Many of us are starting to learn about the amazing health benefits of bone broth. As I mentioned awhile back (see post: benefits and how to make bone broth) not only does it help reduce cellulite and weight (sad I list this first??) and strengthen our bones and joints, but also it can heal our guts. And unless you never eat processed food, never took antibiotics and live a stress free life then we could all use some gut healing. 70-80% of our immune system is in our gut and if our gut isn’t working properly, chances are the rest of your body is feeling the effect.
The thing we miss a lot of times when it comes to gut health is that it doesn’t always just show up through indigestion or gastrointestinal issues. Did you know that the only symptom some celiacs suffer is migraines? When we wreak havoc on our guts (through foods, stress, etc) health issues can show up ANYWHERE in our body.
As the lovely Dr. Taz writes in her new amazing book The 21-Day Belly Fix, “Hippocrates famously said, ‘All disease begins in the gut,’ which is something that all systems of medicine knew 5000 years ago. But over time, we’ve forgotten the gut’s connection to health. Heal the gut, and more often than not, most of our maladies improve or are resolved entirely.” — Wise words from Dr. Taz (and Hippocrates). And, knowing now that we can control our own health is very exciting!! And, in her new book, along with an easy to follow plan to help get well and lose weight, Dr. Taz mentions starting with bone broth. Yay! I love this stuff!
By the way, if you haven’t check out Dr. Taz’s new book, you absolutely should! It is based on the latest research on how to heal your gut. And, it’s available Amazon and Barnes & Noble online or stores now!! It’s a fabulous book and a must read!
So what if you or your kids just don’t love the taste of bone broth or you just want another way to get the benefits? Not to worry, there is another way. You can actually use a good quality grass-fed gelatin (since the breakdown of collagen that is in the bone broths produces gelatin) to make some fun things like J-E-L-L-O (or fruit gummies)! But wait, not the artificial-colored, sugar-laden stuff you buy in the grocery store. No, this stuff is WAY better for us, and it is really very simple to make. You can get a 16 oz. can of gelatin online for around $18, which should last you a very long time.
Soooo…to celebrate Dr. Taz’s new book, Tate and I attempted to make a healthy jello. Unfortunately, all of the concoctions we tried were, well, gross — unappealing to both the eye and the pallette 🙁
Oh my gosh, he’s so dramatic!
Fortunately, I happen to have a fantastic treat up my sleeve. I wasn’t going to share it until my book comes out, but what the heck. One of the snacks in my book includes strawberry gummies and to be honest, they have A LOT more gelatin, and A LOT less sugar (than many of the healthy jello recipes out there including the one we tried above), and they taste A WHOLE LOT better, if I do say so myself! I hope you like them as much as we do! Oh and if you are looking to get a candy mold (they are fun!) you can get one here for under $8, or you can just use a pan and a pizza or cookie cutter.
Now, please go read the 21-Day Belly Fix and enjoy some fruit yummy strawberry fruit gummies!
Oh and by the way, be sure to use this gelatin. The green one will NOT work.
- 2½ cups (365 g) strawberries, fresh or frozen and thawed
- ½ cup (120 ml) fresh lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons (40 g) raw honey
- ½ cup (72 g) grass-fed gelatin
- Place the berries, lemon juice, and honey in a small saucepan and heat on low-medium heat. Cook until the fruit starts to soften.
- Then use an immersion blender (or allow to cool slightly before using a traditional blender) to purée the fruit. Whisk in the gelatin a little at a time (so it won’t clump up).
- Once you've stirred in all of the gelatin, pour the liquid into candy or ice silicon molds or into a 9 ✕ 3-inch (23 ✕ 33-cm) baking dish lined with parchment paper.
- Place gummies in the fridge for about 2 hours, until they congeal.
- Once done, pull them from the molds or slice them using a cookie cutter, pizza cutter, or knife. Store them in an airtight container either in the fridge or at room temperature.
- They will last 3 to 4 days at room temperature and a couple of weeks in the fridge.