This week I wanted to write a short and simple food post. I love adding broths to soups and it’s still the wintertime so soups are a perfect food for warming up the soul during the chilly weather. On a chilly winters evening nothing really beats a warm soup and chicken broth soup is a personal favourite of mine. Chicken bone broth soup is incredibly tasty but apart from that it offers a whole variety of benefits for better gut and mood health and that’s what I want to write about on here. Homemade broth is so simple to make you don’t have to be a budding chef to make it, after eating an organic chicken make sure to save the bones and boil them. It’s that easy you can find my favourite chicken broth recipe at the end of this post if your interested. You can then add the broth you made as a base for soups, use it for meat or vegetable broths, add to casseroles and stews or if your feeling adventurous you can just drink the goodness by itself.
The benefits of broth is incredible as you can gain so much goodness from it. When you boil the bones they release Amino Acids like Collagen, Glycine, Glutamine and Gelatin all which support the body’s connective tissue health and that also includes the gut barrier too. (When you maintain a healthy gut barrier it really helps you to feel in a happier state of mind and that brings me on to the next benefit.) It also can contribute to better mood too, aswell as maintaining a healthy gut barrier for a happier state of mind the Glycine can support a calmer mental state. Having a calmer mental state helps to decrease anxiety. The Collagen is one of the key nutrients in broth and this helps to keep the skin plumper and in a healthier overall condition. So not only are there benefits for the body, gut and mind your skin may even show it’s benefits too.
Obviously I’m not saying just eat a bone broth and instantly you will experience it’s benefits, but it’s a good meal to include in your balanced diet. It shocked me how many nutritional benefits a bone broth actually gives so I just had to share my findings with you all. Who knew that the humble broth could be so beneficial to us…
Cook – Chicken Bone Broth Recipe
I know I mentioned that it was super simple to make a bone broth but I thought I would include the chicken bone broth recipe that I like to go by, for anybody who is interested in making it for themselves.
You will need:
Organic Chicken Carcasses or a Whole Chicken Carcass
4 Litres of filtered water
3 Tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Carrot, 1 Celery Stalk, 1 Onion, 1 Garlic Clove
2 Bay Leaves, 3 Sprigs of Fresh Thyme
1 Tablespoon of Black Peppercorn
- Get a large pot and place the chicken bones inside. Add your water, vinegar and leave to stand for 20-30 minutes. Wash the carrot, onion and garlic but don’t peel them.
- Chop your vegetables in large chunks and then place in the pot, adding in the aromatics too. Ensure that the water covers the ingredients by 5cm. Bring to a boil and then simmer. Loosely place the pots lid over the top.
- Check on the simmering broth every 20 minutes during the first 2 hours so you can skim off any foam that appears. Top up any water if needed and then continue to simmer for 6 hours. (6 hours may seem like a long time but you can go off and carry on with whatever you were doing knowing that it’s nicely simmering in the background, it will also fill your whole house up with a delicious smell. What a bonus!)
- Once the time is up remove all of the bones and pour the liquid through a strainer into a bowl.
- Allow the stock to fully cool before pouring into your storage jars. You can keep the mixture in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer it will last for 1 month.