JENNY SLEATH'S WEEK OF BROTH
Please tell us a bit about yourself
My name is Jen and I am the founder / director of Lifebox Food Co Ltd - a healthy eating subscription box company designed to introduce you to all the latest wholefood snacks, ingredients, drinks, recipes and more to enhance or support your healthy lifestyle!
I also work as a Police Officer in Birmingham City Centre, food styling, photography and social media for a couple of other food brands. I am currently 7 months pregnant with our first baby too which is taking up rather a lot of brain space right now!
What are you currently working on?
We are currently working on our November and Christmas boxes which is really exciting! Its always so interesting scouring the market for the newest, tastiest goodies to get out to our customers, especially when we can put a festive spin on things!
I’m also really concentrating on being as good to my body as humanly possible in order to nourish and grow my little boy so I’m really focusing on my nutrition and staying active during pregnancy as well as taking a fresh look at my everyday mental health. I have to say it really feels as if it has been incredibly beneficial throughout as I have felt so well (*touches wood as she types!)
You can constantly find me in my kitchen developing recipes and on my hands and knees styling and photographing scrummy food on my staple white boards!
Are you familiar with bone broth?
Yes. I adore it!
Do you ever make your own stocks/broths? If so how do you find it?
Yes - I will always try and save a chicken carcass after a roast dinner for example and boil it up the next day with lots of veggies and seasoning. I have always found it relatively easy, its just having the time to do it as it tends to need 8 or so hours on the hob!
How did you find cooking with our broths?
So easy - all the flavours are so punchy and provide such a fabulous bonus to so many dishes.
Do you ever use a cheeky stock cube?
I do! However I have found that Borough Broth Co Broths give such a depth of flavour that I will try my best wherever possible to use it in future recipes and cooking!
Would you consider using this regularly?
Did using broth make a difference to the taste and/or texture of your food?
I could definitely tell the difference. I sometimes leave fancy restaurants after the most delicious food thinking “how can I get that much flavour into my own food!” - I really found that broth pimped up so many of my dishes and you can be really experimental with how you use it.
Obviously it's only a short time that you may have consumed our broth but there is some evidence to say it has anti-inflammatory properties, can aid sleep, digestion and collagen levels. Did you feel better for consuming it? Sleep better? Improvement in skin? Digestion? Please elaborate if so
I have felt great throughout my week of broth. I definitely think my digestion has improved…everything has “flowed” nicely.
Potential Benefits During Pregnancy:
Broth is incredible dense in nutrients and thus it is thought to be especially beneficial for pregnant and breast-feeding women. Broth is rich in minerals, especially calcium, magnesium and phosphorus which are essential for your baby to build strong, healthy bones. Obviously being able to obtain these minerals from your diet is rather beneficial and prevents your own stores from being depleted! Also if you are finding the first trimester (and sometimes beyond) a struggle with nausea, broth can be a soothing and easy way to obtain a plethora of nutrients without having to chew and digest a full solid meal!
Broth is also very rich in gelatine and collagen which when derived from a high quality source such as broth can offer us many health benefits. It helps to grow strong fingernails and hair and can also help to tighten loose skin (which might be rather prevalent postpartum!).
Broth also contains glucosamine and chondroitin which are amongst two of the most important nutrients for joints. They will assist your baby’s joints in forming and also help to support your joints during pregnancy as well which can obviously become an issue due to the added strain that is placed upon them.
Broth is also a good source of amino acids which are the building blocks of protein. Requirements for protein during pregnancy increase by around 25 grams and even more so if breastfeeding. These amino acids that are found in broth perform a wide variety of functions including aiding digestion, reducing inflammation, boosting the immune system (over 70% after is located in your gut!) as well as promoting a good nights sleep and calming the mind.
Which was your favourite flavour and why?
Definitely Chicken. It is so rich and comforting without being too overpowering! Just delish!