What is this bone broth craze all about?

You can now buy ready-made bone broth to go from some health-minded food stores and butcher shops. We are not talking bouillon cubes, liquid meat extracts and artificial broth powders that line your average grocery store shelf.  

Studies show that bone broth helps boost the immune system and heal disorders like allergies, asthma, and arthritis. The high levels of proteins (like collagen) and amino acids present in bones and bone marrow are the healing attributes. 

A well-prepared bone broth is cooked for at least eight hours or overnight and thus contains nutrients like glutamine, glycine, glucosamine, collagen, calcium that have soaked into the stock. The result is a super-healthy, gut-healing drink unlike any other. 

Research has shown bone broth can strengthen and improve:

Liver detoxification
Joints & cartilage
Bones and teeth
Hair, skin & nails

Besides the incredible flavour and depth that bone broth gives our soups, stews and sauces, I have now embraced it as a healing, and delicious drink on its own during my day. 

It has become routine for me to drink a nice flavourful cup of bone broth between breakfast and lunch and sometimes mid-afternoon when I need a bit of a boost. 

Bone broth is made without salt, so it is low in flavour if you drink it straight. Since everything is about taste with me,  I like to jazz up my bone broth.  I Have developed a few different ways to enhance the flavour.  I now look forward to these delicious hot drinks on a daily basis. 

Here are some flavour solutions: 

Add high-quality sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper to each cup of broth to add trace minerals and flavour. 

If that doesn't make the grade, add a splash of freshly squeezed lemon juice to brighten it up. 

Or, if you are on the Keto diet, add a teaspoon or so of either organic, grass-fed ghee, grass-fed butter or coconut oil to add some healthy fat and make the broth a bit more filling.

For something completely different, add freshly grated ginger, lime, sriracha and some finely chopped green onions

Add 1/4 cup coconut milk, juice of 1/2 lime and fresh cilantro for a creamy, Thai drink

Carefully blend broth with 1 cup fresh kale or chard until smooth. Finish green broth with the juice of half a lemon and season with salt and pepper if needed. 

Blend with semi-dried tomatoes and pickled artichokes and strain. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 

Add 1/4 teaspoon turmeric, 1 minced clove garlic, 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger, pinch cayenne, juice of 1/2 lemon