Remember the first time you had a green juice? If you were anything like me, you scoffed at drinking your salad until you couldn’t throw a pebble without hitting a juice bar. It became de rigueur to have a cold cup of kale after yoga class (one that costs more than dry cleaning a Prada blouse). Plus, cute, health-conscious boys could be there sucking down some wheat grass. What isn’t hot about that? Even though at first I fought it, I now say, “Apple, kale, cucumber with a little lemon”, like I grew up sucking it from my mother’s teat. Truth: it’s pretty damn delicious. Now that we’ve succumbed to green juice, what else is coming around the corner? Why could it be… hot meat juice?
Because macerated veggies in liquid form wasn’t healthy enough, the gods of all things sprouted and organic have decreed that the next trendy, all-consuming new health food shall be (read in booming, God-like voice): Bone Broth. This is nothing new to grandmas around the world or…Gwyneth Paltrow (obvs).
None the less, we too shall suck the marrow dry of the broth bacchanalia. But is this broth simply green juice in a meat-flavored suit? Let’s take a closer look at the advantages of leafy greens and its meatier sister.
Both bone broth and green juices can contain ginger. This not only aids in digestion but is an anti-inflammatory. Plus, it tastes great. If you have tummy trouble, bone broth with ginger is healing to your gut and one of the best things to eat if you have IBS, food sensitivities, or just partied too hard the night before. Bone broth, unlike green juice, is silly with gelatin and collagen, which help to repair and heal the intestinal tract, soothe the digestive system and heal your gut.
There’s nothing like joint cartilage to heal joint pain. It’s a little like cannibalism; it sounds like a zombie comic book but it’s less gory and actually true. Glucosamine is part of health, normal, cartilage and found in many joint pain supplements, and found in bone broth. Juicing concentrates the healthful compounds in plants, allowing the benefits to be metabolized more effectively than by eating the fruit or veggie whole. Here are some of nature’s candy that may increase joint mobility and reduce swelling: pineapple, papaya, blueberries, grapefruit, spinach, collard greens, kale, pears, apples, carrots and beets to name a few. But if joint relief is really more of what you’re looking for, get something meatier and broth it up.
Bone Broth is allegedly also fab for your skin, hair and nails. This is an added bonus in the cold, windy, winter in the city. Maybe I can stop spending so much money on beauty products and just drink bone broth instead (she says as she crosses her fingers and hopes for a miracle)?
These meaty juices have amino acids, collagen (which is in practically every skin product ever and in your skin), minerals like magnesium, potassium, calcium, glucosamine and gelatin. Do meat’s counterpart veggies contain such wonders? Yes. Yes, they do. Carrots have an insane amount of vitamin A otherwise known as beta-carotene. This is a mega antioxidant along with Vitamin A vitamin C, which produces collagen for supporting skin elasticity. Kale, beets and parsley are runners up in the “we can replace your La Mer moisturizer”. Just kidding. I can’t afford La Mer. I also can’t afford $11.50 for an organic veggie juice at Juice Press every day, but here we are.
As we all know from Grandma’s Famous Chicken Soup, broth is known for strengthening for you immune system. There’s a real reason for eating chicken soup when you’re sick –besides an excuse to get a pastrami special delivered from Second Avenue Deli while you wallow on the couch. Broth is said to ease inflammation because of the vast array of nutrients that are necessary for every bodily function (yes, even pooping). So next time you’re feeling constipated, suck down some bone broth and let things start to flow. Most of the veggies that broths contain are high in vitamins that help bolster the immune system. Also there’s that ginger, which is technically a root and also in bone broth and is the superhero of reducing inflammation.
Here’s the thing though. A small cup of broth is $5.50. I could get a large coffee and a bagel with cream cheese for that. Which, by the way, is also comfort food.
Marco Canora, who owns Brodo, a broth-only take out window in Manhattan’s East Village, is quietly usurping the many juice joints that dot the neighborhood, nay- all of Manhattan- with his organic, grass-fed bone juice. He claims a daily chug of bone broth helped his recovery from his bad habits of drinking too much booze and smoking too many cigarettes. So is bone broth the holy grail of foods? Can it get me a healthy relationship and an engagement ring too? Isn’t this putting too much pressure on hot meat juice? I mean, isn’t bone broth is just soup stock with a different package? I guess so, but if it can make your hair shinier, I’ll give it a try.
It’s said that 1 to 2 cups a day, combined with traditional fats like butter, coconut oil and beef tallow, can prevent wrinkles. It will also make your breath smell like a barn, but hey – a small sacrifice for the fountain of youth. However, I don’t want to ruin this for you kiddies out there, but the trendiest food of 2016 is soup. Weird, right?