A decade ago, you might have had to drive an hour to the nearest health food store to track down quinoa or almond milk. And a few years ago, the only way you’d be able to sip a warm mug of bone broth was if you made it yourself.
But it’s 2017, and the times, they are a-changin’. Practically every supermarket in the country stocks once-unusual “health” foods like whole grains and nondairy milks. And you no longer have to slave over a bubbling cauldron in order to reap bone broth’s many benefits.
Which is great, because making bone broth from scratch is kind of time-intensive. Extracting maximum nutrition from the bones calls for a serious simmering process—usually 24 hours or more. And if you’re like most people, the only time you might be at home for that long of a stretch is during a blizzard.
Here are 4 easier ways to enjoy all the good stuff that bone broth has to offer.
Have someone else make it for you.
As in, hit up your local natural foods store. (Though if you have a family member or friend who’s willing to make you bone broth from scratch, by all means, take advantage!) Brands like Kettle & Fire and Bare Bones make grass-fed beef bone broth that’s slow simmered, so it packs the same collagen, protein, and amino acids as they stuff you’d make at home.
Add it to your smoothie.
Bone broth protein powders are the hybrid supplement that dreams are made of. Ancient Nutrition’s Bone Broth Protein Powder serves up 20g protein per serving, along with bone broth co-factors like collagen, glucosamine, chondroitin, hyaluronic acid, and electrolyte minerals. And it comes in flavors like chocolate and vanilla—so you can add it to blended drinks, oatmeal, and even baked goods.
Try a supplement.
The glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate in bone broth can help fight inflammation and ease achy joints, while the hydrolyzed collagen promotes firmer, more youthful skin. But both of those benefits are easy to reap from a quality supplement, too. Try Now Foods Glucosamine & Chondroitin with MSM or Sports Research Pure Hydrolized Collagen Peptides.
Eat other foods that deliver the same nutrients.
Not into loading up on packaged foods and supplements? If you sip bone broth to get more bone-boosting minerals like calcium, potassium, and magnesium, you’re in luck: There are plenty of other foods that serve up those nutrients. You’ll get a boatload of calcium from low-fat dairy products like milk, Greek yogurt, and cottage cheese, and potassium from bananas, sweet potatoes, avocado, and white beans. If you’re after magnesium, try leafy greens, almonds, pumpkin seeds, or fatty fish like salmon.
The article 4 Ways To Get The Healing Power Of Bone Broth Without Actually Making It originally appeared on Prevention.