Move over, kale juice. Just in time for winter weight loss, there's a new hot drink in town: bone broth!
And its restorative powers are attracting everyone from diet guru Gwyneth Paltrow, who gave the mineral-rich soup a shout-out on GOOP, to devotees who line up at NYC's trendiest storefront Brodo, where cups of organic chicken and gingered grass-fed beef stock sell from $4 to $9.
An example of bone broth soup with fresh herbs on top. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Research shows the gelatin (or collagen) boiled out of animal bones can aid in digestion and joint pain — and beautifies nails, hair and skin, explains celebrity nutritionist Wendy Bazilian, DrPH, RD.
Even better, it can melt pounds! "I've had clients who've added bone broth while trying to lose weight who've found that it's not only really filling, but we see inches and pounds come off steadily," notes Dr. Bazilian.
Bones should come from pasture-raised, hormone-free chicken, beef or fish; be simmered for a minimum of 12 to 24 hours and cooked with apple cider vinegar to draw out maximum minerals.
"By sipping two servings of quality broth a day and following a low-calorie menu, you can lose up to four pounds a week without feeling hungry," says Dr. Bazilian.
Finally, a Gwyneth diet we can actually drink!
For more on Gwyneth Paltrow's new craze, pick up this week's issue of 'Life & Style,' on newsstands now!