In case you missed the memo, our very first Paleo meal plan was released last weekend on That Clean Life! We’re working through the meal plan as a community starting Monday March 23. We provide you with the meal plan, grocery list and recipes and it is up to you to follow along, eat clean and feel awesome. We are super excited!
One of our most favourite recipes on the plan is our Crock Pot Rotisserie Chicken. This dish is dynamite. We’re serving it up with some roasted brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes. Mmm, mmm, mmm.
In the midst of perfecting this recipe I started reading a lot about the benefits of bone broth. I remembered reading this article back in January about a take out window in New York City offering different flavours of bone broth as a healthier alternative to that sugar-filled latte.
This winter, if you see a vibrant woman full of energy, with glowing skin, strolling through the East Village sipping a steaming, hot beverage, it may not be coffee. It could be grass-fed beef broth, made with bones and infused with ginger.
As the old saying goes, "waste not, want not". So, after carefully carving our Crock Pot Rotisserie Chicken, we threw all the bones back into the crockpot with some vegetables and spices, let it simmer overnight and in the morning we had a delicious batch of bone broth. So easy! Like, you’d be silly not to.
So why is bone broth so darn good for you? Let us count the ways.
1. It helps heal your gut
Our intestinal linings often take a severe beating thanks to heavily processed foods. Bone broth contains gelatin, which helps heal the mucosal lining in our digestive tracts. (NOTE: Healing your gut often helps alleviate food allergies and intolerances, since undigested food particles are no longer seeping out of your gut and triggering an immune response.) We are big believers that a healthy gut is the key to good health.
2. It strengthens your immune system.
Ever wonder why we always opt for chicken soup when we’re sick? The amino acid cysteine, which is found in chicken is said to help expel mucous. In general, bone broth is thought to strengthen our immune system by providing us with nutrients (such as the aforementioned gelatin) that strengthen our immune system. It is even thought to decrease white blood cells that may be elevated from infection.
3. It reduces and fights off inflammation.
We could all use a little anti-inflammatory action in our bodies. Bone broth contains amino acids like glycine, proline and arginine which reduce inflammation. Collagen and gelatin found in bone broth support our joints, bones and also reduce inflammation.
4. It’s great for your skin, hair and nails.
Before you go buying that expensive collagen-containing skincare product, consider bone broth. Yup, it might just help you look younger! The mix of collagen and gelatin in bone broth are super good for your skin, hair and nails.
5. It’s delicious, easy to make and saves you money.
If you have the right recipe, bone broth is so delicious to sip on and is seriously the most nutrient-dense comfort foods ever. It is so easy to make when you have some leftover bones and saves you a ton of money (store-bought bone broth can cost you up to $18 for a litre). And since it provides so many great nutrients, you can save on supplements.