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Create a Kid-Friendly Healthy Snack from 1 Item Hiding In Your Pantry

posted: 04/14/15
by: Stephanie Vuolo
Create a Kid-Friendly Snack from 1 Item
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Yes, gelatin is your new best friend.
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Chances are you have a box of gelatin lurking in your pantry and it's time to use it as a healthy snack. Gelatin is commonly eaten regularly by traditional cultures in the form of mineral-rich bone broth, which is known for being an especially healing food. It is a naturally fat-free, hot water soluble protein derived from boiling the bones, skin, and connective tissue of animals which causes liquids to become gel-like.

You won't get the most out of gelatin in the form of products like Jell-O and marshmallows, that are both packed with artificial colors and refined sugars. Instead opt for good quality grass-fed powdered gelatin that is easy to use for homemade, healthy treats. Obviously there is no one perfect food, but it might be worth adding gelatin to your health regimen to experience how it can benefit your overall wellness. Some of the ways gelatin can impact your health are:

  • Supports healthy skin, hair, and nail growth- and has been linked to fewer wrinkles.
  • Tightens loose skin, such as the kind that appears after having a baby.
  • Supports liver function and contributes to detox efforts.
  • Provides 18 amino acids, which are essential to the human body, including the amino acid lysine, which helps us absorb calcium and build muscle.
  • Can heal the digestive tract -- especially in the form of bone broth and can improve digestion.
  • Simulates the immune system.
  • Helps to regulate hormones.

Homemade Fruit Gelatin

Ingredients

3 cups of fruit juice of choice (such as pear, grape, pineapple, orange or a mix of orange and pineapple)
1/2 cup cold water
1/2 cup hot (almost boiling) water
2 tablespoons of gelatin powder
Optional 1-2 cups of fresh fruit like strawberries, blueberries, Mandarin oranges or even grated raw carrot or shredded coconut.

1.In a large mixing cup, combine the cold water with the gelatin powder.
2. Stir until well mixed- it will get very thick.
3. Add the hot water and stir well- it will be thinner now.
4. Combine gelatin mixture with the juice and stir until smooth.
5. Put the fruit into the container that you'd like the mixture to gel into - either a small baking dish or yogurt sized cups that can easily be packed into lunches.
6. Pour the jello mixture over the fruit and stir lightly to make sure it has coated the fruit.
7. Place covered in the fridge for at least 2-3 hours or overnight and serve.

This recipe was adapted from Wellness Mama.com.

Note: You can brew herbs or herbal tea in the hot water before adding to the gelatin to make a Herb-Infused Homemade Gelatin that packs all the benefits of the chosen herbs into the treat too.