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How To Get Your Kids To Eat Bone Broth? Plus French Dip Recipe!

by Heather Fairall, L.Ac.

Bone broth has some amazing health benefits (see previous post)! It is one of the most affordable ways to add a healthy boost to your immune system and gut health. It is also one of the most nutrient dense foods available, and therefore great to add to your child’s diet.

But How the heck to you get your kids to eat it? Like many of you, I have picky kids. I have to trick or disguise most healthy things I feed to my kiddos. Kale and sauerkraut are added into the smoothies, and bone broth sneaks into many menu items at my house (insert evil mom laugh here)!

French Dips from Bone broth for the kids!
Here are some "tricky mom" tips for getting your kids to eat bone broth:

1. Use broth as the base of soups and stews.
Any soup is greatly enhanced with nutrition and flavor by using bone broth as the base.

2. Cook rice or other grains, or quinoa with broth instead of water.
They will never know!

3. Cook veggies in it.
This is especially good for potatoes, or other mashable veggies- mash those sweet potatoes with the broth after you cook them in it. Great addition to baby food mashes!!!

4. Try to offer straight from cup.
You never know, they might just like it… cups with straws are good for this.

5. Mix with sauces like spaghetti sauce.
Again, they will never know!

6. Cook beans in it.
This works best with dried beans. After you soak your beans overnight cover beans with half water and half broth (or all broth if you like) and cook. This adds great flavor to your beans too!

French Dip Au Jus with Onions Recipe
7. French dips!
Our family favorite! We love French Dips, but have you ever looked at the ingredients on the packets of “au jus”? Don’t- its a disgusting mix of chemicals and artificial flavors.

French Dip Recipe:

2-3 cups homemade beef bone broth
1 Tbs soy sauce or Tamari
1 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp garlic powder
Pepper to taste
1 lb roast beef
Optional: sliced onions

French Dip from Bone Broth

Add first four ingredients to medium sauce pan. (I like to add sliced onions to my Jus, and then put on the sandwiches.) Bring to simmer. Add thinly sliced roast beef to pan and turn to low. (this infuses broth and meat with deliciousness). Cook for 10-20 minutes. Put meat on toasted rolls, dip in broth, eat, enjoy!