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Baes on Budget: Bone Broth For Digestion & Cellulite ( OH YESSS!! )

 The Skinny Confidential talks diet and fitness.

AHHHHH!!! So according to my editorial calendar today was the day I was going to put out something very exciting, but after literally ten hours ( true life ) in front of the computer today, things weren’t working out how I planned.

That’s life.


Bear with me for one day.

Instead I’ll be launching my New York project tomorrow!! Stay tuned…!

In the meantime you can find me wearing what I call my ‘Depression socks’ ( they’re like these really thick-ass, fuzzy, gross looking, but comfortable socks ) with a gnarly rat’s nest in my hair…in front of the computer.

No biggie though…it’s all good because today I’ve got the first post of the ‘Baes on Budget’ series that I promised you guys.

My first tippity-tip of the series is WEIRD. But super effective: bone broth.

If you’re a vegetarian, I’m sorry! I’ll get ya covered in the next couple of posts.

Really though, bone broth.

When I was in college, I was on a strictttttt budget & only wanted to buy foods that were filled with benefits and nutrients.


So let’s just say I had a CHAMPAGNE TASTE ON A BEER BUDGET.

I freaking hustled my beer budget & made it work though.

That’s why I started this blog in the first place to share my Veuve Clicquot ideas on a Natty Light ( << #TBT ) budget.

A girl’s gotta get creative right?

So my favorite college tip was bone broth. I’d buy some frozen broth at the grocery store ( *** make sure it’s plain bone broth…typically they’re in the frozen section ) & defrost it. Then I’d heat it up in the microwave ( yes, I know, but sometimes ya gotta do what ya gotta do ) or on a stove top in a tea kettle. After that I’d add lemon ( duh ), chili flake, apple cider vinegar, & chopped carrot or herbs. SOOOOooo ta-da: fresh chicken BONE BROTH, college-y soup.

I remembered this tip when I was in NYC because people sip bone broth out of coffee cups ( so jealous it hurts ). Basically the owner of Bone Broth Soup in New York says,

“I want people with coffee cups and sip lids to be walking down the street sipping on broth—not coffee, not tea, not Gatorade,” Canora says, “because of all of the benefits, and also because it’s fucking delicious. There’s something so satisfying about sipping a hot cup of broth that I feel we all need so badly in our lives.”

Now wait.

Uhhh…why bone broth?

The Skinny Confidential talks diet and fitness.

Let me explain:

First off, a little research: this source states that “chicken soup isn’t just good for the soul: there’s a reason that it’s prescribed by doctors and mothers alike when you’re feeling under the weather. All bone broths beef, chicken, fish, lamb, and more are staples in the traditional diets of every culture and the basis of all fine cuisine.

That’s because bone broths are nutrient-dense, easy to digest, rich in flavor and–they boost healing.

Bone broth or stock was a way our ancestors made use of every part of an animal. Bones and marrow, skin and feet, tendons and ligaments that you can’t eat directly, can be boiled then simmered over a period of days. This simmering causes the bones and ligaments to release healing compounds like collagen, proline, glycine, and glutamine that have the power to transform your health.

Nutrition researchers Sally Fallon and Kaayla Daniel of the Weston A. Price Foundation explain that bone broths contain minerals in forms that your body can easily absorb: calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulphur and others. They contain chondroitin sulphates and glucosamine, the compounds sold as pricey supplements to reduce inflammation, arthritis and joint pain.”

P.S. it’s also known as one of the best anti-cellulite treatments…ever. AND IT’S KNOW AS ‘THE BOTOX SUBSTITUTE’ GUYS!

Now I’m not talking about that boxed weird-ass, fake chicken broth at the market. I’m talking about REAL DEAL bone broth.

When you get REAL DEAL bone broth it’s frozen & there’s this odd layer of jiggly stuff. Do NOT, I repeat, do NOT throw that out. Heat that jiggly-jiggle gold up too & drink it! That’s the good stuff, man.

Jiggly gold= COLLAGEN!!!

This article says that “real collagen is the source of stock’s immune-boosting properties. Collagen is the protein found in connective tissue of vertebrate animals. It’s abundant in bone, marrow, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments. The breakdown of collagen in bone broths is what produces gelatin.”

COLLAGEN PRODUCES GELATIN!! Which makes your skin look amazing & is full of amino acids.

And I haven’t done a post on gelatin yet but I have one in the works because GELATIN IS A GOD SENT. IT CONTAINS SOOOO MANY BENEFITS. This is another post for another day but point: don’t get rid of the jiggly stuff on top. Just heat up a little & add lemon & I promise you’ll love it!

If you’re not a college student & want to make this for your kiddos at home, check out this homemade recipe ( it’s one of my favorites ). Sometimes it’s fun to add tons of veggies & actual organic chicken too.

For people making it at home or on-the-go: GUESS WHAT’S THE BEST TIP FOR BONE BROTH? Freeze your broth in ice cube holders so you can have some whenevs, whereevs. Oh, yummmm.

And to college students: find some real deal bone broth at your local health food market, heat in a tea kettle ( or micro ), & gulp it down!! Benefits galore that won’t break the bank. If you want to buy it in bulk it’s about $30 dollars but lasts & lasts & lasts. At the health food store, it’s about $9 bucks & lasts too.

By the way, this stuff is the SHIT when you’re sick. I can’t live without it.

What’s one of your tips for budgeting in college? Would love to know.

– L xx

+ Read about the ancient history of bone broth here.

++ All gelatin details can be found here

    1. I add herbs!! Tons of herbs! And spices. Do you mean the jiggly stuff? I drink it! : ) I will do a post on my at home recipe. x

  1. Cool post, Lauryn. I’ve been thinking about trying bone broth but was a little creeped out by the thought of it, but now that I’ve read your post, I’m sold! (Also, fyi, I live in Austin, TX and bone broth is HUGE here. You will really enjoy Austin if you ever visit :))

  2. Omg it’s so true I am reading this post while waiting for my flight back to Hawaii from Asia! My grandma woke up at 5 am to make me this soup and made me drink it all telling me all the benefits you mentioned! So I was in the first plane with a full bladder lol

  3. Thank you for posting this! I’ve been so interested in bone broth recently and can’t wait to give it a shot. Love the new series!! xx

  4. Bet we’ll see broth incorporated as part of a juice cleanse soon, since those are too “basic” now 😉 Love this recipe too, it’s pretty much the only reason to own a slow cooker, with a ceramic bowl of course, no icky plastic

  5. I have been reading all about the predicted health trends for 2015, and bone broth has been on a few of those lists. They also mentioned the restaurant in NYC Brodo.

  6. amazing post . i like this post very much . it will be very beneficial for me . thank you very much . keep going with this kind of posts .

  7. Things that worked for me in college, and still do, are buying in bulk, always checking the sales at health stores (I got this rad raw cinnamon honey for half off!), shopping for my produce at farmers markets (often cheaper than the grocery store), and of course eating at home the majority of the time.

  8. So cray I was just writing a post on bone broth! My naturopath suggested it to me for my adrenals since they are basically dead so I’ve been drinking it daily and already feel the difference! Thanks for sharing and I am excited for your announcement!!! Xo C

    1. I find mine at my local health food called Jimbo’s. I’m sure Whole Foods has it. Just make sure it’s frozen.

  9. I’ve been hearing about the benefits of bone broth when it comes to digestion for a bit now so I’m so glad you posted about this!!

  10. Hi lovely lady! Just wanted to let you know that all broth is actually made by boiling the bones of the animal (chicken, cow etc). I only mention it because this is actually so cheap and delicious. Buy a rotisserie chicken (normally $5 or $6) pull off all of the meat. Boil the bones in water with roughly chopped carrots, onions, and celery. Cook for at least an hour on a low simmer (longer you cook=more flavor). Use a strainer to filter only the broth, toss in the chicken meat, whatever veggies you like in your soup and voila you have a big ‘ole batch of delicious, homemade, crap free soup (all for under $10). PS love the post — as you know it has been cold as hell in SD this week so I am totally on a broth diet too. So yum!

  11. Sipping on some bone broth that my parents made from leftover Thanksgiving turkey bones right now! I’m from an Asian family, so bone broths are LIFE. There’s a reason why you feel so much better after eating a bowl of pho if you’re sick or hungover.
    Bone broths freeze well, so if you make a batch, keep some in the freezer & move it in down to the fridge a day or 2 before you want to eat it to defrost.

  12. hmmm i don’t know about using chicken feet and necks, what about the spine? My mom would always use the pine to cook the soup and it’s delicious!

  13. Wait so is bone broth the same as chicken broth? Just not a specific animal? If yes, then you somehow made a simple food sound kind of exotic hahah xx

  14. Hi Lauryn,

    HUGGEEEE fan of Bone Broth. Love the taste & the benefits, however no time to make it (have a hard time gathering bones). I’m in the LA area (Santa Monica) and need to find good spots that sell it for a reasonable price. Most places I find (deli’s) are not THAT reasonable and are mostly out of the way… any ideas?

  15. I order my broth from US Wellness Meats ( which seems to have a slightly cheaper broth/gelatin option for those in college, like myself.

  16. Lauryn,

    I’m interested in making this, but all I’m seeing at whole foods is chicken wings, chicken legs, and bone in chicken thighs. What do you recommend using? And do you roast the chicken before simmering in the water? Thanks for the help!


  17. Do you have a recommendation of where to order bone broth online? Our local fresh market and whole foods did not carry it frozen, it only came in a box pre made 🙁

  18. Hi Lauren!

    I absolutely love this! I haven’t tried bone broth yet, but I was wondering- would supplements be a good option as well? M

    I found this particular one online (one of the few that ships to Canada) and before I purchase, I just wanted your opinion.

  19. College student, 1 hour away from the grocery store, in need of some more budget food ideas :/

  20. Thanks for sharing. I can say that I’m one of those people who have experienced the benefits of bone broth. Drinking bone broth helped me with my joint pains and sleeping problems. But it has also helped me improving my look, friends have now been complimenting me with having glowing skin.

  21. Bone broth to me is the ultimate comfort food. When I feel down, I crave for bone broth. Aside from that , it has many health benefits. Even pro athletes are given bone broth to help heal injuries.

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