New Year, Healthier You – Sustainable Baby Steps
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A couple of days after Christmas when all the gift wrappings are gone, people feel the energy of the upcoming year, they get enthusiastic and see this season as a chance for new beginnings. 

There’s something mystic in that saying “New Year New Me” that we can’t seem to let go each year. At the end of each year, we are confident that in a few weeks, we won’t be the same person anymore (since we’ll put in place all these resolutions we’ve come up with). The fact that each year we are writing down pretty much the same New Year’s resolutions indicates that we’re not doing something right.

“This time will be different!”

Nothing feels as good as getting caught up in the collective energy of so many people embracing something new and better in their lives.

The first part of January is filled with self-imposed restrictions and deprivations. I used to hop on the bandwagon, avoiding wine (except the usual waistline-friendly glass) and delicious food for the entire month. But I’ve come to believe this approach leads to inevitable failure.

Let’s be honest, it’s almost impossible to go from 7 candy canes and 3 Pumpkin Spice Lattes a day, to surviving on any low-something-diet.

Maybe restriction and deprivation isn’t something that should be embraced. Maybe we should all focus a bit more on enjoying reasonably sized portions of nourishing food that feeds our bodies and souls.

The Marrow of Life

Back in the day, we had granny cooking for us. The week after Christmas, we would usually have family gatherings where the main star was granny. She was so excited that we were all together at the table. And she gave her best to keep us there for as long as possible. Of course, she used her main weapon – Food. Her specialty? Bone Broth.

Bone Broth

This relatively simple “soup” became an ultra-hot culinary trend in 2016 and for good reasons. And while many don’t consider this a meal, it can actually play a much more important role.

People don’t get that the key to a successful diet is actually…snacking.

The most difficult times are when those in-between-meal cravings become too enticing, making you go for the over-seasoned potato chips or white chocolate ice cream. I’ve found that simply having a cup of this savory broth suppresses those cravings in their tracks.

Bone broths are hearty, rich, exceptionally satisfying and essentially healthy comfort food. The fact that you can flavor it with your favorite ingredients makes it even more appealing.

Like it’s deliciousness isn’t enough, bone broth is also crammed with healthy goodness like minerals, anti-inflammatory agents, healthy fats and soothing, gut-healing proteins. During the lengthy cooking process, the collagen in the bone marrow dissolves into gelatin. This promotes healthy tendons, joints and bones as well as thick hair and strong nails.

Bone broth benefits people with joint pain and conditions like osteo-arthritis and rheumatoid. Glutamine and glycine found in bone broth reduces any problems with digestion, particularly leaky gut and IBS.

Easy Chicken Bone Broth Recipe

Ingredients

  • 5 minced garlic cloves
  • 2 yellow onions, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 2 tablespoons of red wine
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation

Start by melting the butter in a pot over medium heat. Once the butter melts, add the chopped onions and cook for about 15 minutes or until the onion starts getting that golden brown color.

Add the minced garlic and mix everything for a minute. Add red wine to make the mixture more watery and cook for 10-15 seconds.

Then, add the 800ml of grandma’s chicken bone broth into the mix, turn the heat on high, and leave it like that for about 30 minutes, or until the mixture is reduced by half.

After it cools a bit, place it in a blender to blend the onions and garlic pieces and get a puree – like form.

Bon Appétit

We hope you enjoy this chicken bone broth recipe during the holidays as much as we do and that you’ll join the bone broth bandwagon!

If you have any recipes that are just as delicious and healthy, feel free to share them in the Comments section below.

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