Let me preface this post by saying I am not a fan of store bought jello. I do not care for the taste or all the ingredients in it: sugar, artificial colorings, and preservatives. However, I love this homemade, super simple gelatin recipe. It makes a great snack or after dinner treat AND it has numerous health benefits. Whip it up in no time!
In a large mixing bowl, pour in 1 cup of filtered water and whisk in 4 Tbsp. of gelatin. Boil 2 cups of water and add that to the bowl. Add in 2 cups of your favorite juice. Whisk the mixture and then pour into a glass Pyrex dish, refrigerate for a few hours until it becomes jello. Enjoy!
Note: You can have fun with this and use a jello mold. You can try different types of juice. I have used 100% grape juice and a pineapple ginger juice from Sprouts, which was really nice. You can make this recipe less sweet by diluting the mixture with additional water.
Gelatin is derived from collagen, a protein found in our skin, muscles, bones and tendons. As we age, our collagen production slows down. I like to think of gelatin as an "anti-aging" food. Here are some of its other benefits:
- Helps your skin look smoother and firmer
- Helps strengthen your fingernails and teeth
- Supports joint health: helps your joints move with ease
- Supports digestive health: it helps heal damaged cell walls in your gut lining