How to make your own healthy jelly
Homemade is always best, but in this case- it truly is what’s best for you. You may have already heard that jelly is really good for you, well not the store bought kind. That boxed jelly is packed with artificial junk that will do very little for your health. Making it yourself is just as easy as the store bought jelly and the benefits are amazing!
The Health Benefits
Besides being able to make or buy your own raw juice and mix up the ingredients as you desire, there will be little to no sugars and the Gelatin benefits are what you really want! Not to mention the probiotics and things you can sneak into the jelly without your family knowing. #ninjamom! And of course no preservatives, colourants or any other unnecessary nasties.
Raw fruit and vegetable juices:
This week I made an Apple and Beetroot Jelly, it was delicious. It was a great way to sneak in some veggie benefits without my son being bothered. You could even use carrots and orange juice to make a fun orange jelly, or perhaps if you were daring enough spinach to create a green jelly. The point is you have an opportunity here to get creative and throw an extra health kick into a much loved childhood favourite.
Usually the fruit juice alone is sweet enough, but perhaps you do need to give it a little more. Not a problem this is your jelly and you decide what goes into it. My suggestions; Raw Honey or Stevia if need be.
Firstly what is Gelatin and where does it come from? Well, it’s what makes your jelly jiggle, but it’s a lot more than that, you may be surprised to learn it’s also an important source of nutrients. It can be found naturally in bone broth and that would be because gelatin is derived from the skin, bones and tissue of animals. This doesn’t sound too appetising, but you’d honestly never know you were eating it, it is pretty tasteless.
Gelatin is a type of protein derived from collagen, it is full of important amino acids that make it so beneficial to include in our daily diet.
Benefits of Gelatin
- Improves Gut Health and Digestion
Gelatin is great for preventing intestinal damage and improving and healing the lining of the digestive tract. The gut lining is one of the body’s most important lines of defense, it keeps particles from food, bacteria and yeast inside the digestive system where they belong and prevents them from leaking into the bloodstream, which can cause inflammation.
- Improves Skin, Nail, and Hair Health
One of the reasons we develop signs of aging and notice more wrinkles is because of collagen depletion. As we age and continue to lose collagen, we can develop cellulite, our skin sags, and wrinkles appear due to skin losing its firmness.
Consuming more gelatin in your diet is a great natural skin care routine because it helps stimulate new collagen, restoring skin’s firmness and durability, but also helping you maintain strong hair, teeth, and nails.
- Maintains Strong Bones
- Helps Improve Quality of Sleep
- Lifts Your Mood and Improves Memory
Certain amino acids help lower stress hormones and increase happy hormones. The amino acid glycine is thought to act similarly to some anti-anxiety or antidepressant medications. Glycine and other forms of amino acid therapy have been known to naturally boost mental clarity and calmness.
- Protects Joints and reduces Joint Pain
I think I’ve given you enough reasons now to want to make your own homemade jelly, so let’s get to it.
How to make your own Jelly:
2 cups of raw fruit/vegetable juice
2 Tablespoons of Gelatin (organic is better)
Honey or stevia (to taste)
Fruit pieces to add into your jelly if you would like.
1.Pour your juice into a small pot or saucepan and warm gently.
2. In a bowl add 2 tablespoons of water to the 2 tablespoons of gelatin and allow to absorb. It will become sponge-like. Over a double boiler or very quickly in the microwave melt the gelatin mixture.
3. Gradually add in some of the warm juice to the melted gelatin mixture. Then pour the gelatin mixture into the pot. Stir well combining the two.
4. Taste and mix in sweetener if need be.
5. Remove from the heat and pour into molds of your choice.
6. Place in the refrigerator for 3-4 hours or even overnight.
Bon Appetit! Why not surprise your little ones or family and friends with this healthy, tasty dessert next time you get the opportunity.
For more tips, tricks, insight and how to make this jelly check out my Vlog on my Youtube channel. ( *New Vlog every Friday) This is something new I’m trying out over the next few months. Hopefully to bring you more recipes, tips, and some entertainment.
Love and health,
“Mama Wolf” x
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