This time of year is the perfect time to give your immune system a boost. Our bodies tend to become more susceptible to illness around fall and winter, as we try to adapt to the colder seasons. One of the things I love to do around this time of year to help prepare my body for the colder months and to help keep my immune system functioning well is to make bone broth.
The benefits of drinking bone broth regularly are endless, and I believe we are still discovering how magical this stuff actually is for us. Bone broth has been consumed for thousands of years by our ancestors. They honoured every part of the animal and utilized their parts to create this sacred medicine, otherwise known as bone broth!
I can remember being a small child and my mother always feeding me chicken soup when I was sick. There was always something so nourishing, so wholesome, so healing about consuming that delicious broth. I understand now that my mother had a very good reason for feeding me that broth anytime I got sick..
Benefits of Bone Broth
Some of the wonderful benefits of drinking bone broth on a regular basis include improving digestion, strengthening the gut, boosting immunity, and reducing inflammation. I have suggested it to many people dealing with gut issues, such as candida (yeast overgrowth), and it has helped tremendously (along with dietary changes, etc). One of the reasons why bone broth is so nutrient dense is because it is jam-packed full of essential and non-essential amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein. It also contains collagen, which helps in the formation of bones, joints, and promotes healthy skin, hair and nails.
Not to mention, it tastes absolutely delicious. You can make bone broth using any type of animal bones, including beef, chicken, lamb, fish, and more. It is also extremely easy to make and consists of most vegetables and spices that the average person should have on hand. It is really important to allow your bones to simmer for at least 24-36 hours, if possible. The reason for this is that the longer the bones simmer, the more nutrients drawn out of the bones. Trust me, it is worth the wait. Also, your home will smell of wonderful spices and broth for a few days, and who doesn’t mind that?!
The broth I’ve made for this recipe is a beef bone broth using marrow bones, oxtail, short rib and knuckle bones. It is a rich, bold and flavourful broth! The bones and the vegetables are roasted first to get them slightly brown and caramelized. This helps to add more flavour to the broth. I highly suggest roasting your bones and veggies first if you want a tasty and savoury broth! I also suggest using organic vegetables, and grass-fed bones, if possible, as these ingredients will have the highest nutrient content. Additionally, I’ve added in a bit of medicinal mushrooms to kick this up a notch and add an extra immune boost! This is definitely one of my most favourite broth recipes, and I hope you will enjoy it as much as I have. I intend on having this daily throughout the colder months, and making more as needed!
More Healing Meal Ideas
Healing Beef Bone Broth
- 4 lb of grass-fed beef bones, marrow bones, oxtail, short ribs, knuckle bones
- 2 carrots unpeeled, chopped
- 2 celery sticks, chopped
- 2 onions unpeeled, cut in quarters
- 1 medium leek end cut off, chopped
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp medicinal mushrooms
- 2 tbsp bulletproof collagen powder
- 2 tbsp rainbow peppercorns
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 12 cups filtered water
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place diced vegetables and beef bones on sheet.
- Add the tbsp of garlic powder to the veggies and beef bones.
- Roast in oven for 25 minutes until browned.
- Place 12 cups of filtered water into a large tall stockpot.
- Add in bay leaves, rainbow peppercorns, and apple cider vinegar.
- Next, take the roasted veggies and beef bones from oven and place in stockpot.
- Cover pot and bring to a gentle boil.
- Let simmer on low heat for up to 24 hours.