Monday, June 6, 2011
As you already know I am a HUGE soup fan and constantly have a pot of something brewing on the stove even in the summer. There is an art to making soup though and it all starts with a good homemade stock. My favorite is made from the bones of grass fed animals and this week I am in heaven because I just received my order of grass fed, hormone and antibiotic free beef and beef bones. I requested bones so I could make bone based broth. This a healing food in its own right. Even as I write I have a huge pot of bone broth simmering on the stove. Heavenly!!
Today we settle for soups or broths made from a bouillon cube or dumped out of a can. I want to encourage you to go back to the art of making beautiful bone broth so you can perform your own magic in the kitchen making delicious home-made soup but also so you can drink the broth on its own to heal yourself from numerous digestive issues. There are so many easily digestible, readily available nutrients in bone broth you are really missing out if you don't give it a try.
How do bones help you with healing? Bones in all creatures are the great storehouse of minerals particularly calcium, phosphorus and magnesium. Our soil and thus our food is severely demineralized today, as are we. We need minerals for optimal health. Placing 4 pounds of good quality beef bones in a large soup pot along with a few fat onions, carrots, celery, herbs, sea salt, whole black pepper, bay leaves and - my trade secret - one or two tablespoons of raw apple cider vinegar, and allowing this combination to simmer away for at least 5 hours yields a nutrient dense stock. How? The long slow simmer with the help of the vinegar pulls the calcium and protein out of the bones and marrow. These nutrients will be released into the stock making them available to you to consume. Why do I care about your calcium so much? Many of us need more minerals in our diet particularly calcium, phosphorus and magnesium. Bone broth will deliver this. Protein is also available in bone broth in a highly digestible form. Healthy omega-3 and omega-6 fats will also be present as they simmer out of the marrow.
All of these nutrients live in your homemade bone broth and are nourishing enough in their own right that you can live on beef bone broth ONLY for a few days to "reset" your digestive system. Toxins, drugs, alcohol, allergies, foods, cigarettes and other things we consume challenge the gut and often turn eating and digestion into a nightmare. Bone broth is the answer to restoring gut health in many cases. You may be amazed to discover not only how delicious this food is but at how good you feel after doing a three-day cleanse with it alone. Your proof that bone broth is loaded with the highest quality nutrients lies in the pot - a good soup broth will always turn to gelatin in the refrigerator. The gelatin is protein.
I am on day 2 and loving the feeling of lightness and the calm in my tummy.
To your good health,
Posted by Tosca Reno at 8:00 AM