Gelatin for Health: Gummy Bears

Gelatin for Health: Gummy Bears

These delicious little bears will surely please the kids in your life… but don’t tell them they’re good for you gummy bearstoo.

The magic ingredient is the gelatin. Be sure to use the Great Lakes brand of gelatin as it’s made from clean, grass fed beef without pesticides, GMOs and antibiotics.Stay away from the grocery store versions of gelatin.

Gelatin, or collagen protein, is rich in the amino acids glycine and proline which help your body wherever you need collagen. It helps to improve skin, hair and nails, but also bones and even joints. Did you know your bones are made mostly of collagen?

The amino acids in the gelatin also have an anti-inflammatory effect…. one reason people feel joint relief. In fact, increasing collagen in your bones, skin, hair and nails takes awhile, so you’ll need to stick with a good gelatin regimen for 6 months or more to reap those benefits. The improvements in joint pain comes from the anti-inflammatory effect seen earlier.

Gelatin is easily absorbed and used by the body. In fact, it even helps in healing leaky gut and other digestive issues.

One more important aspect of gelatin is it’s stress relieving effect. The amino acid glycine acts a bit as a calming neurotransmitter, somewhat like GABA. What more could you ask for? Smooth, beautiful skin, thick hair, strong nails, great sleep, lower stress, no more digestive distress, and strong bones and joints!

To get the most benefit, take a TBSP of gelatin mixed in water, a shake, or other liquid a few times a day. Take before bed for better sleep.

In between, eat the Gummy Bears!

Gummy Bears

Ingredients

1c pure cranberry juice, no sugar added

1/4 c lime juice

1/4 c lemon juice (or more lime juice)

1/2 c water

6-8 packets NuStevia NoCarbs Blend

1/3 c Great Lakes Beef Powdered Gelatin (orange canister)

Silicon gelatin mold or glass baking dish

Instructions

Place your mold on a tray/pan so it will be easy to transport to the fridge when ready. Clear out a space in the fridge.

Add juices and water to a saucepan and turn heat to low.

Stir in stevia. Taste juice mix to see if it’s as sweet as you’d like. Add more stevia if you’d like your gummies sweeter.

Slowly sprinkle gelatin into the juice mix, whisking with a fork or hand whisk the whole time. If you get lumps, just keep whisking until they dissolve.

If your saucepan doesn’t have a pour spout, it’s best to transfer the mixture to something that pours easily. I use a glass Pyrex 2c measuring cup.

Pour the mixture into the molds (or a glass dish), transfer to the fridge, and allow to cool for at least 2 hours. Once the gummies are solid, pop them out of the mold and store in an airtight container in the fridge.

You can find a variety of molds online or at craft or baking stores. For the most fun, choose a variety of shapes and sizes!