Lemon Vanilla “Jello” ~ A Beauty Superfood


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!



Check out these articles for more information on the health benefits of gelatin!

Talk soon!

Happy Christmas in July Smile


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  • Reply Lisa

    Mmmmm…. this sounds yummy! I’m still an avid fan of gelatin… and I generally consume 4-8 Tbsp a day. It makes my hair so healthy and I swear it’s helping my wrinkles and cellulite go away! (wow that made me sound so old).
    And now I’m remembering that we have almost the same birthday—I’m sure I’ll say it again to you but… Happy Birthday!

    July 23, 2013 at 3:43 pm
    • Reply laury

      3 TBS a day! Wow! I need to step it up! How do you get it all down? Smoothies? Gummies?

      I remembered we are almost bday twins! Happy Birthday to you fellow Leo!

      July 23, 2013 at 8:50 pm
  • Reply The Delicate Place (@misathemeb)

    ooohhh this looks super! i actually have never made anything with gelatin but i do love pho and drink up that beef bone broth! i might have to make this bc it is so. stinking. hot.

    July 23, 2013 at 3:52 pm
    • Reply laury

      It is so hot!!!! I can’t even think about soup :/

      i need to try pho

      July 23, 2013 at 8:50 pm
  • Reply Julie (A Case of the Runs)

    Is this more jello-y or gummy-y? I’m sure that can be adjusted from the amount of water used… I would really like to make a healthier version of gummies.

    Also, thanks for the pic of the brand of gelatin you use. I will keep an eye out.

    July 23, 2013 at 4:40 pm
    • Reply laury

      this is more like Jell-O, not gummies. I want to try making gummies because E hated this–the texture. I wonder if she would like a gummy texture more? Maybe now!

      I get it on amazon!

      July 23, 2013 at 8:51 pm
  • Reply Wendy

    This works to help strengthen hair? How often could you give a child to see results? My child has Loose Anagen Syndrome, so it’s going to do what it’s going to do, but I’d like to make the hair she does have stronger.

    Did you get the gelatin at Whole Foods?

    July 23, 2013 at 4:47 pm
    • Reply laury

      Yes, this would be GREAT for Em! I will try some fruity flavors just for you guys. Does she eat Jell-O…not that I recommend it at all, but wondering what flavors she likes? You could replicate it!

      I get it on Amazon, it’s like $17 a big jar I think? It was $32 for 2 jars

      July 23, 2013 at 8:52 pm
      • Reply Wendy

        Honestly, I’ve never given her any because of all the crap in it! LoL! I think she would like grape or a berry flavor.

        July 23, 2013 at 10:13 pm
        • Reply laury

          Good, Wendy!!!!!

          I will try a berry flavored recipe out!

          July 24, 2013 at 4:25 pm
  • Reply Keri @ Blue-Eyed Runner

    Happy Birthday!

    July 23, 2013 at 7:33 pm
  • Reply purelytwins

    looks great!! we love our gelatin have it everyday 🙂
    Happy Birthday beautiful!!

    July 23, 2013 at 8:42 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thank you, girls!!!! XO

      July 23, 2013 at 8:53 pm
  • Reply Katy

    I never thought to make gelatin from scratch. Love this!

    July 23, 2013 at 10:27 pm
  • Reply Jen

    I’m going to have to try this in smoothies, I used to use that brand to make whipping cream when I worked at a health food store. It keeps whipped cream stabilized.

    July 24, 2013 at 8:52 pm
    • Reply laury

      Oh that’s a good tip!

      July 29, 2013 at 3:58 pm
  • Reply Kristen

    I just re-read your body after baby posts. I loved them at the time, but now that I am 4 months out after having my first baby, it was time to read them again. It’s so hard and I don’t think I was really prepared for that. I’m certainly not where I want to be and it’s very difficult. I sometimes wonder if I’m holding onto my normal clothes in vain. Thank you for those posts

    July 24, 2013 at 10:28 pm
    • Reply laury

      Hey Kristen! Congratulations!!!!

      You’re very welcome. I am really glad I wrote those posts, I have to go back and read them from time to time as a friendly reminder.

      I think at the 4 month mark was the hardest for me as well. I think I had very unrealistic expectations–or , just like you did not anticipate how I would feel so it was really hard. I was really tough on myself for not bouncing back and got into comparing myself to other moms….which is the worst thing you can do. It WILL get better. I promise! 4 months is SO soon after having a baby, even though you get really impatient at this point. Try and be patient and compassionate with yourself. It is all you can do! Your body knows what it needs and as long as you are nourishing yourself properly, things will all fall into place! How you look on the outside is half the battle….it is all about how you feel on the inside and how you see yourself 🙂


      July 29, 2013 at 4:07 pm
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  • Reply Genna

    Hey, I have a couple of questions about this jello recipe before I make it.

    Does it jiggle?
    Can I use pork gelatin?
    Does the lemon juice make it yellow? Cuz that’s cool.


    April 21, 2015 at 3:47 pm
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      Yes, yes and YES!! Let me know how it is!

      April 29, 2017 at 5:45 pm

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