It’s warming up outside for most of us, so the last thing on our minds is a steaming mug of bone broth.
We get it — bone broth hasn’t quite reached coffee status, or the point at which people will drink a hot cup of Joe no matter how scorching it is outside. BUT, did you know there are tons of ways to use broth to keep cool during the summertime, and to stave off those miserable summer colds? That’s right — bone broth isn’t just for warming up the winter months. There’s no wrong time to start making and enjoying the multitudinous benefits of bone broth.
Here are five of our favorite ways to enjoy bone broth all summer long.
Bone Broth Smoothies. Yup, you read that right. Our Instant Bone Broth makes an excellent addition to practically any smoothie. Its protein and collagen helps give the smoothie mixture a creamy mouthfeel, and its flavor is typically mild enough that it doesn’t interfere with the other flavors. In fact, if you use a lot of greens in your smoothie, bone broth complements them. If you’re using fruit, the sweetness will overpower the flavor of the broth, but you’ll still get to enjoy all of its health benefits. A general rule of thumb is to substitute broth wherever you might add a liquid, such as coconut milk or fruit juice. You can even freeze your bone broth into ice cubes that you throw into the blender with the other ingredients. You’ll end up with a richer, more flavorful end product. Here’s a few of our favorite bone broth smoothie recipes:
- Beet, Ginger & Coconut Bone Broth Smoothie
- Chocolate Almond Butter and Chia Smoothie
- Peach and Coconut Bone Broth Smoothie
- Carrot and Orange Bone Broth Smoothie
Bone Broth Popsicles. Say what? Have you ever added salt to a green apple to make it taste sweeter? The same idea applies here. Blend bone broth with your favorite juice to cut the sugar content while boosting the overall flavor and nutrition. The kids love making bone broth popsicles throughout the summer, just swap out the juice and berries to change things up!
Cold Soups or Gazpacho. This is one of our absolute favorite ways to use our Classic Bone Broth. There are few things more refreshing than a chilled summer soup, which is basically just a salad in a bowl. And you can take it to the next level by incorporating bone broth into the recipe where you would otherwise use water or conventional broth. Traditionally, gazpachos were tomato-based and did not include broth. But nowadays, the concept has evolved to include a host of vegetable and fruit bases, and ingredients such as broth to round out and embolden the flavors, and make the dish more filling. Check out our favorite chilled soups recipes:
Cook with it. You don’t stop eating during the warmer months, do you? Then you still have plenty of opportunities to incorporate bone broth into your diet. Sauté your vegetables in it, add it to your mashed potatoes, cook your grains with it, braise your chicken in it and make your favorite condiments and sauces using bone broth. The possibilities are endless, but here are a few of our favorites:
Bone Broth Cocktails. This one might sound like the craziest idea of them all, but have you ever had a Bloody Mary? Bone broth cocktails are the same concept: Savory, sippable beverages that offer an alternative to the cloying sweetness of so many mixed drinks. Bone broth has in fact given momentum to the trendy bullshot cocktail that’s taking the night life in Los Angeles and other major cities by storm. Like with broth, this is hardly a brand-new invention. It’s just the old becoming new again.
What’s your favorite way to enjoy broth during the summer? Share your ideas in the comments below or tag us on Instagram!