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Natritional - Woodbridge Farmers Market

 

BEFORE BONE BROTH (B.B.B)

You’ve already heard about bone broth right? If so, then I don’t need to tell you about its benefits, but I will tell you what makes Natritional’s bone broth extra special. If you haven’t had bone broth yet, don’t worry, I was in your shoes not too long ago. 

Let’s go back a few years to a time I refer to as Before Bone Broth (B.B.B) when I was pregnant with my first child and visiting my husband’s brother and his family. My sister-in-law was warming up something that smelled delicious in a pot for her daughter, my beautiful niece. The aroma was familiar, but it seemed different. 

I peeked into the pot and the contents reminded me of chicken stock. I was surprised when a few minutes later my niece was drinking the “stock”. 

IT'S NOT STOCK

I was like “who drinks stock?” To her surprise, my sister-in-law responded “you’ve heard about bone broth right? Like seriously? It’s so good for you… you need to drink bone broth”. The next thing I know she’s making some chicken fried rice with the rest of the broth, and it was delicious. I had to try this thing called bone broth.

After dinner, I took the time to do my own research and started playing around with my own broth recipes. My research was intense and my experiments were numerous. The results were amazing, so I kept going. 

LIFE GOT BUSY

For a brief period, Bone Broth was a staple in my home, then I got busy. In between caring for a newborn and accounting exams, there was little time for slow-cooked superfoods as time was a premium. 

Giving birth to a child is no joke! After childbirth, my hormones were out of whack, and my decades-long battle with acne was at its fiercest. So I decided to chat with a naturopath about it. I wanted an alternative to the pharmaceutical option, which my dermatologist had recommended. During our chat, my naturopath recommends bone broth and tallow. "Bone broth?... I used to drink lots of bone broth, but then you know, life got busy!". 

ALONG CAME A GLOBAL PANDEMIC

So I was back making bone broth. I started using it in my son's meals and he loved it. About a month later, my acne was clearing up and it was too good to be true. To be honest, even my naturopath was surprised. I enjoyed making bone broth and the results I was getting, but then along came the pandemic, lockdown and working from home. 

Before I knew it, I was too busy to make my broth. I didn't want to fall behind on my new regimen. I decided to buy some bone broth from a natural foods store, but with the way my taste buds are set up, I couldn't find anything close enough to my home-brewed broth. I was looking for something bold and flavorful. Tasty enough to drink on its own, and rich enough to retain its flavour if diluted or cooked. 

FROM HOME BREWED TO TASTE TESTS

I made up my mind to make a big batch and freeze it because who knew how long this pandemic and lockdown would last. I talked to my farmer, got a ton of bones and some fresh vegetables. Let's say I got a bit carried away and made more than I could store in my small freezer. 

I decided to share it with my sister-in-law. I knew that I was on to something with the recipe, so I thought to have some fun and ask her to do a blind taste test. She picked mine out of the three other brands sold in stores. My niece was next. She is the harshest food critic and is quick to respond with a "yuck!" if she doesn't like something, but I was elated when she replied with a "yum!" 

LET’S SEE WHAT OTHERS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT IT

Fast forward to September 2020, armed with the stamp of approval of my niece, I launched my bone broth at the Woodbridge Farmers Market. The feedback since we started has been amazing! 

It turns out that bone broth is not only delicious, it’s also good for you. I just had to learn that first-hand for myself, and now I am ready to share it with you.

Now it's your turn! I'm confident you'll love it too, welcome to the Natritional way of life that is all about whole foods to keep you well-nourished.