June 06, 2014

Gelatin: Health Benefits and Recipe Wrap-up

Hi everyone! I hope your week is going well so far. I have a special weekly recipe wrap-up today that focuses on gelatin. This super food has become a staple in my diet, and I want to convince you to add it to your routine as well.

One of the first things I tell people when they ask for dietary advice is to stop counting calories. Yep you read that right. Proper nutrition involves so much more than the calorie content of food. The most important thing is the quality of the food you are eating. Basically this comes down to using real ingredients, from reliable sources. Meats from grassfed animals, produce free from pesticides and genetically modified seeds, natural, unprocessed sweeteners, healthy fats and oils... you get the idea.

One simple way to add nutrients to your diet is to add grassfed gelatin to your recipes. The book Nourishing Traditions outlines the many health benefits of gelatin and I now routinely tell people to incorporate this superfood into their diet.
The health benefits of gelatin include:

  • It provides an easily utilized source of collagen which is important for skin elasticity and texture 
  • It helps support bone and joint function and recovery from injury due to its effects on cartilage  
  • It aids in digestion and helps support the gut lining  
  • The glycine in gelatin can help fight inflammation and improve sleep  
  • It helps promote healthy nails, skin and hair growth due to the keratin content 
  • Is an easily digestible protein source that contains 18 amino acids (and 6 grams of protein per tablespoon) 

There are many ways to add more gelatin to your diet. Some of the most simple include:

  • Drinking bone broth made with the bones from grassfed animals (make your own or buy it here
  • Adding powdered gelatin to your recipes including soups, stews, sauces and dips 
  • Making recipes that specifically incorporate gelatin (I have collected 50 for you below) 

I also want to emphasize that the quality of the gelatin that you use is very important. Always make your bone broth with bones from grassfed animals and buy only grassfed powdered gelatin. I recommend the Great Lakes brand which can be found here or here

And to make incorporating gelatin into your recipes that much easier I have collected 50 recipes that all use gelatin! Yep 50 ways to add this superfood to your diet. I would love to know which of these recipes you try and which are your favourite. Simply click on the title of the recipe to be taken to its original source. 

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Happy eating everyone! 

Fruit Snacks 

Pina Colada Gummy Snacks from The Savory Lotus 

Puddings and Mousse 

5 Minute Healing Pumpkin Pudding from Grass Fed Girl 


Ice Cream


So have I convinced you to starting including gelatin in your diet? If you need even more convincing here are a few other articles you should read:

1. Top 20 Health Benefits of Gelatin from Grassfed Girl 

2. Gelatin: Do you know this superfood? from The Savory Lotus 

3. Gelatin: Why we love it from the Paleo Parents 

4. The Healing Powers of Gelatin from Wolf Pack Lovin

Have a great weekend everyone! I hope it will included some delicious food!
And as always please feel free to contact me at any time with questions or comments

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