Have you heard about the recent trend of drinking bone broth and wondered what it’s all about? Bone broth, as it sounds, is broth made by simmering bones and other ingredients in water for at least two hours. As the broth simmers, minerals and other nutrients get extracted from the bones into the water, leaving you with an incredibly nourishing liquid. The result is nutrient rich and delicious. Bone broths are particularly beneficial for women who are trying to conceive, pregnant or breastfeeding for several reasons.
1. Aid for Nausea
During the first trimester, and sometimes well into the second, morning sickness can cause vomiting and nausea all day long. Soothing nausea can be a difficult task but it’s important to stay well nourished. Bone broth is an ideal choice since it is nutrient-rich and easy to consume.
2. Amino Acid Packed
Amino acids are essential to build proteins. During pregnancy women need 25 grams of protein to help develop their babies brains, bones, and bodies. And while breastfeeding, your need for protein only increases. Bones contain amino acids like: arinine, glycine, and proline, which are released when the bones are simmered to make broth.
3. A Satiating Snack
During pregnancy and while breastfeeding it is vital that mother’s get an extra boost of calories that are nutrient dense. Bone broth is delicious, filling, and filled with important nutrients that make it a good choice for expecting and new moms.
4. Good for Joint Health
Bone broth is loaded with two of the most important nutrients for joint health: glucosomine and chondrotin. It’s important during pregnancy to take care of your joints since there is extra weight on them. Glucosomine and chondrotin are also essential for the healthy development of your baby’s joints.
5. Boosts Fertility
Collagen, which is rich in bone broth, has been shown to help improve fertility and aid in overall wellness during pregnancy. Gelatin, which you may know from being used to make jello, contains collagen. These super nutrients are often referred to as “baby glue” as it helps create connective tissue, cartilage, bones, and joints.
Here's an easy bone broth recipe for you to try!
2 pounds or more of organic bones (chicken, beef, or pork). Meat can be attached to the bone
2 stalks of celery
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
1-2 tablespoon sea salt (season to taste)
Optional: any other vegetables and/or herbs/seasonings you like
- 4 quarts of water
Wash your meat and bones then place them in a slow cooker or a large stock pot. Cover the bones with cool water and add apple cider vinegar and let it sit for 20-30 minutes so that the acid can help extract the minerals from the bones. Add your chopped vegetables, salt, pepper, and any other herbs/seasonings you are using. Bring the broth to boil and then allow it to simmer for at least two hours (or overnight if in a slow cooker). The longer the better! There may be a film that floats to the surface of the liquid that you can just discard with a large spoon. Then, just drink and enjoy!
The broth can be refrigerated for up to 5-7 days and frozen for up to 6 months. We would recommend you use a tightly sealed mason jar for storage.