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Friday, March 28, 2014

Kelsy’s Favorite Products: Gelatin


Did you know that gelatin is amazing for you? It is! I’m not talking about the gelatin packets you find in the baking aisle or in your favorite sugar-laden boxed strawberry jello. I’m talking about high quality, grass-fed animal gelatin. (You will not gain the benefits of gelatin by consuming boxed jello, so please don’t rush out and buy some!)

The most important thing about it is…not only is it good for us, it’s essential! Our ancestors used every part of an animal for nourishment. In today’s American world, we focus on muscle meats and now we have lost the gelatin our body needs.

Here are some of the great benefits from gelatin:

-Good for joints

-Helps grow hair and nails

-Supports skin growth and skin tightening (those of us that have had babies will love this aspect!)

-Improves digestion and heals the stomach

-Can help cellulite and wrinkles  (Ever notice how skin care items boast about collagen? Did you know that collagen is actually too large to be absorbed by the skin? Yeah, so don’t waste all your money on those silly creams. Stick with consuming gelatin and using coconut oil as a moisturizer)


My favorite way to get it is from Great Lakes Gelatin or my awesome homemade bone broth. Great Lakes uses only grass-fed and humanely raised cows (happy cows are healthy cows). The best part about it is that I can make super healthy jello or gummies for my family. You can also take it in a glass of water* or juice/smoothie….but I like my gummy vitamins! See below for a good gummy vitamin recipe.

When making a gummy vitamin, you can change it up to get specific needs for yourself or child. Sick with cold or flu? Use elderberry syrup and probiotics! Magnesium deficient, like me? Add some Calm!

*It will change the texture of drinks..therefore I am not personally a fan of this method.



Gummy Vitamin Recipe:

1 cup fresh squeezed juice OR elderberry syrup
16 teaspoons gelatin
2 tablespoons raw honey
OPTIONAL:
2 teaspoons Natural Calm* OR Vitamin C powder OR probiotics

-In a small saucepan over low heat, mix juice, gelatin and honey with a whisk.
-Stir until it is a thin syrup-like consistency.
-Remove from heat and whisk in extra vitamins.
-Quickly pour into a mold or glass pan greased in coconut oil.
-Place in the freezer for 5-10 minutes until solid.
-Cut and serve! I store them in the fridge, but they don't have to be.


*Calm WILL foam, so don't freak out when it gets fluffy. My picture shows what it looks like when Calm is added. Just adds a fun new texture and look.

Also, if you are new to gelatin or magnesium in your diet, start with just one a day. Especially with kids. It could cause a few extra trips to the bathroom.






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