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Bone Broth for Mother and Baby

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During my pregnancy I made a batch of bone broth every week to add to soups, bolognese and sauces. It elevates every dinner, making the most slap-dash dish taste delicious, even if you only have 10 minutes.

Bone broth benefits…

From a nutritional point of view, bone broth is rich in glycine which is ‘conditionally essential’ during pregnancy. Why? When you are with child, your demand for glycine outstrips the amount your body naturally makes. Therefore more of this amino acid must be obtained from food. It’s required for protein synthesis in the foetus, and deficiency of it is almost certainly a limiting factor for foetal growth.

Babies naturally have a ‘leaky’ gut until their digestive tract matures. The gelatine in bone broth will help speed up this sealing process.

Seal the gut

Broths are also well-known gut-healers – and for babies, ‘gut-sealers.’ Babies naturally have a ‘leaky’ gut until their digestive tract matures. The gelatine in bone broth will help speed up this sealing process, giving infants a robust stomach and immune system.

healthy bone broth dinner

Say goodbye to stress…

You can also help protect your body from stress and toxins by adding this simple brew to your diet. Many substances, including environmental toxins and food preservatives, are processed through the body’s glycine pathway, so getting more of this essential amino acid will help keep you clean. Glycine can also help regulate blood sugar, boost energy and fight fatigue – as well as improve sleep quality according to the Japanese Society of Sleep Research.

Bust cellulite…

Final word… bone broth can also help bust cellulite thanks to being rich in bioavailable collagen. See ya later ‘mum bum’.

Bone Broth, The Perfect First Food

So back to the baby; when is it the right time to introduce bone broth?

I began just prior to 4 months. I wanted to feed Ajax bone broth for a week to prepare his digestive system for solids. I’d like to say that he loved bone broth from the start, but the truth is, it took a little getting used too. After he refused the first 80ml bottle, I tried again, this time with 50ml bone broth and 30ml of homemade goat formula.

Now, at 7 months, he loves it! He grabs the bottle with both hands and really goes for it.

bone broth

Adding broth to puréed vegetables is another easy way to slip the superfood into their diet. I started by adding approximately 70ml to Ajax’s first foods – sweet potato, pumpkin and beetroot, which are all easy to digest.

To make bone broth, all you need is a chicken, stock pot and 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar.

For me, making broth is an absolute must-do each week. All you need is a chicken, stock pot and 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar. I tend to freeze half the brew in ice-cubes for baby and keep the rest in the fridge for me.

My favourite mid-week broth-meal is Salmon Miso Raman. Simply add buckwheat noodles, miso, ginger, onions, and a wild salmon steak… and you have a speedy bowl of goodness for when you are tired and in need of a good pick-me-up.

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