We made it! 2020 is officially behind us, and we have embarked on a new chapter with 365 new chances to show up for ourselves in 2021.
I don’t generally make New Year’s resolutions, but I do use the new year as a fresh start and reminder to focus on things like health & wellness. With that being said, I am not a proponent of diet culture or unhealthy weight loss goals. However, I do believe that implementing achievable healthy habits into our daily lives will improve our overall wellness, and in turn give us the energy and mindset we need to live up to our potential.
You could say that I am a little bit of a natural and holistic wellness junkie. Through my interest in natural health, I have read a lot about the benefits of bone broth. However, the opportunity to try bone broth didn’t present itself until we moved to the South Shore and I started seeing Hale Bone Broth at local Farmers Markets. I was intrigued!
Recently I had the opportunity to connect with Melissa Smith, the founder of The Hale Life and Hale Bone Broth. Her mission of empowering and nurturing women to live their best lives and to be happy, healthy, members of the local community (which she calls “The Tribe”) really resonated with me.
Not only do I love the company’s mission, but I am hooked on the product! I have been using Hale Bone Broth for a few weeks now, and am happy to support her local, small business, and add Hale Bone Broth to my routine in 2021!
The HALE Life
If there is anything that 2020 taught us, is that life is unpredictable and we need to be intentional about what we put in our bodies. Often times it takes an external factor, such as a global pandemic, for us to regain focus on our health.
The life-altering experience of her mother passing a few years ago is what drove Melissa to prioritize healing, replenishing, and refueling her own body from the everyday wear and tear of her modern lifestyle. Inspired by her mother’s recipes, she started making bone broth to heal herself and her husband, Chris, and soon there was enough demand within our South Shore community to turn it into a business!
Not only does the Hale team sell bone broth, but they advocated for and spread the “The Hale Life” throughout our community. “Hale” stands for “Healthy, Accountable Life Enjoyed!” Their goal is for everyone to achieve “The Hale Life”! It is contagious!
Hale Bone Broth
As I mentioned, Hale Bone Broth is the company’s flagship product.
Bone broth was something that Melissa had witnessed her mother making, originally unbeknownst of the health benefits. She started perfecting her recipe, and making it in small batches to bring to local community Farmers Markets. Once COVID rolled around, and the Hale team could no longer attend Farmers Markets, they had to pivot and become a delivery service to their dedicated customers.
Hale Bone Broth is a small batch, grass-fed, grass-finished bone broth that is made with only the highest quality ingredients, including organic vegetables, Duxbury sea salt, Simpson Spring water, and organic herbs and spices.
Bone broth is the ultimate superfood, and with a laundry list of health benefits and delicious taste, the South Shore community hit the jackpot with the addition of Hale Bone Broth!
The power is in the quality of the ingredients! Melissa has meticulously sourced the ingredients used in Hale Bone Broth to ensure a top quality finished product. The Hale team discovered that the source of the bone REALLY matters in the quality of the broth. With top notch ingredients, Hale Bone Broth offers the restoration and repair that our bodies need.
The benefits of Hale Bone Broth include:
- Helps to boost immunity
- Joint & bone health
- Aids in weight loss
- Promotes healthy skin, hair, & nails
- Heals the gut
- Helps hydrate
- Promotes better sleep
- Cleans out toxins
Some of the benefits that stand out to me are “boosts immunity and heals the gut”. Because over 80% of our immune system lives in our gut, it is very important to heal and maintain a healthy gut to achieve overall wellness (especially with you-know-what going around). And healthy skin, hair, and nails never hurt!!
I’ve been using the bone broth in the last few weeks, and I love how it makes me feel! When I drink it (usually after dinner and before bedtime), my body feels lighter, and I get a great night’s sleep. Not to mention, it is DELICIOUS! You can almost feel the warmth and nourishment radiating throughout your body like a warm hug!
3 Day Reset
If you are interested in taking it a step further, Hale Bone Broth is offering a “3 Day Reset” to help you kickstart 2021. This program includes enough Hale Bone Broth and pressed organic celery juice for you to consume for three days. This will help your body naturally detoxify, reduce inflammation, heal your gut, and retain more nutrients.
If you are interested in a 3 Day Reset, contact email@example.com!
Cook with Hale Bone Broth
If you aren’t used to drinking the broth alone, or just want to add some warmth, nutrients, and flavor to your meal, you can cook with Hale Bone Broth! We have used it to substitute any recipe that calls for chicken stock, or any other kind of broth!
A very easy recipe to start with is Hale Vegetable Soup. This is a simple soup, with a base of Hale Bone Broth and the addition of herbs and vegetables. The recipe below is a guide, but feel free to make it your own – use your favorite veggies, add a protein, or add some lemon or ginger to aid in detoxification.
HALE VEGETABLE SOUP
• 3 tbsp olive oil
• 1 medium sized onion Medium – finely chopped
• 4 carrots – peeled, roughly chopped
• 3 celery sticks – roughly chopped
• 2.5 tbsp garlic – finely minced
• 8 cups Hale Bone Broth
• 2 cans diced tomatoes 14.5 oz cans (or fire roasted!)
• 2 medium potatoes – peeled, cut into 1 inch cubes (or swap for 1 sweet potato and 1 cup of butternut squash!)
• 2 bay leaves
• 1/3 cup fresh parsley, roughly chopped
• 1/2 tsp dried thyme
• 1 tsp dried oregano
• 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
• Duxbury Saltworks to taste
• Pepper to taste
• 1/2 tsp red chili flakes (optional)
• 1 can of white kidney beans
• 1/4 cup frozen corn
• 3/4 cup frozen peas
• 1 cup chopped zucchini
1. Add oil in a large nonstick pot and heat it over medium high heat.
2 Add onions, carrots, celery, and garlic and sauté everything until fragrant.
3. Add Hale bone broth, tomatoes, potatoes, bay leaves, parsley, thyme, oregano, rosemary, salt, pepper, red chili (optional).
4. Bring to a boil.
5. Then, add a can of rinsed white kidney beans and zucchini if you are using and reduce heat.
6. Cover and cook for about 20 minutes until potatoes become tender.
7. Add corn and peas and cook for about 10 minutes.
8. Serve and enjoy!
Workshops & Retreats
As I mentioned, The Hale Life is not only about bone broth.
Because of COVID, they had to postpone their planned retreats, and even hosted their first virtual event. They are planning another virtual event this winter, and have planned to resurrect their in-person retreats and events this spring!
I hope to attend one of their retreats in 2021, and I will post an update on Hope + Hale events in the coming months!