Health-Boosting Chicken Broth
Have you ever wondered why people tell you to enjoy chicken broth when you’re ill? It’s because chicken bone broth is thé health-boosting-superhero to turn to when you’re feeling under the weather. It’s packed with goodness: healing and protecting your gut, increasing immunity, battling inflammation and it has amazing nutritional value.
So, let’s state the obvious here: why not have it on your better days as well!? We’ve included an easy recipe for your own homemade chicken broth at the end!
Health Boosting Benefits
1. Gut Healing
A healthy body equals a healthy gut. Your gut lining is one of the most important barriers to keep unwanted intruders out of your system.
When you are on a ‘normal’ western diet, loads antinutrients, toxins and bad bacteria enter your body and damage your intestinal walls. The damage can develop to such a degree that it turns into a “leaky gut” syndrome, causing all sorts of health issues such as digestive problems, migraine, auto-immune diseases and in some cases even depression.
And guess what? The gelatine in chicken broth heals the mucosal layer in the gut, re-sealing it and restoring gut health. It also prevents damage, improves digestion, and cures chronic diarrhoea + constipation.
2. Reduces Joint Pain And Inflammations
Chicken broth contains a golden combination of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs). That’s quite a mouth full but I bet for some of you the ‘glucosamine’ part will ring a bell somewhere.
Glucosamine is commonly given as a supplement to cure joint pain and is even subscribed for chronic joint diseases. It stimulates collagen production, repairs joints and reduces pain & inflammations.
Chicken broth also enhances anti-inflammatory capacity thanks to the amino acid glycine.
Glycine is closely related to the immune and digestive system, and an important building block for many different acids that keep your body healthy. It helps your body with the detoxification of toxins and even helps breaking down fat!
4. Improves Skin, Hair & Nails
Chicken broth works miracles for your skin, hair and nails thanks to the proline-containing gelatine.
Proline is a cornerstone in collagen production and helps building skin & muscle tissue. Collagen is essential for keeping a healthy and fresh-looking skin texture but also helps in wound-healing processes. Why buy expensive beauty treatments containing collagen when you can fuel up naturally from the inside out?
5. Improves Bone Growth And Repair
Chicken broth is rich in minerals (the good ones!). It contains Calcium, Magnesium and Phosphor.
As you slowly cook the bones you’ll notice they get all weak and crumbly… That’s because all those amazing bone-building minerals are getting absorbed into the fluid.
Putting in something acidic before turning on the heat will maximise the mineral uptake, so we’ve included apple cider vinegar in the recipe below.
6. It’s Sooo Easy
You literally throw everything in a huge pan with some water and let it slow-cook for a couple of hours (bonus points: your house will smell awesome while your broth is simmering).
You can make a whole bunch and put it in the freezer for later. You don’t have to throw away left-over veggies because you can just throw them in there as well. Cooking doesn’t get much easier than this..
Now that you’ve seen all health benefits, I’m sure you can’t wait to make some of your own. Here’s our go-to-recipe to help you get started!
- 3 organic free-range chicken legs
- 2 L water
- 1 onion, roughly chopped
- 4 cloves of garlic
- 2 cm of ginger, chopped
- handful of your favourite herbs (parsley / mint / cilantro / thyme)
- 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- ½ tsp of seasalt
- optional: stalks of celery / carrot, roughly chopped
- Add all ingredients in one pot and slowly cook for 4.5 hours or overnight.
- Take out the bones and meat. (You can use the meat with fresh veggies, 1 cup of the broth and water to make your own chicken soup.)
- Pass the stock through a sieve. And there you have it! Your own health-boosting chicken broth!
- + Keep the excess broth up to 4 days in the fridge and up to 3 weeks in the freezer.
- + When using chicken broth in recipes, make sure to skim off the fat layer and only use the fatless consistence.
- + You can use the chicken broth for: cooking vegetables (in a small layer of broth) / preparing stews or soups / making salad dressings (for your salads-in-a-jar) / DIY stock cubes (pour broth into ice cube tray and freeze) / enjoy anytime as a hot healthy drink
Did you already knew chicken broth was this healthy? How did yours turn out? Maybe you have your own amazing recipe or some additions to ours? We want to know!!
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