I'm not a doctor and I'm not a scientist. While I cannot go into deep details about chemical chain reactions from food (nor do I want to), I still make sure I understand the basic facts of why something is beneficial for me. I think knowing how to get the most from what you eat is important for anyone, paleo or not.
One of my current benefit laden ingredients to focus on right now is gelatin. Why is gelatin so great you ask? Not only does it promote gut health by helping to restore a healthy lining (sounds fun, right?), but it also promotes collagen production which helps to make your skin beautiful. It can also help to protect against the aging affects of the sun & prevent future wrinkles! Since I was a frequent visitor to tanning beds as a teenager, before realizing (acknowledging) how terrible it was for me, this is a big plus.
It is important to point out that gelatin does come from the connective tissue of animals, therefore you want the same quality as you would the meat you are going to put on your table. Great Lakes makes a grass-fed gelatin that I would recommend.
Now that you know where to get it, what can you do with it? Gelatin can be used to make homemade marshmallows, in shakes/smoothies, as an added boost to soups, or tossed into homemade pudding. It can also be used to make a kid & adult favorite, gummies!
Gummies are the perfect way to treat yourself or your family and sneak in some major health benefits! Here's a simple, quick recipe to get your foot in the door of gummy nation.
Time: 5-10 mins
Servings: 20-25 small gummies
1 cup 100% pear juice
2 tbs grass-fed gelatin
1-2 tsp raw honey
¼ tsp cinnamon *optional
- Heat juice in a small saucepan until it begins to steam. Do not let it come to a boil/
- While constantly whisking, add in your gelatin 1 tbs at a time.
- Whisk in your honey and cinnamon (if using).
- Remove from heat once clumps are dissolved.
- Pour the mixture into silicone molds or a glass dish and place in the fridge for at least 3 hours.
- Once your gummies are completely set, remove your gummies from the mold or if you used a glass dish, slice them into bite sized pieces.
- Store an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks