What's the Bone on Broth?
My experience with Bo & Marrow's broth and cleanse. (Please note this post is my personal opinion and no way endorsed by Bo & Marrow)
When I worked as a Correctional Officer in Nunavut, the offenders used to love when they would get caribou bone broth. I never tried any because at the time, it grossed me out seeing furry hooves being boiled along with other parts of the carcass. The Inuit are very strong in their traditions and beliefs and swore that the broth was healing and necessary for all of your vitamins and minerals. Even with that, I could not be convinced to try any.
Fast forward a year later, my acupuncturist is telling me I need to be drinking more bone broth to help with my digestion. Taking the picture I had in my mind aside, I started googling bone broths and found Bo & Marrow.
I love supporting local so when I saw they were local to Edmonton, I was sold. Also, their ingredients are all locally sourced with pasture raised chickens, grass fed/finished beef and organic veggies so your double supporting the local movement.
Bone broth is made from animal bones, vegetables and spices. It is slow simmered for more than 20 hours and is high in protein, minerals, collagen and other healing nutrients. Bo and Marrow’s broth also includes apple cider vinegar and himalayan sea salt. It can help with digestion, increasing energy levels, skin, pain relief, surgery recovery and balancing hormones.*
Last week, I decided to try Bo and Marrow’s broth cleanse to see what it was all about. The reviews were all good and I am supposed to be drinking it daily to aid with my digestion, so thought this was the perfect opportunity. It arrived within a few days of ordering with detailed information on what to do.
Their cleanse is very straightforward and easy to follow. It’s 5 days of broth - 2 bags a day and the days differ between beef, chicken and chicken infused with Chinese herbs to aid in digestion.
I started last Monday and quickly replaced my morning green tea with a cup of broth. Surprisingly, not only was it delicious but it was filling. Their broths have an average of 10 grams of protein in a cup and only about 30 calories.
With their cleanse, you are allowed to eat clean foods as well. They advise to stay away from carbs and sugars.
Here is an example of how one of my days looked:
7 am - no more green tea, cup of broth instead (I chose not to drink caffeine during the cleanse)
10 am - cup of broth
11:30 am - vegetarian soup and a cup of broth
3:00 pm - cup of broth
5:30 pm - bbq’d salmon with roasted asparagus
8:00 pm - cup of broth with Sleeping Beauty Herbal Elixir (Made by Lauren Mary Holistics - another local company - this was extra on top of the cleanse but highly worth it at $25)
For the most part, the broth kept me full throughout the day. If I got hungry, I would have another cup of broth and be good to go.
I could not believe how good I felt. I had lots of energy and continued to do yoga and workout with no issues and did not feel weak.
After 5 days, I lost about 6 lbs in total and I even had enjoyed a couple of glasses of wine during the cleanse. I was less bloated and felt strong which personally, is a rare feeling during a cleanse. (I forgot to take a picture before I started and by day 2, I had already noticed a difference so didn't want to take one then.)
This cleanse was one of the easiest ones I’ve ever done, as it satisfied all my cravings. I really didn’t feel like I was missing out on things because the broth was filling and full of flavour. It’s nice that you’re still able to eat regular foods as long as they’re clean and healthy.
I would definitely do another one of their cleanses and in fact, plan to permanently replace my green tea with a cup of broth in the morning. I just can’t decide if I like the chicken or the beef better because they’re both so tasty!
The investment for the Bo & Marrow cleanse is $119 which gives you 10 bags of broth and all the instructions. If you are a new customer, you get 15% off for your first order so take advantage of this. Lastly, delivery is only $12 within the Edmonton city limits. Unfortunately, Spruce Grove is not included but the shipping was still very reasonable.
Other tried and true flavours:
Pho Real. My husband and I were so impressed with this one as well. Since returning from our trip to Vietnam last fall, we have been searching for a authentic Pho broth to make our own at home. Bo and Marrow’s broth doesn’t compare to the other (terrible) broths out there on the market and so far this has been the closest we could find.
The Ruff Life. We have two goldendoodles and they refuse to eat their kibble without a little something something delicious ;) They love the ruff life which has beef, sweet potato and apple cider vinegar.
We are looking forward to trying their Vegan broth next. All this to say, we have been transformed into a brothing family and love that we can support local companies and feel great. #brothwithme
Please ask any questions you have and I would love to help, based on my experience.
* taken from boandmarrow.com