Are you getting enough gelatin in your diet?
You may have heard about the benefits of gelatin in your diet. If not, some of the benefits include healthier, smoother skin, healing of the gut and improved digestion, stronger hair and nails, and it’s great for your joints. Gelatin contains 18 amino acids and collagen, both of which are essential to good health and radiant beauty. It’s also a healthy source of protein. Making gummies is a quick and easy way to get that gelatin into your day.
Making your own gummies is easy and healthy.
Just like making any food from scratch, you are in control of the ingredients – instead of a large corporation who may be more concerned about their bottom line than your health. Choosing the highest quality ingredients you can afford means your gummies will be healthier than commercially processed products. I am currently using Great Lakes gelatin, and am excited to try the Just Gelatin offered through the Trim Healthy Mama store.
Make sure you are purchasing the right product, though, or your gummies won’t set.
Collagen hydrolysate is not the same as gelatin. The Great Lakes brand of collagen comes in the green can, you want the orange can for making gummies. Trim Healthy Mama also offers Integral Collagen, but again it will not set up like gelatin, making it great for adding to beverages like your morning coffee for an extra protein boost.
Add lemon juice and turmeric to boost the health factor.
Turmeric is amazing stuff, truly. I’ve read reports stating that it fights inflammation, helps with weight loss, is a natural pain reliever, antibacterial, helps with sleep…the list is quite long indeed.
I can tell you that I once used mustard to relieve the horrible burning pain I had after cutting a bunch of banana peppers while not wearing gloves. They’re not that hot, I don’t need gloves, I thought.
Trust me. Wear the gloves. But if you do end up with burn-y pepper hands, slather some mustard on them. Both the turmeric, whose active ingredient is curcumin, and the vinegar in mustard brought practically instant relief.
The vitamin C in the lemon juice is helpful for your immune system. I’m feeling kind of scratchy-throated these last few days, so being proactive and getting extra nutrients into my system at the onset almost always helps me not get sick.
Please remember, I am not a doctor. I’m just sharing what works for me. Be responsible and do your own research!
I ate several of these while writing this post. Because I didn’t want to stop and make lunch! Not the best thing to do, but better than eating nothing.
Gummies make it easy to add extra protein.
Sometimes getting enough protein in your day is tough. You don’t always feel like cooking something for lunch and it’s easier to just throw together a salad. Or maybe you don’t always have easy protein choices to throw in that salad available. Adding a few gummies to your meals or as a quick snack between meals can help you stay on track with my Trim Healthy Mama eating plan.
How to get the gummies out of the mold.
You can easily make gummies in a baking dish and just cut them into whatever size pieces you like. But if you use a mold, like the silicone ice cube tray I used, they can be hard to remove sometimes.
I set my tray of gummies in a baking dish with hot water for a few minutes. While it was sitting there with the hot water loosening the bottoms, I took a small paring knife and ran it around the edges of each gummy to loosen the sides. They popped out fairly easily then.
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**Just a note: I used Gluccie to keep the turmeric from settling out as the gummies set. It is an entirely optional ingredient, and you can probably replace it with xanthan gum just fine if you like.**
- In a small sauce pan, combine the lemon juice, turmeric, water, stevia and salt.
- Sprinkle gelatin over the top of the liquid and let it sit to "bloom" for a few minutes.
- Over medium-low heat, stir until gelatin is dissolved completely.
- Sprinkle Gluccie in slowly while whisking constantly util dissolved.
- Remove from heat and add ice cubes, stirring until slightly thickened.
- Pour into molds or an 8x8 baking dish.
- Refrigerate several hours until set.
- I used a silicone ice cube tray and this cute heart shaped silicone mold to make my gummies. To remove them easily, I set the trays in a pan of hot water for a few minutes. The hearts popped right out. With the ice cube tray, I also took a small paring knife and ran it around the edges of the gummies to loosen the sides while the tray sat in the hot water.
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