By Bernadette Kathryn, LMT, IHLC
Fresh Raspberries, Great Lakes Gelatin, Goji Raspberry Green Tea & Raw Organic Honey make up the perfect mixture for a wonderfully refreshing up-dated version of your old familiar Jello — which we will now call Gelee! Goji Raspberry Gelee — made from a flavored Green Tea, a little sweet and very refreshing.
That’s the uptown fancy way of saying Jello — same thing. Jello is great for a snack and so versatile, you can use a multitude of liquids to gel and add almost any fruit to dress it up. I have used sliced strawberries, grapes, blueberries, goji berries, pomegranates, raspberries — I am guessing you could use kiwi although I have never tried it… anybody know more?
(Although, I tried pineapple a few times and that didn’t work, probably the acid… not sure)
Here’s what I did:
- I made a pot of tea (4 cups) and used the Goji Raspberry Green Tea
- I used 6 tea bags for the 4 cups — you can make it whatever strength you like
- I added 2 T of the raw organic honey
- I bloomed 3T of gelatin in room temperature water for 1 minute
- Added the gelatin to to the tea after disposing of the tea bags
- Poured the tea into cute little ice cube tray molds to create the shapes
- And, poured the remainder into a flat tray with a pint of raspberries
- Put it all into the fridge to set
- An hour or so later, pulled it all out and had the cute little gelatin treats!
- You may have to experiment with this recipe to get the flavor and texture that you like best
The BIG BENEFIT to gelatin is just that — the gelatin!
It’s miraculous for your hair, skin, nails, and joints….
did I mention it’s good for you?
According to Nourishing Traditions
(one of the great books in our bookstore),
there are a variety of health benefits to consuming Gelatin, including:
- Supports skin, hair and nail growth
- Good for joints and can help joint recovery
- Can help tighten loose skin (like the kind you get after years in the sun)
- Can improve digestion; by helping food move though the digestive track
- Rumored to help improve cellulite, don’t know about this but worth a try?
- Great source of dietary collagen
- Source of protein, its specific amino acids can help build muscle
Gelatin is largely composed of the amino acids glycine and proline, which many people don’t consume in adequate amounts as they are found in the bones, fibrous tissues and organs of animals and as a population, we don’t consume these parts as much anymore. These amino acids are needed not only for proper skin, hair and nail growth, but for optimal immune function and weight regulation!
Glycine, which makes up about 1/3 of the amino acids in gelatin powder is anti-inflammatory and evidence is finding that it can help speed wound healing. Glycine in gelatin can also help improve sleep ease and quality.
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