I gave up coffee in September of 2016. It was a slow transition and one that I was extremely skeptical of. I knew I was suffering with some adrenal fatigue and blood sugar issues though and coffee doesn’t help those situations. You see, when you use coffee to pick you up, your body has to pour out cortisol in response to the caffeine, which in turn stimulates a blood sugar increase. Too much cortisol leaves to a whole host of problems including fatigue, weight gain, hormonal issues, anxiety, etc. I’m not saying that everyone needs to go give up coffee right now, but if you are dealing with any of the above issues you might want to experiment for a couple of weeks and then try that beloved cup of coffee and see how you feel.
Even though I kept my coffee intake at about 1-2 cups a day (and always post breakfast), I still knew that the transition was going to be a tough one. When you’ve had a habit for 10 years plus, it takes a while to break. I found that the thing I missed the most was the experience of coffee. The smell and the routine of having a nice warm beverage in the morning was the part I knew I wanted to recreate. I usually have organic roasted dandelion root tea, which has a slightly bitter taste that is reminiscent of coffee, but for days when you want something that you can really look forward to and feel fancy, this bone broth latte is great.
Now, you may be thinking- bone broth? In the morning? What?? And I get it, it sounds a bit foreign but bone broth is absolutely delicious not to mention incredibly good for us. Bone broth is incredibly nutrient dense, great for digestion (it can actually seal your gut lining!) and is rich in flavor. Bone broth is the best thing to consume if you are dealing with any of the following issues:
- Leaky gut
- Food intolerances and allergies
- Joint issues
- Immune system issues
Our ancestors used to make bone broth all the time. This is where the original phrase “chicken soup is good for the soul” came from (FYI- it does not come from a can of Campbell’s). When bones are simmered they release healing compounds like collagen, proline, glycine, and glutamine. Bone broths also contain easy to use nutrients such as magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, silicon, sulphur, etc. You can read more about bone broth here
Step 1 is actually making bone broth
Gut Healing Chicken Bone Broth
- Bones from 1-2 whole pasture raised chickens (that have been previously roasted)
- 2-3 carrots
- 1 onion
- 2 stalks of celery
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
Crockpot Instructions: Add all ingredients to the crockpot. Do not add salt at this time- I prefer to wait until after I’ve made my broth to add salt to taste. Fill crockpot with water up to max fill line and put on high for 4 hours then low for 4-24 hours (or longer). You may need to replace some of the water once or twice. Once done, strain using a fine metal strainer. Once cool, store in glass mason jars.
Instant pot Instructions: Add all ingredients to instant pot. Fill water to 1 inch below max fill line. Put on soup setting for 120 minutes. After it’s done, wait for pressure to release which takes about 15 minutes. Strain using a fine metal strainer. Then, once cool, store in glass mason jars.
Now that you have your bone broth strained and bottled up, you can use it to make your latte! I love the addition of turmeric in this recipe because it adds a nice flavor and it’s a great anti-inflammatory compound. If you want to learn more about turmeric you can do so here!
Bone Broth Turmeric Latte
- 1 cup of bone broth
- ¼ teaspoon ginger
- ¼ teaspoon turmeric
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ -1 tbs ghee or grass fed butter
Instructions: Heat up 1 cup of bone broth in a small pot on the stove. Once it is hot and lightly boiling, pour bone broth into blender with other ingredients and blend for about 30 seconds or until ingredients are mixed and frothy.
Now- as a warning- in my Vitamix this was not an issue but in my NutriBullet the turmeric ended up staining the plastic container yellow. So just be aware that if you use your NutriBullet you may now have a yellow container ; )
Let me know if you try it and what you think!