Look how happy these gelatin smiley men are!
This is a kid friendly recipe to introduce their vitamins in a fun way. Sneak in some vitamins and ask them if they want Jell-o… BAM. Healthy children everywhere. Heck, you don’t have to be a kid to enjoy these giggly treats.
Most importantly, jello, and gelatin in general, is part of the autoimmune protocol diet. It is a superfood for regulating gut muscosa and overall inflammatory healing.
1. Digestive health
Gelatin’s most important quality is to naturally attract water during digestion. So it binds to the water and helps carry the food around your digestive tract with ease. Because of this, it also protects and aids in healing the mucosal lining of your guts. It also makes the breakdown of nutrients easier for you. “You’re welcome”, says gelatin. All of these properties contribute to gelatin being categorized as an anti-inflammatory food.
2. Joint Care
Collagen, collagen, collagen. Our bones and joints need it. Gelatin’s got it. Amino acids are also helpful in this aspect of gelatin’s properties.
Gelatin has the same effect as the oil can to the Tin Man in Wizard of Oz.
3. Hair, Skin, Nail Care
You can rub anti-aging and collagen cream on your skin all you want. It won’t do as much as if you consume it. It comes from within. Gelatin aids the growth of nails and hair making both stronger. Because skin needs collagen to look smooth and healthy it’s a no-brainer that this will guide in your beautiful gelatinous makeover….Wait…Ew?
4. Weight Loss
Consuming gelatin before a meal aids weight loss by helping you to feel more full. That way you don’t over eat. It assists with your portions while keeping you to feel full in a natural and healthy way. Gelatin has also been rumored to help boost metabolism.
5. You can make paleo desserts!
This might be the best benefit of all. Puddings, pies, desserts, and jello are pretty hard to recreate without something to bind it together. Hence, gelatin!
Easy Paleo Jell-o Recipe
- 3 cups 100% fruit juice or kombucha (I like strawberry!)
- 1 1/2 – 2 tbsp grass-fed gelatin
- 1 1/2 tsp honey (optional)
Heat the juice or kombucha in a small sauce pan until just about a boil. Then whisk in the gelatin powder. Quickly pour into molds and set in fridge for at least an hour or until firm. You may want to coat the mold with a bit of avocado or coconut oil so they don’t stick – especially if it’s an intricate mold like my smiley faces!
*NOTE: It’s important to use the Great Lakes gelatin in the ORANGE CONTAINER. The green container gelatin is cold water soluble and doesn’t gel like the orange container.
If you have crohn’s, ulcerative colitis, digestive issues, arthritis, joint pain, are trying to lose weight, or have bad skin then try incorporating gelatin into your daily routine.
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