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Comfort by the Cup

Comfort by the Cup

by Health & Wellness Retailer Magazine, pages 17-18

Soup has long been considered a comfort food. In fact, many people rely on broths, bisques, and bouillabaisses to help them get through a bout of a cold or the chilliest winter months. It warms from the inside out and is the perfect accompaniment to a salad or your favourite sandwich. Alone or as a side dish, with a good book or a slice of homemade bread, soup is a staple in many people’s lives for both comfort and wellness.

Hot liquids, in general, help to keep the body hydrated, soothe a sore throat and can relieve nasal congestion. In fact, chicken soup, in particular, is notoriously associated with cold and flu recovery because chicken contains an amino acid called cysteine, which is released when made into broth. Dr. Christian Brix of BONED Broth says, “Cysteine is an amino acid that helps improve communication in our immune cells, which aids in the body’s healing process.”

According to The Dieticians of Canada, “Many foods in our diet can be filled with sodium, and too much salt can raise your blood pressure, as sodium draws water from the body to the veins, leaving your body vulnerable to dehydration. Dehydration can lead to unclear thinking, mood changes, digestive issues, and other health issues.”

In other words, consuming soup is not only beneficial for a person’s emotional state; it’s good for the body too.

Dieticians of Canada advise, “Not only is soup perfect for staying cozy and healthy, but soup made with bone broth is rich in minerals that support the immune system and feature collagen, which has been shown to help heal the gut lining from damage; in addition, bone broth has been known to help to make your skin glow and reduce joint pain as well as support digestive health.”

BONED Broth has recently undergone a rebranding, coming back to market as the only federally certified organic brand of bone broth in Canada. BONED Broth was born from co-owner grandma Marie’s Slovakian family recipes, brought over from the old country. She and Dr. Christian Brix along with board member, Dr. Jennifer Dyck, naturopathic doctor remain committed to not only producing the freshest, and most nutrient-packed broths, but also to share the education about the benefits of broth. And, with a new kitchen in Vancouver’s lower mainland, supply demands will not be an issue. “Our greatest challenge was getting the best quality bones. But we have found them,” he says, “and we are more prepared than ever to deliver the best possible bone broth.”

He goes on, “One of the most popular movements in the world of nutrition these days is to follow a Keto or Paleo diet. Bone broth is a superstar for anyone wanting to adhere to a Keto/Paleo program.”

Dr. Brix and Dr. Dyck lecture together, spreading the word about the health benefits and medical upside to regularly consuming bone broth.

Read the whole article in this Fall 2018 edition of Health & Wellness Retailer Magazine, pages 17-18

10 Delicious Dinner Recipes Using Bone Broth

10 Delicious Dinner Recipes Using Bone Broth

 

Regardless of flavor, bone broth (essentially a long-cooked stock) is super versatile and can be used in place of traditional broth or stock, and sometimes even water, to leave meals with a deeper, richer taste. Whether you have a little or a lot, here are 10 ways to work bone broth into your dinner.

 

1. Gingery Poached Egg Soup

This simple, soothing soup is a miracle meal that’s easy enough to pull together on those nights you really don’t want to cook. The eggs are poached in the broth and you can use whatever greens you have on hand.

 

(Image credit: Christine Han)

 

2. Weeknight Rotisserie Chicken and Gnocchi Soup

Soup is perhaps the simplest way to put a lot of bone broth to work. Even if you have beef bone broth, don’t hesitate to use it for this weeknight soup; it adds a rich and delicious twist to classic chicken soup.

(Image credit: Jerrelle Guy)

 

3. Cheesy Panade with Swiss Chard, Beans & Sausage

Panande is basically a French bread stew, studded with beans, greens, and sausage. It’s also a little bit brothy, like French onion soup. I’m partial to beef bone broth in this recipe for a deeper flavor, although chicken bone broth makes for absolutely delicious results as well.

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

 

4. Tomato-Basil Chicken and Rice

Cooking rice in broth is always a good idea, as it’s a simple way to bring even more flavor to dinner. In this skillet dinner, both the chicken and the rice simmer in the broth for a rich flavor.

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

 

5. Farmers Market Risotto

If you have a big stash of bone broth, risotto is always a great option to consider, as it can be used in place of traditional broth. This veggie-packed rice dish can come together with whatever veggies you have in the crisper.

(Image credit: Guy Ambrosino)

 

6. Braised French Onion Chicken with Gruyère

If you have a pack of chicken thighs handy, a braise is a great way to incorporate bone broth into dinner. Here it’s used to deglaze the caramelized onions and stew the chicken.

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

 

7. Tomato-Braised Lentils with Broccoli Rabe

Swap the traditional chicken broth with any type of bone broth to pack even more flavor into this pot of creamy lentils.

(Image credit: Kimberley Hasselbrink)

 

8. How To Cook Simple & Tasty Slow Cooker Chili

Like soup, bone broth (chicken or beef) can always be used to give your chili an upgrade. This version browns the meat on the stovetop, then simmers in the slow cooker all day long.

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

 

9. One-Pan BBQ Chicken Burrito Bowls

The only thing better than burrito bowls for dinner is when the whole meal comes together in a single pot. Easy cooking and easy cleanup! Swap any type of bone broth for the chicken stock in the recipe and see how this recipe doubles in flavor.

 (Image credit: Maria Siriano)

 

10. Warm Bulgur and Lentil Salad with Roasted Shrimp

Bone broth can be used in place of water when cooking any type of grains, rice, and lentils. Here, use it in place of the traditional broth and all or part of the water.

(Image credit: Melissa Ryan)
The Best of the Broths Breakfast Soup

The Best of the Broths Breakfast Soup

We often get asked which of our broths is better.  Our answers are always chicken or beef which is completely dependent on why someone is interested in broth but naturally we think both our grassfed beef and chicken broths are the best!  But seriously, chicken and beef broth are great for different reasons.

For one, beef bone broth gives you more energy.  That’s not to say that chicken broth doesn’t but when you compare the two people definitely report a bigger boost from beef broth vs chicken.  Beef broth is also higher in minerals like calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and sulfur.  Chicken on the other hand, is easier to digest.  This is always our recommendation when people are experiencing problems along the lines of Crohns, leaky gut or acid reflux.

Depending on the brand of broth you use or the bones you use to make your own, chicken tends to be the higher protein content when it includes the chicken feet which are super rich in collagen.  That being said, if you are looking for protein our Beef Boned Broth is 5 times the amount of protein in one pint in spite of the fact that we use chicken feet for our chicken broth.  Of course, that means that chicken and beef are both great bets for skin, hair, nail and collagen deficiency.

Finally, chicken broth is a magic bullet when it comes to immunity and respiratory illness.  Your grandma wasn’t messing around when she fed you chicken broth for your flu or cold.  Chicken broth can break through the mucous membrane and help fix an illness of that type quicker.

As you can see, there is no picking the healthier of the two.  Both have amazing benefits and it’s basically impossible not to improve your immunity, skin, joint and bone health by adding this superfood to your diet.

That leads us to today’s soup recipe.  Sometimes we cannot for the life of us decide which broth we are in the mood for especially when we feel optimal and we are not looking for a beef or chicken exclusive benefit.  So we make a soup with one of each!

The Best of the Broths Breakfast Soup, makes 6 servings

 

  • 1 pint of BONED Chicken Broth, frozen or defrosted
  • 1 pint of BONED Beef Broth, frozen or defrosted
  • 1 lb potatoes, cubed
  • 4 or more eggs
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, diced
  • 4 tablespoons grass-fed butter
  • 2 teaspoons turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt
  • freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 or 2 scallions, sliced into small discs

 

Melt butter in saucepan over medium low heat, add onions and cook for 5 minutes.  Add garlic, and cook for an additional 5 minutes.  Add turmeric, salt and freshly ground pepper.

Add chicken and beef broth to pan.  If frozen, crank the heat till defrosted and then reduce heat to medium low and add potatoes to cook until tender, about 10-15 minutes.  If not continue to adding potatoes and cook until tender, about 10-15 minutes.  Reduce heat to a slight simmer, break eggs gently adding them into soup, cover and cook for about 5 minutes or until eggs are desired level or cooked.

Ladle into a bowl and add scallions on ready to serve soup.  Enjoy!

When it comes time to add the eggs we sometimes only use 1-2 for one meal, scoop out what we want and save the rest of the soup for next day’s breakfast or snack.  We reheat and add the eggs then cause it’s just so much more delicious when they are freshly cooked.

We hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do.  We couldn’t resist making some and posting this week since we returned from a visit to a friend’s farm and returned with farm fresh eggs.  YUM!

 


Credits // Author and Photography: Suzanne Serwatuk

CHFA East 2017

CHFA East 2017

We are extremely excited to be returning to the CHFA East on Saturday September 16th and Sunday September 17th 2017, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

“The path to retail excellence begins at CHFA East.  Discover the latest trends and new product offerings from 850 exhibiting companies.  Enjoy big savings on show specials, sample product to your heart’s content and make new business connections.  Whether you are sourcing natural health products or specialty foods like organic, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, kosher or halal – it’s all here at CHFA East!”.

If you are looking to see our products on the retail shelf near you in Eastern Canada, send a note to the local grocery buyers at your favourite grocery stores and let them know by including a link to this post!  We’ll be in Booth #1100.  We can’t wait to meet and greet all the fabulous health-preneurs and foodies representing the best in grocery and independent retail in your neck of the woods.  We’ll be showing all our new and current retail suppliers how we sip it and soup it with some fun recipes featuring our Boned Broths.

Can’t wait?  Check out our Store Locator here to see all the stores that are currently carrying Boned Broth products.  You can also sign up for our Newsletter below for any updates, recipes, informative product write ups or new store location announcements!

See you soon Toronto!

Ironman Canada 2017

Ironman Canada 2017

We had been to Whistler before but we had never seen Whistler like this.  The small ski town that is always buzzing with tourists and travelers not only transforms into the IRONMAN hive when the race comes to town, but an epicenter of inspiration and spirit.  It was as if every single resident of every age was on a sideline cheering if they weren’t volunteering at transition stations or passing out water, energy drinks and when the time came, our Boned Broth at the aide stations.

We came to Whistler in July 2017 for our first partnership with IRONMAN hoping to educate the athletes but mostly to provide a quality bone broth on the course that was so much more than the usual basic stock or bouillon that they receive.  Our BC based business came and did what we set out to do, but the boost to our spirit that we received from participating has been the nutrient dense supplement boost that we needed.

SWIM

We were up at the crack of dawn and rode the athletes and VIP bus over to the lake.  The rising sun could not have been more beautiful and a little hot broth on the dock as the rolling starts to the Pro Women’s, IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 all began.  The amazing head start from BC Pro Athlete Rachel McBride on the swim had us reeling with excitement and the array of athletes showed no boundaries.  The mood was fuel in itself.

BIKE

The transition from swim to bike was the first stop to where the organization and the amount of volunteers to run the IRONMAN really started to show its true efficiency.  If we could have predicted the beautiful moments that we would capture with our eyes we may never have put our camera down.  From the mom that stopped to kiss her husband and baby to the pure energy of the athletes’ entourages that were there every step of the way.  We were absolutely in the midst of awesomeness.

RUN

The above pic of the little girl volunteer passing the cup of water to the female athlete has to be one of our absolute faves!  This is where the hardcore volunteers came to play!  The kids that were at our tent handing out cool drinks for the first half and our broth later on were phenomenal bundles of energy and enthusiasm.  They proudly scooped up cup after cup from the table and clearly shouted out the contents of each cup to ensure each runner was fueled with the exact right drink.  They were relentless and fierce and didn’t let down for one second   fearing one athlete might pass them by.  It was pure magic to see such passion and commitment from all the volunteers.

In the end, it was Linsey Corbin that took the lead and was the Ironman Champion in Whistler with Rachel McBride following close up in 3rd place.  YAY BC!   The place to be is definitely the finish line!  The expressions, the support, the triumph!  Here’s what Linsey Corbin posted recently on her blog about the race (also check out the little video on her website here):

 

“We put ourselves in a vulnerable position when we start a race, putting it all on the line after so much work goes into a single day.  You have to not be afraid to fail and that takes courage.  I have failed many times over my career, and to put it bluntly:  it sucks.  Those are the days that build character, thicken your skin, and show what you are made of.  Those are also the days that make Sunday all the more special for me.  I encourage everyone to find something you are passionate about that gets you out of bed everyday, chase that dream and don’t stop until you get there.  If you fail short of your goals, don’t let that stop you.  Keep working hard, keep chasing, stay the course, if you fail – dust yourself off to get back up again and have some fun along the way.  The spirit of Ironman is “Anything is Possible” and I truly believe that if you put your mind to it, anything IS possible.”

We won’t even both saying that we couldn’t have said it better ourselves.  We can’t.  We’re not IRONMANS… yet!

 

LOVE

What an incredible experience it has been to attend and sponsor an IRONMAN event in beautiful Whistler BC in the summer of 2017.  We absolutely want to say a big thank you to the coordinators, especially Sean and Morgan on site and Brett behind the scenes.

It was a fantastic experience connecting with all you amazing athletes, vendors (check out our inspiring neighbours in the IRONMAN Village Naak Bars and 1st Endurance Canada) and volunteers and we would absolutely love to return again.  Thanks also to Olives Community Market in Function Junction for being the go-to place in Whistler that currently carries Boned and one final thank you to The Green Moustache for keeping us full of delicious smoothie bowls and other goodies between cups of broth and connection.  A definite place to go if you are in the village!

 

Broth on!


Credits // Author and Photography: Suzanne Serwatuk