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TIP OF THE DAY: 12 Uses For Bone Broth


Our tip today focuses on uses for bone broth. Bone broth is an alternative to stock, a flavorful liquid made by slowly simmering bones, cartilage, and tendons, with some bits of meat that remain attached.

The difference between stock and bone broth is that while stock can be made in three or four hours, bone broth is simmered for 24 hours or more, extracting the maximum amount of collagen (protein) and other nutrients from the bones.

Bone broth can be made from any type of animal bones, from whatever carcass has been butchered—beef, bison, chicken, lamb, turkey—and fish bones. The broth is typically seasoned with onions and herbs.

Get protein with your cocktails! A recipe for Bone Broth Bloody Mary is below.

Over the past few years, drinking cups of bone broth has become a healthy habit for those seeking a variety of healing benefits:

  • Gut health: Bone Broth helps to seal the mucosal lining of the gut, limiting leaky gut syndrome and easing chronic diarrhea, constipation, and even some food intolerances.
  • Joint health: Bone broth contains glucosamine, and unlike pill supplements, the broth offers other nutritional benefits that can help reduce pain.
  • Skin improvement: Bone broth is a rich source of collagen, which has shown an improvement in skin elasticity.
  • Fatigue reduction: Research has shown that glycine, found in bone broth, may help improve sleep and ward off fatigue. During the day, it’s a protein-packed drink.
  • Immune system health: Bone broth’s high concentration of minerals can strengthen the immune system.
  • Bone strength: The calcium, magnesium and phosphorus that are transferred into the broth from animal bones are great for human bones.
  • Protein supplement: Bone broth contains essential amino acids, which are important for muscle recovery and energy source.

    But before we heard of bone broth as a health food darling, we used it for cooking:

  • As a cooking broth.
  • As a soup base.
  • As a nutritious diet soup and hot beverage.
    Weight Watchers began recommending bone broth* as “free food” (have all you want) when the program began back in the 1960s.

    Calories will vary by the producer but you can estimate 66 calories per eight-ounce cup.

    You can make your own bone broth from scratch, but most people would rather buy it than watch a simmering pot for a day.


    What can the home cook do with bone broth, beyond heating it in the microwave to drink?

    We recently asked Bonafide Provisions, the first USDA-approved organic bone broth on the market, to share their favorite uses for bone broth. Here are their recommendations.

    1. FROZEN CUBES. Start by freezing bone broth in ice cube trays. You’ll be ready to add extra collagen protein into soups, and stews, and even your simplest recipes is by dropping a cube of bone broth into them.

    2. BREAKFAST. Take your pick:
    Instead Of Coffee: For a start-the-day drink, make a bone broth “latte” instead. The collagen protein in the bone broth will fill you up. This recipe (photo #1) combines chicken bone broth, coconut milk, fresh basil and lime juice for a Thai-inspired bone broth latte.
    Pancakes & Waffles: You can “secretly” add bone broth protein to carb-laden favorites like pancakes and waffles. Here’s a recipe (photo #2).
    Breakfast Broth: Soup is a popular breakfast item in Southeast Asia. Here’s a recipe for an Asian-style breakfast soup that can be enjoyed all day.

    3. BRUNCH COCKTAILS & COCKTAIL HOUR. Become a bone broth mixologist Using bone broth in our recipes is no exception. A favorite is a bone broth Bloody Mary (photo #8), the recipe below.

    4. BOILING. Use bone broth in place of water or stock for cooking. Bone broth makes a delicious and nutrient-packed alternative to water in most recipes. Cooking grains in bone broth dishes adds not only flavor but gut-supporting collagen protein.

    5. BRAISING LIQUID. Bone broth makes a great braising liquid for vegetables, short ribs and other braises (photo #4).

    6. SAUTÉS & PAN SAUCES. Use it for all sauté and braising needs. Add a few tablespoons to ¼ cup of bone broth to deglaze the pan to make a sauce for meat. for a sauce for meat.

    7. SLOW COOKING. Create delicious and easy meals in a slow cooker. It’s as easy as adding a protein, your favorite spices, chopped veggies, and a bag of beef bone broth to your slow cooker for a fuss-free, effortless stew.

    8. SOUPS. It’s easy to add bone broth protein to just about any soup (photo #3). Using bone broth as a base for all of your soups and stews takes the hard work out of crafting a soup from scratch. Create easy blender soups with roasted vegetables. Check out these recipes from Bonafide.

    9. PROTEIN ENHANCER. Hide bone broth in foods for picky eaters who aren’t getting enough protein. Check the recipes for everything from enchiladas to potato wedges.

    10. SNACKS. Heat up 8-10 ounces of our bone broth with your favorite spices. The saltiness is satisfying and the collagen protein provides satiety.

    11. SMOOTHIES. We love to add 2 cubes of bone broth to our morning smoothies (coconut milk, spinach, berries) as a way to boost the amino acid content and add in some extra protein.

    12. BEDTIME RELAXER. Sip bone broth as a tea before bed. It’s not only a comforting, warm snack, but the amino acid, glycine, found abundantly in bone broth, helps support deep, restful sleep.

    Let us know!

    There are bone broth recipes for every meal of the day on the company website.

    *Then in the form of bouillon cubes.


    Bone Broth Latte
    [1] Breakfast or snack: bone broth latte with coconut milk. Here’s the recipe (all photos courtesy Bonafide Bone Broth).

    Bone Broth Waffles
    [2] Add protein to breakfast: Sneak bone broth into waffles. Here’s the recipe.

    Parsnip Soup
    [3] For lunch or dinner, add bone broth to soups (here’s the recipe for this parsnip-garlic soup).

    Braised Short Ribs
    [4] Use bone broth in your braises. Here’s the recipe for braised short ribs with cauliflower purée.

    Salty Dog Cocktail
    [5] Cocktails from classics to your own creations have enhanced flavor and protein with the addition of bone broth. Here’s the recipe for this Salty Dog cocktail.

    Bonafide Bone Broth

    Bonafide Bone Broth
    [6] and [7] The four flavors of Bonafide Bone Broth.


    A Bloody Mary with beef broth has been made for a half century or longer. It is also known as a Bloody Bull, Bull Shot and Beefy Mary.

    The saltiness of the broth gives this Bloody Mary variation a rich flavor, not to mention, collagen protein.

    Want something fruitier? Here’s a Salty Dog cocktail with bone broth.
    Ingredients Per Drink

  • 2 ounces beef bone broth
  • 3 ounces tomato juice
  • 1.5 ounces vodka
  • 1/2 a lemon, lightly squeezed
  • 1/2 a lime, lightly squeezed
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon prepared horseradish
  • Ice cubes

    Beefy Mary
    [8] Cocktails from classics to your own creations have enhanced flavor and protein with the addition of bone broth. The recipe for this Beefy Mary/Bloody Bull is below.

    Ranch Dip
    [9] Want to serve crudités with your Bloody Marys? Make this protein packed ranch dip recipe.

      For The Rim

  • Lime wedge
  • Coarse salt or Tajin or other seasoned salt
  • Optional: Minced dill and/or lemon zest

    Select your own favorites. Some suggestions:

  • 1/2 stalk celery or fennel
  • Rib of romaine heart
  • Strip of bacon
  • Stuffed olives
    Here are 11 more Bloody Mary garnishes


    We like to mix the salt with lemon zest and/or minced dill.

    1. PLACE the salt or seasoning on a dish, rub the lime around the rim of a large glass, and twist it in the salt.

    2. COMBINE all of the drink ingredients in a mixing glass or pitcher and stir well. Taste and add horseradish, Worcestershire, salt, and pepper to taste.

    3. ADD ice cubes to the glass. Add the mixed drink. Garnish with items of choice and serve.

    Bonafide Provisions was founded in 2011 when Sharon Brown, a clinical nutritionist, and certified GAPS practitioner, noticed a reluctance from her patients to make their own bone broth (it’s time-consuming). But her GAPS program clients were reluctant to make their own bone broth.

    Sharon approached her husband, a professionally-trained chef, and her niece, a nutritional therapist and CrossFit coach; together they created Bonafide Provisions.

    Products include Beef, Chicken, Turkey and Frontier Blend (beef, bison, lamb, turkey) organic bone broths. A second line, Drinkable Veggies, comprises five different blends of organic vegetable juices and bone broth, with 6-11 grams of protein per serving.

    Bonafide Provisions Certified Organic broth and Drinkable Veggies have no grains, sugar or dairy and are Whole30 approved.

    Learn more and use the store locator at BonafideProvisions.com.



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