Meat broth (or, for those who choose to make it and can physically tolerate it, bone broth) is a mainstay of the GAPS program. They are super nourishing and actively heal the gut lining. They are very much relied upon, especially in the early stages. The question for many parents is: “How do I get my child to consume it?” Many children (and adults) dislike liquid food in general, including broths and soups. No worries.
First, I have to tell you that I too hated soup pre-GAPS. I found them boring, slow and lacking to the point of agitation! That is, I always felt like crying because they took forever to get into my body and, after all that effort, did not even fill me up. Boy was I surprised, then, to find myself lapping the stuff up early GAPS!
1. Make it thick. My soups are more like stews –super thick and hearty. It’s more like eating meat and vegetables, with a touch of liquid to keep it moist! Here’s how I do it: Put some animal fat or ghee into a very large pot. Add some chopped onions. Saute until clear. Add ground beef. Brown the beef. Add 20 cups of chopped veggies. Add broth and water until the liquid reaches about one inch below the top of the veggies. Bring to a boil. Simmer 20-60 minutes. Shut the heat off. Add ghee, salt and pepper. Eat.
2. Blend. Some people, especially kids, prefer their soups/stews blended.
3. Reduction sauce. A reduction sauce is simply a flavourful liquid heated until some of its water content evaporates, leaving behind a thicker substance. The longer you let it simmer, the thicker it gets. Broth with salt and pepper can be treated this way, then drizzled over, say, Shepherd’s Pie (use mashed cauliflower or mashed celeriac for the top layer).
4. Stir fry. To broth, add sliced vegetables. Let them simmered uncovered in the broth, until much of the water content evaporates and your veggies are resting in a warm, thick coating of flavour.
5. Add it. Pour broth into or onto any other savoury dish, like mashed cauliflower, lentil-mushroom pizzas, etc. I always especially like it with ghee, salt and pepper added.
6. Suck it. Several kids on our support list will take broth happily if presented with a straw.
7. Reward It. If all else fails, offer a reward (star on a chart, a preferred food, etc) for every bite of broth-drenched vegetables.
For more ideas, be sure to read the comments offered below this post.
So, if you love to drink broth by the mugful, awesome. If you can’t stand it that way, though, whatever way you do get it in is just fine. This said, lots of kids have healed fantastically without a daily dose, so don’t stress too much!
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