After convincing Shalane that bone broth just might be a perfect recovery food for runners, Elyse invited Shalane over to learn how to make it. When Shalane showed up, Elyse had a pot ready for straining that had been simmering overnight. As we began pouring the broth through the strainer, Shalane shrieked and exclaimed, “Is this a witch’s brew?!” For a good laugh, Elyse had tossed a couple of chicken feet into the pot. In our recipe below, the chicken feet are definitely optional.
We believe in the nourishing powers (and incredible flavor) of traditionally made bone broths. There’s a reason why recipes like this one have been handed down for generations. Bone broth is a rich source of collagen, glucosamine, and minerals including calcium and magnesium, making it the perfect healing food for common running injuries like stress fractures or knee problems. It’s also rich in gelatin, which can help heal the gut, boost the immune system, and fight inflammation.
The next time you roast a whole chicken store the leftover bones in your freezer until you’re ready to make broth. Or ask your butcher if he sells leftover bones or chicken backs.
Adapted from Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon
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