Healing Bone Broth

Before I scare you away with the term “Bone Broth”… read just a tiny bit more.

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Bone broth is a common term in the health, gut healing world. All it really means is Homemade Chicken/Beef/Seafood broth. Not the kind you buy in a can (ew…. but necessary if you can cook), or put a bouillon cube in some water (I’d rather buy a soup in the can)… the kind that sits in a pot(crock pot will change your life) for 12+++++ hours, the kind that actually HEALS you from the inside out.

Ever heard of Pho?? HelloooOOOO- Pho!!!!! (Gosh, I’m not as funny as I think :/  ) I might have cut out a few steps on making Pho- but the whole concept of it is the same– you have the meat, bones, veggies, & noodles — there you have it- chicken/beef/seafood soup that heals you.

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That’s why people have Chicken soup when they are sick. Did you ever wonder why that was the case? It’s because the bone marrow and collagen from the chickens seeps out of joints and bones during long-term cooking. It simmers for a longer period of time for this all to occur. You MUST put Apple Cider Vinegar in with the water + bones… it’s what draws out the goodness of the bones. You can add veggies, potatoes, whatever you would like to make it more of a Chicken Soup- go for it. I’m more of a plain broth when I’m sick- like right now… It really does HEAL YOU! It might take some time for you to get over the whole bone thing… it took me a few times… ok, fine it took me a year-ish. It sure does heal your gut and balance out your pH levels.

 

Benefits:

  • Improve digestion
  • Improve connective tissue
  • Increase hair growth/strength (collagen baby)
  • Boost immune system
  • High in calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus
  • High in amino acids

 

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So here’s my recipe for homemade bone broth (SUPER EASY!)

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Ingredients:

(depends on how big your pot or crock pot is- this is what I do though)

  • 4 lbs. of Grass-fed chicken/fish/beef/lamb(etc.) with the bone
  • Chicken feet ( I know this is extremely gross- I can’t even stomach this while I’m typing- it grosses me out to the extreme but apparently it’s the best for the soup but I will not do it for the life of me, sorry; I just can’t) I just doing chicken soup is enough. You could also do Vegetable soup but I don’t think its AS beneficial as the chicken marrow
  • 12 cups of water
  • 2 tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1-2 tbsp. Himalayan or Sea Salt
  • 4 cloves of garlic- chopped
  • Optional: chicken, seasoning, 1 onion, 1 carrot, 2 celery sticks, pepper,
  1. Put everything in a pot- simmer for 24-48 hours- I use a crockpot because you put it all in a pot then leave!!! 🙂 – I put it on low
  2. Allow to cool slightly and strain. Transfer the broth to an airtight container and refrigerate for 4-6 hours or overnight. This will allow the fat to rise to the top and solidify.
  3. Scrape the fat off the top with a spoon (if you want- however I want that collagen so I don’t because collagen is amazing for the skin and I’m not big on collagen in my smoothies- I can only take SO MUCH ha!) . If you don’t talk it off it will leave you with a gelatinous bone broth when cold if you leave it there on the top of the soup- do not be warned! It is good for you!!!!!.
  4.  Store in an airtight mason jar or glass container or freeze until ready to use. When ready to use, slowly warm the broth over a low heat to bring it back to a liquid consistency. No microwave- kills all that GOOD bacteria your just created!
  5. Enjoy!! Happy Healing!

 

Any questions- leave in the comments!!

 

Questions:

Has anyone ever been to a Chicken farm where they show you the humane was to kill them? Makes me cringe, however I want to know they are happy for a little bit of time?

 

Random question: Any farms in Denver, CO where I can pet goats and do yoga? I love goats, and I loveee yoga/pilates. 🙂

 

XOXO-

Meag

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Salt that actually HYDRATES you!

Hi there!

I LOVE SALT!!!! Yep, me… a health weirdo… LOVES SALT. I may or may not carry Trader Joes himalayan salt grinder in my purse… Mmhhmm. Don’t hate…!

Here I am, going through the differences of Himalayan Salt vs Regular Salt– I find this wealth of knowledge below!

Once upon a time (a couple of hundreds of millions of years ago) crystallized sea salt beds, now deep within the Himalayans, were covered by lava. Aside from it being kept in a flawless environment that has been surrounded by snow and ice year round, the lava is thought to have protected the salt from pollution leading to the belief that Himalayan Pink salt is the purest salt to be found on earth. It is now hand-mined from the mountains and brought to the culinary market.

Why Pink? 

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The many hues of pink, red and white are an indication of this salt’s rich and varying mineral and energy-rich iron content.  The pale pink color stemming from iron oxide deposits (rust) in the mountains as I mentioned in the paragraph above!! Many people believe it has many health benefits and is the purest salt on earth.

Wait a sec…. all these years and I’ve been told to cut back on Sodium because it’s bad for me?!?!?!

The reason salt is often perceived as unhealthy , is that it can bind water in the bloodstream and raise blood pressure which causes a plethora of other issues (i.e. heart attacks, strokes… etc.)

Just like anything in life- if consumed in excess it can be bad for you and cause health problems. And when I say this I am talking about “table salt” in every packaged food item and most dining out places.

There is a difference in these salts!! Yay! More salt for me! haha

I have a science-mind and always want to learn the background so I can perform my own analysis. So if that’s not you- skip ahead!

 

Wooden spoons with different salt

Table salt

  • Stripped of potassium during process (this is needed for natural Sodium and Potassium- so stripped of necessary minerals)
  • Sodium Chloride
  • Iodine is added
  • Many companies add anti-caking because salt
  • Color is added so easy to pour

Sea Salt

  • Natural evaporated seawater
  • Still has some naturally occurring minerals = 5%

Himalayan Salt

  • Naturally occurring salt. – has the potassium, sodium and magnesium already
  • Himalayan mountains of Pakistan
  • Used to exfoliate
  • Himalayan Salt lamp (companies claim it aids in improved sleep and decrease in stress– I haven’t felt either)
  • Detoxes you if you add to warm water and drink in the morning (i’ve been doing this for years and it actually works– does not work with regular table salt)

All in all- Researching all this has been confusing…  however, what I do know is table salt is no bueno and Sea and Himalayan salt actually hydrates your cells due to its greater concentration in trace minerals— so I’ll stick with those two. (NOT in excess my friends!). (By the way the himalayan salt at Trader Joe’s is $1.99 (cheaper than everywhere else).

Let me know if you have any questions in the comments! 🙂 Have a great hump day! 🙂

XOXO~ Meag

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*I am not a dietitian or scientist so please take this information with a grain of salt (no pun intended)

Healthified Banana Bread (GF,V)

Hiiiii!

I am reallyyyyyy good at keeping up with blogging 😉 … I need ideas!! What interests you? Food, Nutrition, Supplements, Workouts, Research, Life updates, Fashion, Dogs ?! lol… those are my interests haha!  Anyways– I made this healthy banana bread and had so many people on IG asking for the recipe so here it is!!

Healthified Banana Bread

  • Gluten Free
  • Vegan

Ingredients

  • 2 cups gluten free, spelt, or oat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cup mashed, overripe banana (I add 4 banana’s)
  • 1/2 cup yogurt, such as daiya vegan or another plain yogurt you like
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup, honey, or agave
  • 1/16 tsp uncut stevia or 2 tbsp any sweetener of choice
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil OR apple sauce
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips, optional

 

* I used the baby loaf pans instead of 9×5 and cooked less time

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. Grease a 9×5 loaf pan. Set aside
  3. Combine dry ingredients in a mixing bowl
  4. Whisk liquid ingredients in a separate bowl
  5. Pour wet into dry, and stir until all lumps are gone
  6. Add chocolate chips (I added white, chocolate or whatever I had on hand :))
  7. Smooth into the prepared pan
  8. Bake on the center rack 30 minutes
  9. Let cool completely. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  10. Leftovers can be sliced and frozen for a month

And because my mom always baked banana bread when I was little I added the topping she likes. This would be for 1 of the baby loaf pan’s (no idea the size… hence “baby”)

  • 1 tbsp non-dairy butter
  • powdered sugar (eyeball it)
  1. Melt the butter in microwave- drown the top of the bread with it (jk) just drizzle 😛
  2. Sprinkle the sugggggggga

 

Nomz! Let me know how you like it!! 🙂

Happy Tuesday fraaaaaainds !

 

XOXO– Meag