Bone Broth Does the Body Good
Bone broth has come back to the forefront of nutritional news lately with all its health benefits. I make it on and off, but I recently got motivated to start making it again. Being 14 weeks pregnant, I have noticed some aches in my legs and feet, especially when running. I have a standing desk this time, but I have also noticed that I needed to start using my compression socks earlier in pregnancy while running because of the soreness. I have also noticed just more inflammation per say this time when I eat certain foods or stress.
Maybe I am just more aware of my body this time, I don’t know. I am probably just more sensitive to small shifts in how I feel and my health. Overall, I have felt way better this pregnancy physically, so I can’t really complain. Brendon has also had some joint pain because we are both training for a half marathon in September.
Plus, looking ahead, I am due in January. That is PRIME sickness season in our house. Without fail, Brynn seems to get a major cold in early to mid-January, and I really don’t want to deal with that for several reasons. I don’t want anyone getting sick in general, but I don’t want it to spread to me or the baby. Plus, dealing with her (or any kid) while sick is super stressful, and I want to try and reduce my stress as much as possible during that time. I don’t want any stress to delay my labor (any pregnant woman knows at that point you want that baby OUT!).
Benefits of Bone Broth
- Gut health
- Packed with zinc and other vitamins and minerals
My Predicament with Bone Broth
Previously, I have made batches of bone broth and not used the whole thing. To be honest, I don’t really enjoy drinking a cup of bone broth every day, and it is extremely filling. Plus, being on the go, sometimes it is hard to remember. So, sometimes half the batch gets wasted.
This time though, I have a plan. I am going to make batches to store and freeze it in small portions. Then, I can cook with it or drink it whenever I want. I figure as long as I am getting some into my families diet at regular intervals that is doing pretty well. Hopefully, by boosting our consumption even a little bit, it can help our bodies and immunity for the next 6 months (and beyond).
- 3 lb grass-fed bones
- 3 stalks celery
- 3 carrots
- 1 onion
- 2 TBSP raw apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp turmeric (optional)
- Roughly chop celery, carrots, and onion. Cover the bottom of the crock pot with them.
- Place bones in crock pot on top of vegetables.
- Fill the crock pot with water to cover the bones.
- Add apple cider vinegar and seasonings.
- Set crock pot on low for 24-48 hours.
- Place portions of cooled bone broth into pouch bags/breastmilk bags.
- Freeze flat.
- Remove from freeze and defrost as needed.
Ways to Add Bone Broth to Your Diet
- Mix in mashed potatoes
- Cook rice and cous cous with it
- Drink it
- Bone broth protein powders