Chicken noodle soup has some stiff competition when it comes to being the top panacea in a pot. While bone broth dates back thousands of years in Asian and Greek cultures, it has recently seen a huge surge in popularity due to its purported health benefits.
Making bone broth involves simmering animal bones, meat, or seafood in water over an extended period of time to extract nutrients. The resultant savory liquid can act as the basis of many dishes, particularly soups, stews, and sauces.
“Bone broth provides powerful nutrients your body needs to thrive, including collagen, gelatin, glucosamine, chondroitin, glutamine, and calcium,” says Hope Delong of Delray Beach–based Birthright Nutrition. “These vital nutrients are essential for gut, skin, and joint health”
Using a 20-hour simmer, Birthright manufactures organic chicken and bone broth concentrates that need only hot water to reconstitute into broth. They’re available for purchase online or at Whole Foods locations. “Our target audience is health-conscious people who generally eat Keto or Paleo, and who are highly aware of what they put in their bodies,” says DeLong. “During the COVID challenge, we have brought on new customers who are looking for nutritious ways to boost their immune systems.”
While Delong touts the positives of consuming bone broth any time of day, she advises those with health goals to strategize their timing to maximize the benefits. “Bone broth in the morning will support gut health and boost your mood. For detoxing, drinking bone broth in the evening is extremely helpful.”
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For an on-the-go alternative to your daily dose of bone broth, stop by CoreLife Eatery in Royal Palm Beach or Boca Raton. This fast-casual restaurant offers innovative bone broth bowls like coconut curry chicken soup and spicy ginger steak and rice noodle.