Sunday, September 2, 2012

My new favorite food!

I should just stop reading about food and health and vitamins and nutrients. I swear, every time I learn something new I wonder how I am even standing and/or functioning.

Take this for example:

"Tip of the Day: If you're concerned with micronutrient deficiencies, understand that it's not just about how much you take in. Other factors, such as what the rest of your diet includes or does not include, can impact how much of a given micronutrient you actually need."

They go onto say that if you only eat meat and not joints, skin and bones, your need for certain vitamins - including lots of B vitamins - go up. Bottom line, if you're not getting proper amounts of glycine you're screwed (Okay, I made that up, but it sounds good).  Anyhoo, you know what food is the very highest in glycine?  Gelatin!!! Yes, that's right, the food thing that I spent 20 years as a vegetarian avoiding like the plague, probably would have helped my vitamin B vitamin levels immensely.

So, in honor of this news, I am going on a broth kick. As my regular readers will know, I have made chicken broth. But, I always make it and stick it in the freezer where it spends the next 6 months getting in the way of everything. Now, I'm going to make broth and EAT IT. Last week was my first week. I whipped up a batch of beef broth - cook time 24 HOURS (to make sure I got the good stuff out of the bones) and for the next three nights I had beef broth for dinner. And it's SO GOOD. One night I actually had to run out to an appointment. So I warmed up some broth and took it in a to go cup. And my little belly was happy and satisfied until I actually had time to eat at 8 pm.

Here's a very short snippet of other things broth does for you.     
  • Bone broth is rich in minerals to strengthen the immune system and support healthy digestion. Bone broth also contains collagen to strengthen tendons, joints, ligaments, bone, and skin. (Healthier, whoop)
  • The collagen in bone broth will help heal the lining of the gut to relieve heartburn, GERD, and other types of intestinal inflammation. (Happy Belly!)
  • Collagen will support healthy skin to make it supple and strong to reduce the appearance of cellulite.  (HELLO, yes that says get rid of  cellulite and make me look younger, can you say, miracle food!!! Forget botox!)
  • The glycine in bone broth will detoxify the body of harmful chemicals, improve sleep, and boost memory and performance. (Uhm ,yes, better sleep, smarter and faster!!!)
And, if all the above weren't enough. It's delicious and extra easy to make.

Dem bones!

A few hangin' around veggies, I threw in some brussel sprout ends and garlic too. 
Don't forget the damn bay leaf. (It seems all these recipes call for one bay leaf - hard to imagine it has much effect.)
The magic sauce (pulls the minerals out of the bones).

Voila!  Throw it all in a crock pot and leave it for 24-72 hours.  (Note the all important bay leaf)

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