It’s my birthday week.
My birthday never used to bother me. Up until I was about 28 I couldn’t wait to get older. Then I realized that I wanted to be 27 again. 27 was a good age. I wouldn’t give up all I have now in my 30’s for “being” 27, but from an aging perspective, and you know, all that superficial stuff, 27 was good to me.
To me, getting older would mean more respect in my business, in life and more experience, wisdom—and not worrying about getting cross-examined every time I went to the ‘B’ Bar in the Borgota (not that i t matters now). Seriously, that happened, a bouncer 6 years younger than me drug me all over to prove my license was me and was not fake. All because my old license picture was Paris Hilton style with sunglasses on my head and my chin tilted to the side. The DMV guy told me we were good? I was never happier to renew my license again, even though that was the only cute photo I ever took on that thing.
Anyway, I now welcome getting carded when we go out, which isn’t that often anymore. I get a little bummed about the wrinkles under my eyes and how puffy they get since I became a sleep deprived mom! I am getting older. But I don’t have to.
One thing that has been missing from my diet is collagen. Lisa has talked about it a few times on her site, and has even made some genius little treats such as wine gummies (!) –but I still hadn’t tried them. I have made bone broth before, still haven’t mastered it (when I do I will share!)—and it got too hot before I could even think about making it again. “Jell-O” was the answer.
There are so many healthy benefits to consuming REAL Gelatin.
The commercial boxed (Jell-O) stuff is loaded with artificial colors, flavors, chemical sweeteners, preservative, MSG and additives that are detrimental to your health. These additives are linked to cancer, behavioral problems in children, and will mess up hormones and digestion! It will make it impossible to get rid of belly fat and it WILL age you!
What is gelatin? Gelatin is a protein compound derived from collagen. It is naturally found in things like tendons, bones and skin (of animals)—pretty gross to think about but it has actually been used all over the world for many years in traditional diets. The benefits are outstanding, so I am willing to give it a go in the name of my family’s health!
Gelatin, the real stuff, is a superfood.
As we age we become more sensitive to things like join pain, injuries, and fine lines and wrinkles start to pop up. Cellulite may pop up or if you’re like me and had it since you were 12 it just gets more annoying. Genetics.)
You can spend thousands on collagen injections and beauty creams—but nothing compares to consuming it right from the source!
Gelatin contains glycine, which has been shown to help regulate hormones and decrease excess estrogen. It is also anti-inflammatory (which is useful because SO many things we eat, do, and breath cause harmful inflammation in our bodies!), it helps reduce inflammation in the digestive tract and regulate gut health (which is critical for immune health!), help aide with healing leaky gut syndrome. Gelatin also helps repair damaged cells, strengthens hair and nails, keeps skin glowing and young and contains antioxidants which help fight free radicals!
It is also amazing for babies! I did not do this with Ella (she was an avocado baby), but I have read that bone broth is an excellent first food for babies. Infants are born with leaky gut, and gelatin’s amazing gut healing properties, not to mention the rich source of protein and minerals, in an easy to slurp down source, makes it a perfect baby food!
Be sure to purchase gelatin from a good source. You want it to come from grass-fed cows with no added preservatives. I use Great Lakes Kosher Unflavored Beef Gelatin.
I actually had this sitting in my cabinet for a while before I got the nerve to use it.
One day, I tried putting some in water and choking it down. Total fail. Blech.
Then I had a batch of organic lemons to use up…
I thought I’d give it a go…and guess what!??
Super duper easy!
Lemon Vanilla “Jello”
- 3 TBSP Great Lakes Unflavored Beef Gelatin
- 2 cups filtered water
- 5 small lemons, juiced
- 1-2 TBSP raw local honey (I used close to two and thought it was a little too sweet, you could probably get away with way less, maybe even 1/2 TBSP)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla (you could omit if you just want lemon flavor, I will try this next time)
- optional: all some whole raspberries in before you place in the fridge!
Mix water and gelatin on the stove over low heat, when the gelatin is almost dissolved add honey, vanilla and lemon juice and whisk it all together. Raw honey is hard so the warm water should help dissolve it. Place the liquid in a square glass bowl or into a mold and refrigerate for about 6 hours or overnight. Once it is firm, cut it up and enjoy!
I am still not super crazy about the texture…one reader on facebook says that she blends 1 TBS up in smoothies every day which is a fantastic idea! I am looking forward to bone broths in the fall—but for now, coming off of a 2 week heat wave, I will keep playing with cool “Jello” flavors in my kitchen!
Happy Christmas in July