We're crazy about our friend (and mastermind behind wholicious.ca), Tina Hopkins' delicious bone broth recipe. Below, Tina explains why bone broths are the bees knees when it comes to getting that sweet facial glow, beautiful shiny hair and strong nails. I asked Tina to share her recipe with us because her recipe is damn good and she also has a wealth of knowledge on everything food, as she studied Holistic Nutrition and Holistic Cooking. Her approach and philosophy on food are well thought out, thoroughly researched, non-judgemental...and most importantly, she is uber passionate. Her curiosity and love of healthy eating always inspire us, and I know she will inspire you too.
So, what are the benefits?
Tina: First, bone broth can help your adrenals. It seems our world today has forgotten how easy we can help heal and improve our health by making foods from scratch; traditional, sacred foods that have been so long understood by their healing properties.
Second: Youth and beauty come from the glycosaminoglycans (GAGS) in bone broths. These are a series of proteins from the joint tissue. Collagen.
Basically, bone broth 'supports' adrenal fatigue - I’ve read scientists think that rich bone broths help mend holes in the kidneys (which don’t help the kidneys function well). Since the adrenals sit on top of the Kidneys, they are definitely targeted beneficiary with bone broth. As your whole body is....but the nutritional matrix in bone broth and the benefits it has on the gut, skin, joints and digestion also help with the role of the kidneys and adrenals...lessening the hard work and mending the kidneys. etc.
Ale: So, GAGS will help increase collagen- therefore give you strong long nails, and help keep hair shiny/healthy? Question regarding skin: since I'm obsessed with skin, would this broth be a good thing to add to our weekly food menu?
Tina: GAGS will help increase collagen, which will give you stronger nails, more lustrous, strong hair. Having your hair stronger will result in your hair not breaking as easily, thus giving you fuller and longer hair. The main constituent of your skin is collagen, so lets lay down the needles and drink more of this collagen-rich, easy to digest, delicious soup for fight our ever aging skin.
Ale: I hear you on that! I’m glad you brought up the Adrenal glands/adrenal fatigue. My naturopath once said I had Adrenal Fatigue. What does that actually do to your health and your skin, when it's not firing on all cylinders? Also, I’ve noticed some people simmer the broth for a few hours and then serve. Why is it so important for it to simmer for 12-24 hours before serving, as opposed to only a few hours?
Tina: Adrenals are something you don't want to mess with. We are the generation of no adrenals. Too much on the go every day of our life, including Sundays, our "adrenal recovery day'. We then use excessive amounts of caffeine to keep our adrenals up, up and up. Doing this too often will burn you right out and can even leave you with an autoimmune disorder, Addison's disease. Healing your gut, balancing your hormones and calming your soul can be helped with a warm cup of broth in the mornings.
As for cook time: It is important to let your broth simmer with apple cider vinegar so the heat can pull out all the bones excessive minerals - calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, potassium, sulfate, and fluoride - ALL in a form your body understands and can use and absorb right away. Bone broth also reduces cellulite by making the connective tissue smoother.
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Rich Bone Broth (Beauty Broth) Recipe
This warm, rich, nutrient dense broth to chase away any cold or to simply enjoy daily for optimal health and beauty.
- 1 large stainless steel pot of filtered water (mine is a 10qt) or at least a 6qt crock pot
- 1-2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar (depending on your pot size, I use 2 tbsp. for my large pot)
- 1 pastured, traditionally raised chicken carcass
- 2 pastured, traditionally raised cow marrow bones (get a local butcher)
- 1 large red onion
- 4 organic washed carrots
- 4 organic washed stalks celery
- 1 bulb garlic peeled
- 1 piece ginger
- 1 bunch of parsley, added at the last hour
- Fill your pot up with filtered water (leaving 4 inches from the top)
- Set your stove to 'boil'
- Put in your apple cider vinegar
- Place in your bones and wait for the pot of water to boil
- Once at a rolling boil, you will need to take a small slotted spoon and scoop off out the 'scum' (this is optional, though it may look quite unappetising, it isn't a necessary step)
- Turn your stove down to med/low - simmer
- Add in all your vegetable but the parsley
- Keep a lid on your pot and let it simmer for 12-24hrs. You may have to turn it down to low as I do on my stove. (I have a new electric stove and it gets MUCH hotter than my previous gas stove - which I dearly miss).
- Don't forget to check it overnight, keeping it on the lowest simmering setting possible, or like me you may lose all the broth and end up with burnt chicken bones and veggies at the bottom in the morning and a house that smells of an over did Thanksgiving turkey. This was my experience adjusting to my new stove. I now keep mine at about a 1.5
You can use different vegetables like potatoes (great for post partum mommies), zucchini, beets, squash, leeks or tomato. You can also add in greens like kale, chard, spinach, dandelion or cilantro when there is about 1-2hrs of simmering left.
Enjoy this mineral and nutrient dense liquid in a mug with some of your favourite spices, sea salt and garlic.