During pregnancy I have found myself craving WAY more sweets than normal – after a few weeks of “not so good” for me sweet treats, I decided I wanted to find a healthier alternative. After reading “Real Food for Pregnancy” by Lily Nichols I became intrigued with the idea of adding more gelatin into my diet.
Gelatin is Good For:
- anti-aging / hair growth: consuming gelatin helps stimulate new cell turnover and collagen growth which equals stronger hair, skin, and nails!
- joint health: since gelatin helps collagen growth, consuming it regularly helps repair your joints naturally. Gelatin also can help reduce inflammation in your joints so think less pain and stiffness.
- improving brain function and mental health: gelatin is rich in glycine which is good for brain function. Studies have also shown that glycine can help reduce symptoms of many mental illnesses such as OCD and schizophrenia.
- improving liver function: the glycine in gelatin has been shown to improve alcohol-related liver damage.
- improving gut health: gelatin can help create a protective barrier on the intestinal lining which is a great preventative / healer of leaky gut. The glycine in gelatin also helps balance digestive enzymes and stomach acid.
Gelatin For Pregnancy:
Gelatin is amazing for pregnancy since it has anti-inflammatory properties. The glycine in gelatin has been shown to help with sleep. Gelatin also boosts your protein stores which are vital during and postpartum.
HOMEMADE JELL-O RECIPE:
- 2 cups of healthy juice (I used this blueberry juice mixed with the red “to the power” juice from trader joe’s)
- 1 Tbsp unflavored beef gelatin
- 1 Tbsp honey or coconut sugar
- Add 1/2 cup of your juice to a bowl and sprinkle with your gelatin powder.
- Whisk your gelatin and juice and then let it sit for around 5 minutes. (Don’t be alarmed if it looks lumpy – this is completely normal)
- Pour your remaining juice into a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat until it almost boils.
- Remove from heat and add in your sweetener if you decided to use it.
- Add in your gelatin mixture and whisk to dissolve it.
- Pour your finished product into any small baking dish or glass containers depending on how thick or thin you want your Jell-O.
- Refrigerate for 4 hours, or until set (if you opted for a thinner Jell-O it will take less time.