It’s something we’ve all heard at one time or another, that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And while this isn’t necessarily true - just ask any nutrition geek who’s researched Intermittent Fasting - there is some practical wisdom to starting your day off on the right nutritional foot.
For some this means green juice or a superfood smoothie but for an increasing number of folks the go-to healthy choice is quickly becoming bone broth.
The beautiful actress Shailene Woodley counts herself among this group and even shared a recipe along with some information regarding leaky gut and the “Paleo” movement with David Letterman during an appearance earlier this year and shared her recipe on Dave’s Instagram which is truly a nutrient dense, anti-inflammatory, health restoring concoction.
Her Recipe you ask? Here it is:
- 1 cup of grass fed bone broth
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- pinch of salt
- 1 cup of ginger tea
- pinch of turmeric
- 1 tbsp grass fed colostrum (first milk of mammals which is loaded with immune and growth factors and super effective for healing leaky gut)
So why exactly is starting your day with a healthy dose of this ancient elixir such a good idea?
The reasons are many but lets focus on three.
Whole Food Nutrient Density:
Bone broth is composed of whole foods that supply the body with a broad array of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and high quality fats. It is the perfect breakfast to go and is a complete life changer for folks that still rely on drive through coffee and pastries each morning. Instead of spiking your blood sugar first thing and then riding the energy highs and lows that follow why not nourish yourself and be energized, satisfied and feeling great for hours.
It travels well:
Many people who are on tight schedules each morning don’t make the time to prepare, cook and eat a homemade breakfast each day. The reality for most is that between commuting to work or school, taking care of children or getting ready for meetings and appointments there is no shortage of “stuff” that needs to get done once we’re awake and getting into the day. While in an ideal world we would all be able to wake up in a unrushed manner, and prepare a wholesome breakfast while listening to our favorite tunes and dancing in the kitchen this is not practical for most. But what is practical is heating a cup of pre-prepared bone broth, throwing in your extras whether that be grass-fed butter, coconut oil, a raw pastured egg, MCT oil, turmeric, ginger, cayenne, salt, pepper, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg or whatever is your favorite dried herb or spice, whipping it up in the blender and then taking it to go in a travel mug and sipping it like tea you can read more about how to enhance your bone broth. It may sound unusual but it is damn delicious and super satisfying!
- Bone Broth Makes You Beautiful:
Regardless of the brilliantly crafted messages we’ve been fed by the beauty industry there is virtually no way that expensive lotions and creams are going to do the trick in helping you to attain glowing skin and a natural radiance. In reality, the path to beautiful skin starts in the gut and by supplying the body with lots of collagen, gelatin and essential vitamins and minerals, we are able to achieve a glowing appearance without spending hundreds of dollars on the latest peels, scrubs, toners, cleansers and creams that are often filled with toxic ingredients and actually do more harm than good. To see how clean your products are and to find alternatives checkout http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ which uses a ranking system to score products in terms of how their ingredients impact human health.
So there you have it, three no brainer reasons to start your day with a steaming cup of delicious bone broth. It’ll fuel your inner fire and help you become a healthier happier version of yourself, which at the end of the day is something that truly matters.