Gut health is a hot topic. And with good reason. Your gut health controls more than how your tummy feels and digests. Sometimes referred to as your body’s ‘second brain’, your gut is largely responsible for your mood, your immunity system and energy levels.
One of the best ways to give your gut some love is by eating gelatin.
And the ultimate way to eat gelatin, in my humble opinion haha, is with some homemade gummies.
You’ve probably seen me go on about homemade gummies before. I even made an eBook of recipes for them, I’m that addicted.
They’re really easy to make (like SUPER easy). They taste amazing. And kids love them, it’s like eating lollies but without all the sugar and colourings and rubbish.
If you use good quality gelatin, ethically sourced from pasture-raised cattle, the health benefits are far-reaching, even beyond your gut health.
Beyond gut health – more benefits of gelatin
- Gelatin is an excellent source of protein, containing 18 protein-building amino acids
- It’s also a great source of calcium, magnesium and potassium (strengthen those bones!)
- Gelatin is basically pure collagen… we all know how good collagen is for the skin, right? It strengthens our connective tissues. So more gummies = better skin, hair and nails, hurray! Don’t spend $$$ on collagen creams for your face, eat it, and get that glow from the inside out.
- It seals the digestive tract which means you can absorb nutrients from your food much better – it’s an all-round digestion-booster
- Gelatin is anti-inflammatory, can help your liver detox, strengthen your joints, aide sleep, help muscles recover and avoid injury
How to get more gelatin into your diet
First up, try the gummies (buy my healthy gummies ebook here).
They can be made in about 5 minutes flat and taste so freaking good.
As well as the gummies, there are other ways to get more gelatin. Cooking in more traditional ways, like our grandparents did, is a good place to start. Ditch the chicken breasts and minced meat a few nights a week, and cook meats slowly on the bone. All the nutrients are then released into the meat.
Make bone broth and home-made stocks. It’s easier than you think (I make mine overnight in the slow cooker, too easy). Freeze in batches and use for gravy, or wherever you need to add stock to a dish. Even if a recipe doesn’t call for it, you can add some to curries, pasta sauces, cook your rice or couscous or buckwheat in it instead of water.
Use gelatin to make deliciously wobbly desserts like cheesecake or Pana Cotta.
Every little bit helps.
Which gelatin to buy
Get yourself some good quality gelatin powder. Avoid the supermarket shelves, I’m afraid. The source matters. Buy gelatin that’s made from ethically and responsibly-farmed grass-fed or pasture-raised cows.
Great Lakes also make another type of gelatin (in the green can) that doesn’t set into gummies but can be used to mix into your smoothies and other foods, for example, as it dissolves really well.
My fave way with gelatin
I’m totally in love with the Chocolate Mousse and Strawberry Smoothie Gummies from The Little Book of Healthy Gummies.
Or, for a special grown-ups-only treat, the Rosé Gummy Bears are the bomb!
And finally, my ultimate dessert, Lemon and Gingernut Cheesecake. Yum!