chicken broth MSGDo you buy chicken broth labeled “No MSG” on the tetrapak or can  from the store thinking this is a safe and healthy option for homemade soups you make at home?

Maybe you even go to the trouble and expense of buying chicken broth from the healthfood store that is labeled free range and organic believing this is a quality choice for your family.

By Fitness Editor Paula Jager, CSCS

As a fitness professional, I have found homemade bone broths to be a great source of protein elements not found in the typical consumption of primarily “muscle meats” sought by most exercise enthusiasts. Many people seek to eat only boneless, skinless (and tasteless) chicken breasts while ignoring the rest of the animal.

barbecue bone brothA tummy bug is going around our local community at the moment, so it’s no surprise that our family is going through a lot of homemade broth to shore up our resistance and/or ensure rapid recovery should it come a-knocking at our door!

The copious amounts of natural gelatin in broth,

benefits of gelatinOne of the main reasons to learn how to make bone broth as a base for homemade soups and sauces is to supply hydrophilic colloids to the diet. This opens up the door to obtaining the numerous benefits of gelatin to health.

The hydrophilic nature of the gelatin in homemade meat broths has the unusual property of attracting digestive juices to itself.

I love roast eggplant and so does my husband, but I have to admit my kids hate it.  I think it’s a texture thing – the eggplant just gets so mushy after you cook it that the kids can’t get past it to discover the amazing flavor!

So, when I got a ton of Indian,

squash and tomato soup recipeToday I’m posting the recipe for one of my husband’s favorite dishes: squash and tomato soup. This particular soup recipe is very hearty and serves as a meal in itself. I like to serve garlic bread with it.

It is also a bit spicy from the sun dried tomatoes, so if you prefer bland soups,

bacon greaseAh, potato soup – yes, even including the bacon grease (as opposed to rendered lard) – is my “go to” soup when I need something warm, comforting and delicious for dinner at a moment’s notice. This soup is  also a great way to get loads of healthy fats into your friends and family without them even knowing what is happening!

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