One super easy way to make your soup extra nourishing is to make it with bone broth. Bone broth may not sound very appealing, but it can actually taste really yummy, and better still, it is great for your body – in particular, your gut!
Bone broth is very nutrient dense – containing numerous minerals and amino acids, necessary for good health. As well as being good for digestion and gut health, bone broth is also said to be beneficial for the health of our skin, muscles, eyes, bones, joints and immune function…hence many old tales telling us to eat chicken soup to cure a cold!
Bone broth is really easy and cheap to make. Here’s how I make mine, using a slow cooker.
Beef Bone Broth
Place about 1kg beef marrow bones in the slow cooker. (Cannings Butchers sell some really good quality, cheap marrow bones – get them to cut them up for you if they’re not already, otherwise you won’t fit the bones in the pot!)
Fill the slow cooker with water, then add a splash of apple cider vinegar (this is essential to draw the minerals out of the bones)
Leave the slow cooker on low for about 24 hours and VOILA! – you’ve got yourself some bone broth!
* You can also add some vegetables and herbs to the slow cooker if you like – I tend to just season mine with salt & pepper when I am about to eat it.
Just remove the bones and strain the broth before you fill your jars or containers. Store in the fridge or the freezer for future use. When cold, the broth may have a jelly-like consistency, this is due to the gelatin, from the bones, in the broth (which is really good for the gut).
Bone broth isn’t just for soups. You can use it in any recipe that calls for stock to be added or just drink it on its own!
Enjoy! You can thank me later.