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How to Drink Bone Broth: Ways to Warm Up Your Day


Bone broth is made using water, collagen-rich bones (typically beef or chicken), salt and vegetables or seasonings. Because of its deep flavor and wholesome appeal, bone broth is sometimes sipped as part of a daily meditation routine. Many people drink bone broth when they’re sick or as daily nourishment.

You, too can make bone broth an intentional part of your day. Read on for the many ways to enjoy it as a drink or in a dish.

Making bone broth a part of your day

Bone broth can be a key ingredient in an intentional, balanced lifestyle. Here are ways to incorporate it into your routine.

Fire up your senses

Having a cup of bone broth right away in the morning can wake up your dormant tastebuds and alert your senses. Enjoy it before or after a brisk morning walk, or bring it in your travel mug as you drop the kids off or run other errands. While it doesn’t contain caffeine like your morning up of coffee, it’ll help you feel nourished and ready for the rest of the day!

Enjoy a mindful moment sip by sip

We’re big advocates for taking small moments of rest throughout the day. A cup of bone broth is an ideal way to refresh your body and mind, and it only takes a few minutes to heat. Intentionally enjoy warm sips as you do a quick meditation or step outside for some fresh air.

Warm up your day

There’s nothing better than stepping into the warmth of your home after a day of errands, work and juggling the tasks of life. Elevate the warmth of your home with a flavorful cup of broth. Having a cup a day at the end of your workday can help you relax and rejuvenate to start your evening.

How to enhance bone broth’s natural flavor

The natural umami flavor of bone broth is delicious on its own, but there are ways to enhance the flavor of premade bone broth while adding your own touch. Let’s look at a few of the most popular ways to do this.

Dried seasonings

This is one of the easiest ways to customize bone broth with what you have on hand. Like any great soup or tasty dish, it all comes down to the seasonings and spices. If you want to deepen the flavors with a smoky kick, add some paprika or crushed red pepper. If you like zest, try adding ginger and garlic. And, of course, a hint of additional salt or pepper can bring out and enhance the natural flavors of the broth.

Fresh vegetables and herbs

Simmering vegetables or herbs in bone broth can add even more fresh flavors. We love adding savory flavors, like in this recipe for Garlic and Rosemary Fatty Bone Broth. You could also focus on bright, zesty flavors as we do in this hot Lemon & Ginger Chicken Bone Broth Toddy.

Experiment to find what you love

There are no wrong seasonings or flavors, so find a recipe that works for you. There are so many flavor combinations that feel fun and nourishing that you’re sure to find a few to add to your broth rotation.

To get started, we’d recommend trying one of these delicious twists on traditional bone broth flavor:

Incorporating bone broth into other dishes

While we love drinking bone broth by itself, there are times when you want something a little different. Luckily, there are a lot of easy options to incorporate bone broth into your diet in other ways.

You can use bone broth in many places you’d normally use water to add rich flavor to your dishes. Here are some ideas:

  • Cooking rice, quinoa and other grains: Instead of filling a pot with water, fill it with bone broth. All the flavor of the broth will be absorbed by grains as they cook. We do this in our bone broth bowls as well as mac and cheese.
  • Sautéing vegetables: Bone broth is a great start to any dish where you sauté and then roast, like these Garlic Roasted Potatoes with Bone Broth or Roasted Carrots with Bone Broth and Maple.
  • Poaching and blending: Next time you make a recipe that involves poaching, try using bone broth instead of water. This also works great when you’re pureeing vegetables, like mashed potatoes or cauliflower, because the broth serves as a liquid base.
  • As a base for soups, stews and more: These dishes really shine when they have a base of flavorful bone broth that all the meat and vegetables can join. Or maybe you prefer one that focuses on broth and just one more strong flavor, like in this Garlic Soup with Beef Bone Broth.

A few of our favorite recipes that include bone broth

So many of our favorite recipes use bone broth; it’s difficult to pick just a few! Here are three very different ways you can use bone broth in a meal:

Common questions about drinking bone broth

Do you still have questions about how to drink bone broth? We’ve got answers.

What’s the best way to heat up bone broth?

There is no “right” way to heat up bone broth, but we definitely prefer simmering on the stovetop to any other method, particularly if you’re adding herbs or vegetables. This gives the flavors time to meld with each other.

Is there a right amount of bone broth to drink daily?

We encourage people to experiment and find what works best for their lifestyle. Some enjoy a cup once a week; others drink more than that every day. Whatever makes you feel like your best self is the right amount for you!

What’s the best way to season bone broth?

No matter what kinds of seasonings you’re using, first sip the broth on its own to taste it. (Maybe you just want to drink it straight.) 

If you do want seasonings, start with a small amount. Heat for a few minutes and taste it again. If it needs more flavor, add a pinch more. 

Too much seasoning will overwhelm the broth. Adding small amounts will build the flavor over time.

Nourish your body and soul with flavorful bone broth.

Bone broth is an easy, tasty way to refresh yourself physically, mentally and spiritually. Stock up on bone broth now so you can start enjoying those self-care moments every day.