I am a HUGE believer in preventative care, I mean why make more work for yourself later, right?!
I wrote a piece on all the INCREDIBLE benefits of COLLAGEN here
But here's a list of just a few of the benefits of this protein structure building so much of our bodies
joint and bone health
immune and central nervous system health
reduces cellulite and stretch marks
reduces fine lines and wrinkles
strengthens teeth, nails and hair
I mean, the list just keeps going! What is so delicious about collagen is how accessible and easy it is, as well as being a SUPER HERO for your HEALTH and a natural BEAUTY MIRACLE. It's basically every gals dream.
You can also purchase collagen powder (I go into different brands here and the low down on buying from a brand that uses ONE ingredient only--no fillers!!!) In this post I'll go into how easy it is to make your own collagen. In the winter time I have a pot going constantly. In warmer weather, or when I'm traveling, or simply when I don't feel like cooking, I love having the powder on hand. It's def one of my staples.
I like to make my bone broth in a crockpot so I don't have to think about it. I put in on low heat, throw some bones, water, spices and apple cider vinegar and BAM a few hours later DONE. Throughout the next 3 to 5 days I simply keep adding water whenever I use it. The bones will keep producing collagen throughout the week.
I try to create a lot of diversity in my family and I's diet so here I am using local organic bison bones which give a much fuller flavor than chicken bones. Chicken bones are the most neutral in flavor. I like to make a baked chicken, then make use of the leftover bones for a bone broth. My sister texted me tonight asking how many bones I normally use. Sometimes I'll throw the whole chicken bone structure into the crockpot, other times I'll use only the big bones (so I don't have to take time straining them out--Yes! to doing less things!). You can really be flexible depending on how strong you want the broth.
The broth can be used as a soup base, used to make dishes like rice--giving the rice a richer flavor--whatever I cook throughout the next couple days I throw a little of that broth in and whenever the water is running low in the crock pot I just add more!
For more flavor you can add root veggies like celery, onions, carrots and garlic--I always add chili flakes because spice is my EVERYTHING.
The trick of an extra healthy batch of broth is to add an acid like lemon or vinegar helping extract more minerals from the bones. I am never without the 100% organic/raw/unpasteurized/unfiltered version of apple cider vinegar NO preservative filled shit please and thank you! Braggs is like $5 at any grocery store and has live probiotics in it. YAY!