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Hey there! Thanks for joining me again for another (super long overdue) keto product review! It’s been a couple of weeks since I was able to post a review. Last week, I took some time off and has a (too-short) vacation away from normal life. It was much needed. I feel better when I can move around. Working a desk job doesn’t grant me much freedom, so I’m usually left to my own devices to get up and get out on nights and weekends. Coronavirus has made this… depressing, to say the least. Walmart isn’t exactly my idea of “seeing the world,” you know? Anyways, it was a good period of time away from work and home and I’m glad to be back and refreshed.
Today’s review is for Bare Bones Broth, a company dedicated to providing its customers with accessible, tasty, nutritious broth to fight off a host of diseases that plague many of our populations. I can’t remember if I reached out to Bare Bones first, or if they send me a DM… either way, I just wanted to let you know that they provided this product to me in an exchange for a review. As always, my reviews are 100% honest and unbiased. I don’t use talking points and I try to give a fair assessment of the company to you, the consumer, so you’re more informed and know where you want to spend your money.
So before we get started, I just want to give a big thank you to Bare Bones for providing this product for today’s review! I’ve used it in a couple recipes, so keep an eye out for those links throughout this post. They’re super yum, I promise!
Let’s get started.
Who is Bare Bones?
From their website:
Ryan Harvey, founder, and CEO of Bare Bones has dealt with his share of personal loss due to our overall crappy health/food industry (read: preservatives, artificial colors, fillers, SUGAR, sedentary lifestyles, smoking, etc). After finishing the military, he started a paleo lifestyle, enrolled in culinary school, and interned at a Cali restaurant. Though he learned the restaurant life isn’t for him (ditto, dude, it’s exhausting), he did have a “moment of clarity” where he realized that chefs (some with super poor diet habits) have the power to influence the food other people to get excited about. Ryan created the first products for his company by reinventing bone broth, a culinary classic, into something to get excited about.
The company story is strong and one I identify with. I started Resting Keto Face in an effort to improve my own health and help my friends and family (and apparently random strangers on the internet) learn more about the keto diet. I think, as a whole, our diet industry is tainted with horrible body shaming issues and normalized eating disorder characteristics. Personal health and wellness are so much more than “calories in, calories out.” We should talk more about the ingredients in our foods so we can put our money towards companies that have our best interests at heart, not just those that have flashy marketing and packaging. I think Ryan is doing really great work with Bare Bones, and that’s supported by the information on product pages about product content and its benefits to the body. BB also has a knowledge base (FAQ) with information on sourcing, product behavior, and allergens, to name a few. This is a resource that helps customers become better informed.
100% Grass-Fed Beef Bone Broth
Per serving: 80 cal, 0g fat, 0g carbs, 20g protein
Thoughts: I drank a few sips of this from a mug and decided it needed to be a soup base ASAP. It’s ok on its own, but as personal preference, I’d rather sip on chicken broth. Beef broth makes me want stew or chili, and since I haven’t yet developed a low carb beef stew recipe, we went for the chili. If you want to know how I made it, check my Low Carb Chili (with BEANS!) video on YouTube. The result was incredible and it’s definitely upped my chili game. While this method is no doubt expensive since bone broth’s prices are much steeper than regular broth, I was pleased with the result.
Get it here: Grass-Fed Beef Bone Broth
Organic Chicken Bone Broth
Per serving: 80 cal, 0g fat, 0g carbs, 20g protein
Thoughts: So, so, so delicious. Silky and flavorful without the bitterness of the instant powder. I used half of this to drink on its own (in a big ass mug with some butter and chives) and the other half while making the cauliflower rice for my favorite stuffed pepper casserole. If you’re looking to thicken up your chicken soups (or other veggie-related soups), I highly recommend this particular broth.
Get it here: Organic Chicken Bone Broth
Organic Chicken Bone Broth – Rosemary & Lemon
Per serving: 80 cal, 0g fat, 0g carbs, 20g protein
Thoughts: This. Right here. Is the one you’re looking for.
If you like FLAVOR and heartiness and keeping your diet super clean, this is the one for you. Out of all of the products I tried, this one is my favorite pick. I drank the whole bag in one sitting without any added fats. It really didn’t need any additions, though I did crush up some pink salt because you know I like it salty. This is the broth I’d drink any time, at any place. Seriously, I can’t recommend it enough.
If you are an avid reader of my reviews (first, thank you), then you’ll know that I tried some bone broths from Osso Good Bones a couple of months ago. My favorite bone broth from that batch was their Signature flavor (a mix of pork, beef, and chicken). Well… this rosemary lemon flavor from Bare Bones knocks that one off of its pedestal.
Get it here: Rosemary & Lemon Bone Broth
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Bone Broth Instant Beverage Mix – Beef
Per serving: 50 cal, 0g fat, 3g carbs, <1g fiber, 10g protein
Thoughts: Pretty good, but definitely not as great as regular bone broth. I’m not sure if it’s the drying process, but there’s something that makes this taste… bitter? A little burnt? Not in a totally off-putting way, but it’s just not what I prefer to have. Given the option of having this or, like, beef bouillon, I’d prefer the bouillon. While it was weird to drink the powdered broth on its own, it was definitely improved with a little butter or olive oil and salt. TBH, though, the best application of these packets is in sauces.
You can make so many delicious pan sauces with these! All you have to do is cook a hearty hunk of beef (hello, ribeyes) in a cast iron skillet and put the meat aside to rest. Lower the heat on your pan and add a couple tbsp of butter and some minced garlic/onion. Cook 30 seconds, add your beef packet and 1/3 cup of water, and use a flat wooden spoon to scrape up the browned bits at the bottom of the pan. Salt and pepper and top your hunk of meat with the sauce. 🙂
Get it here: Instant Beverage Mix – Beef
Bone Broth Instant Beverage Mix – Chicken
Per serving: 50 cal, 0g fat, 4g carbs, 3g fiber, 10g protein
Thoughts: I really liked the flavor of this one compared to the beef. It was a little less bitter. As with most bone broths, it needed a little salt. I made this in a mug and I chose to add a little bit of butter while I microwaved it so it would brown the butter. Highly recommend this, too. And since I loved the rosemary lemon broth so so so much, I put some lemon juice in a second mug of this and it was, as expected, incredible.
Chicken soup is best with just a teensy bit of texture, in my opinion, so I added some snips of green onion to my mug once it was done warming. These packets are AMAZING to stash in your desk or glove box just in case you feel a little under the weather. It’s also a good boost of shelf-stable protein, which would be a good addition to your emergency food stash.
If you’re going for a carnivore/no carb/only count total carbs approach, I wouldn’t recommend these instant mixes. Just buy the bag of broth instead.
Get it here: Instant Beverage Mix – Chicken
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RKF Product Score
Product taste was, overall, very good. Took off a couple of points for the beef instant packet since it was bitter. I think that’s the only flavor that needs some improvement.
These are available on their website, on Amazon, and at some major grocery chains. The closest to me is Whole Foods an hour away, which means it’s not easily accessible for me to find in-person. And for low-income families, this means there may be a cost barrier for those who can’t afford a) an Amazon Prime membership, b) shipping and handling costs, or c) to commute to more metropolitan areas to find this quality of product. This score could be improved by placing the product in lower-end grocery chains like Walmart.
You don’t need bone broth to start a keto diet, but including it in your routine can help you add some protein, which a lot of new keto dieters lack enough of. Snacking on things like a hearty mug of bone broth will also hold you over between meals, help you with intermittent fasting, and replace the need for “Franken foods,” AKA protein bars and prepackaged, processed low carb foods.
All things considered, I think their price on bone broth is very reasonable. I’ve paid $7 for a single serving of another brand at our local grocer and it was a fraction of the size of these bags. Especially when it comes to the convenience of the instant packets, which are shelf-stable and totally perfect for your emergency stockpile (you can’t put a price on preparedness), you’re going to be hard-pressed to find bone broth this good for a better price. That being said, lowering the cost just a couple of dollars could help get the product in the hands of lower-income individuals that need access to healthy, good quality foods.
Great, save for the maltodextrin that I wish was left out. -1 point for this.
Really easy to recognize the packaging compared to competitors, the website was easy to navigate, and I think the story was well-written. I like the timeline approach to that aspect in particular. I did notice the ingredients must have changed on some of the products because there was a sticker with an updated list of ingredients placed over that section of a couple of the packages of broth. I would love it if the brand included some sort of charity work on its website. This would make me a loyal customer pretty quickly. The website was also a little slow at times. -1 for these things.
Bottom line: 7.5/10 Recommend
Ready to try for yourself?
If you’re purchasing today, I recommend getting the 6 pack of bags from Amazon! I will receive a commission from this purchase, which I in-turn plan to donate to the Equal Justice Initiative: https://amzn.to/3gxKQ0X
Here’s another link to their website if you want to check out their rewards program: https://www.barebonesbroth.com/
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Until next time,