Bone Broth is your friend to have from the beginning to through the postpartum period and beyond. It strengthens your immune system, nourishes your skin, and warms your body.
Postpartum bone broth will help you recover quickly to full energy. It supplies both micro and macro nutrients. Bone broth is high in protein, collagen, and trace elements which will restore your body after childbirth. Bone broth supports the uterus and skin tightening, it builds your blood, and helps you lose baby weight naturally.
The postpartum period - 40 days after birth - is a sacred time for mom and baby to bond, regenerate, and grow. Mom during this time should stay physically and internally warm at all times to make it easier for her body to repair and gain energy - bone broth helps warm the body and hydrate.
Bone broth can be made in large batches and stored frozen for 6 months and refrigerated for 5 days.
Chicken Bone Broth
10 pounds of chicken parts (wings, backs, feet, and even legs if necessary)
2 carrots washed and quartered
6 celery stalks washed and quartered
3 onions quartered
1 tablespoon black peppercorns
5 bay leaves
1 teaspoon dried thyme
Juice of one lemon
One bunch of parsley
Optional first step:
For a darker, richer broth roast the chicken parts till golden brown at 375F.
Place all of the above ingredients in a stock pot. Cover with cold water, so that the water level is 2 inches above the bone broth ingredients. Bring to a simmer on high heat. As broth begins to simmer, reduce the heat and skim off any foam that rises to the top. Allow the broth to gently simmer for 5-8 hours partially covered. You don’t need to do anything doing the simmering time.
Once done, remove solids with a large slotted spoon. Allow liquid to cool, then strain through a fine mesh strainer. Season with salt and refrigerate. Once cool, you can skim off the solidified fat that has risen to the top.
The broth can now be used, stored, or frozen.
Broth add ins.
These are easy ways to make broth into a healthy snack or meal.
Julia Erickson, the founder of Aphrodite Project, is a wellness authority who uses food, meditation, and movement to create extraordinary health and wellness. Julia's practice is focused on helping women thrive and heal from chronic disease. She is also mother of seven.