Well, it’s back…and with good reason. Actually, many good reasons. You see, our grandparents were smart in consuming that flippy foppy, slippy slidy food concoction.
Now, I’m not quite if our ancestors were as hip to food as we are now. Perhaps they were just much more intuitive and less complicated about the whole mess. One’s thing for sure though; overall, they looked a lot better than a lot of us. I mean, have you noticed the natural beauty of people from the old days?
I attest it had much to do with their simplicity in living and of course how that reflected in their diets. However, we live in the modern overly busy modern world, which is also reflected into our diets.
I understand that for some of you, trying to live and eat better feels like going against the grain all too much. I get it, I’m not trying to reinvent the wheel with these blogs. Okay, maybe I am plotting a health revolution, want to join?
It’s not as serious as it sounds I promise. I just aspire to create a world where healthy is just as easy as it once was. I personally feel the only way to that place is by making healthy into loving hobbies. What better way to do that, than by learning some really awesome, delicious and beautifying recipes?
Still not hooked?
What if I told you that cooking actually saved you time in the long run? Well, it does. In too many ways for me to go on rambling about right now. For now, I’ll just say this.
The recipe I am about to share with you — a staple to most of our grandparents — can be made quickly and easily. With just a few minutes you can have your fridge stocked of this healing dessert at anytime!
If you need more convincing to start a new, fun hobby (with added beauty benefits) then please continue…
Why Eat Gelatin?
The main ingredient in Jell-O at cause for it’s gel like consistency is actually gelatin. And if you didn’t know, gelatin is a ridiculously good-for-you food. If you’re on the fence about it, how’s this list of reasons for size:
- Gelatin is an incredible source protein. It contains 18 amino acids, many of which are “essential”, meaning they must be acquired via diet. Not only that, eating gelatin balances out your meat intake. Muscle meats contain elevated levels of certain amino acids, which can be inflammatory and detrimental to the environment. It contains two anti-inflammatory amino acids (glycine and proline), which aid in the secretion of HCL. This makes you digest your meat better! Our hustle and bustle, throwaway lifestyle has lead to us discarding the fatty and gelatinous parts of animals that would otherwise reduce the overall slaughter rate and even aid our health. If you’re not ready to start eating bone broth, marrow and organs then start with the powdered stuff, it’ll help our planet out!
- It heals the gut lining. Consumption of gelatin enhances gastric acid secretion. This restores a healthy mucosal lining in the stomach. When your body actually starts digesting the food you eat properly you reduce the incredible amounts of inflammation in the body caused by undigested food matter. This also improves metabolic efficiency, which will make you stronger, prettier and more resilient. Oh yeah, and you’ll save money on food because you’ll no longer crave shit that you don’t digest nor waste money on unnecessary amounts of food.
- It’s a miraculous gut food. Gelatin has the essentials which build the colon wall and keep it intact, this way nutrition is actually absorbed. It also helps food breakdown better in the stomach for consistent digestion. It’s a digestive remedy; eliminates heartburn, ulcers, and acid reflux by properly combining digestive acids with food.
- Gelatin is a digestive aid. Aside from protein digestion, gelatin can also help break down fats for easier absorption.
- It reduces cellulite and wrinkles. You can read more here.
- It’s a liver tonic. Gelatin is loaded with the amino acid glycine, which aids the liver in eliminating toxins. If you want to be healthy, keep your liver game in check. Learn more about how to properly detoxify here.
- Gelatin builds lean muscle. Collagen found in gelatin is a thousand times over better than any protein powder. Most protein powder is poorly absorbed, where gelatin powder is very high heat resilient — even in powder form it’s 100% digestible. The amino acids in gelatin are the body’s building blocks. You’ll find amino acids in skin, bones, tendons, ligaments and muscle tissues. They are essential what give structure and musculature to the body. If you want a sexy figure, you want to get digestible protein. Gelatin is a whole food protein that’s easier to digest than even muscle meat.
- Builds bones and joints. Think of this from an ancient healing perspective; if you want healthy joints, eat healthy joints. Gelatin is made from the ligaments and tissues of healthy, pastured animals. By consuming these pats of the animal we create a healthier relationship within the food chain. We also get to experience greater health by eating more holistically. The gelatin as you know reduces inflammation, which keeps the joints from breaking down. It can also help repair micro tears in muscles and cartilage. Additionally, gelatin is mineralizing and keeps the bones in great shape!
- It’s anti-inflammatory. We could all do some good from anti-inflammatory foods. Our modern lives are pro-inflammatory in many ways. Gelatin is very high in anti-inflammatory amino acids such as glycine and proline. This is especially important for anyone with an inflammatory condition, too much stress, autoimmunity, or illness.
- It boosts metabolism and can be used for weight loss. When digestion and metabolic efficiency improves, you need less food. This is because you digest the food you eat better. When your body absorbs what it needs effectively, your hormones balance out and you feel satisfied quicker. This can help decrease overeating, eating out of boredom and will help you achieve ideal weight effortlessly.
- It’s a sleep tonic. Glycine acts as a natural sleep aid. Research and my own experimentation shows that taking glycine just before bed improves sleep quality and reduce daytime sleepiness. Not to mention, it makes my sharp as a tack the next day. This is mostly due to the role glycine plays in stimulating neurotransmitters — it is a precursor to creating melatonin. Here’s a great resource to read (and recipe) if you’re interested in implementing gelatin as a sleep tonic.
- You stay full longer. By adding gelatin to your diet, you’ll notice you stay fuller longer. This has much to do with how helpful it is for the digestive system. When you start absorbing protein for the first time, you’ll notice your hunger hormones balance out. Making your mood stable and overall making you feel a greater sense of well-being. It’s also a very good strategy for busting sugar cravings.
- And just one last point…Gelatin improves hormone health. Both men and women want a healthy balance of estrogen to testosterone. Too much estrogen in causes inflammation, infertility and even causes advanced aging; such as patterned baldness. The miraculous gelatin has anti-estrogenic effects, which can help balance estrogen in the body. If you know you have too much estrogen in your body then also check out this blog I wrote earlier.
If this sounds lovely to you, then let’s make something tasty…
Probiotic Acai Berry Gel-O
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 cup spring water
- 2 lemons
- 2 packets unsweetened acai berry
- 1/2 cup black currant juice
- 1/2 cup coconut kefir or kefir soda
- 2 tbsp grass-fed gelatin
- 1 scoop EcoBloom
- Stevia to sweeten
Here’s how you make it:
- Bring water to heat. Do not boil but just below.
- Juice the lemons
- Pour water and lemon juice into blender and add everything aside from kefir
- Give a quick blend on a low setting
- Let cool just for a few minutes until it’s warm not hot
- Add kefir and mix together (you can do this with a wooden spoon or a very low setting on the blender)
- Pour into a glass container or molds of your choice. You can use one large glass dish and then cut into square servings or pour into individual molds. The choice is yours!
- Refrigerate for a few hours then enjoy! It’s best to eat as a dessert near the end of the day to get the sleepy-time benefits; however, it could be a wonderfully easy-to-digest and energizing breakfast too!