I’m a huge fan of bone broth. Few days go by when I don’t consume bone broth in some shape or form. Whether it be plain, heated in a mug in the morning, blended into a vegetable puree or soup, or added to some crock pot creation (such as stews or pulled pork/beef) – I’ve been enjoying bone broth almost daily for the greater part of this year. And I truly do notice the effects when I consume it regularly – it makes me feel good on the inside & look good on the outside. A couple of the most obvious benefits I’ve experienced are better overall recovery from workouts, stronger/healthier hair & nails, and smoother/clearer skin, among many others.
While I know that while boiling down the bones of animals can seem a little strange or even disturbing to some people in today’s modern society, when almost everything can be found bottled or canned (for utmost convenience) once you get over the initial weirdness of it you’ll realize how very beneficial & wise making a weekly (or monthly) batch of bone broth really is. First, it’s cost effective – purchase a whole chicken, some chicken wings/legs, or a nice big bone-in cut of beef & get the most bang for your buck by devouring the meat & then throwing the leftover bones in the crock pot along with some water, a splash of apple cider vinegar (to help with mineral release), & some spices or vegetables. Within a day or two you’ll have your own homemade meat stock that can be used in future recipes or consumed on it’s own that week or be frozen to be used later on! Second, it’s sooo good for you. The bones of animals contain a plethora of vitamins & minerals & boiling them down allows you to access these untapped reservoirs. The vitamins/minerals found in bone broth are beneficial & healing to the gut, the joints/ligaments of the body, and the connective tissue/skin of the body. You can read more about the benefits of consuming bone broth here & here.
Anyway, this summer I began adding powdered ginger & sea salt to my warm mug of bone broth in the morning & was really enjoying the enhancement in flavor. It wasn’t until this week however when I devised this (what I believe to be) ingenious idea, now known as “Bone Broth 2.0“. While a little powdered ginger & sea salt were pleasant little additions, substitute that powdered ginger with fresh ginger root, add in a clove of garlic, & a touch of coconut oil, and BAM, there’s a recipe worth sharing. When you blend this all together in a high speed blender you get a concoction so creamy & delicious – similar to Bulletproof coffee – Bone Broth style. I contemplated actually calling this recipe “Bulletproof Bone Broth” buuut I know that the term “Bulletproof” is trademarked & I didn’t want to run into any problems. So, Bone Broth 2.0 it is.
This recipe is especially great if you’re currently trying to cut back on caffeine or looking for something to replace your morning coffee fix. But in any case, try it. You won’t be sorry. So long as you brush your teeth afterwards (that raw garlic isn’t always so forgiving 😉 ).
Bone Broth 2.0
Time: 5-20 minutes
Makes: One serving
- A clove of raw Garlic
- A section of Ginger Root (about 1″ x 1″ or equal proportion to Garlic clove)
- 1 cup Bone Broth
- 1 cup Boiling (or Hot) Water
- 1 tablespoon Coconut Oil
- 1/4 – 1/2 Teaspoon Sea Salt
- Coffee mug
- Sharp kitchen knife
- Measuring spoons
- High powdered Blender
- Chop up Garlic & Ginger into small pieces
- Place chopped pieces into a coffee mug & fill with a cup of boiling water
- Allow the ginger & garlic to steep in hot water for about 5-15 minutes (optional but recommended)
- Add Bone Broth, Sea Salt, Hot water with the Ginger/Garlic pieces, & Coconut Oil to blender
- Blend for about two minutes on medium-high power
- Pour into mug & drink up!
- Try adding other fresh herbs (such as Rosemary or Sage) to the mix just before blending
- Try adding some fresh Turmeric root (steep with the Garlic & Ginger) for an extra anti-inflammatory boost
- Replace the Coconut Oil with Grass-fed Butter (if you tolerate it)
- Add another tablespoon of Coconut Oil for extra creaminess or additional calories if needed!